April 30, 2014 - Audra McDonald

  • 04/30/2014

Syria's president runs for reelection, Clay Aiken discusses his bid for Congress, a lesbian trio gets married, and Audra McDonald talks "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill."

>> Stephen: TONIGHT I CHECKIN ON THE MIDTERM ELECTIONS,

NO, DON'T CHANGE THE CHANNEL.

THEN MORE BAD NEWS ABOUT GAYMARRIAGE.

THE ORGANIST CHARGES DOUBLETO PLAY HERE COMES THE BRIDE

TWICE.

AND MY GUEST AUDRA McDONALDSTARS ON BROADWAY AS JAZZ

GREAT BILLIE HOLIDAY.

WONDER WHAT DISNEY PRINCESSTHAT'S BASED ON.

A NEW PROJECT WILL GIVE EACHM.I.T. UNDERGRAD STUDENT

$100 WORTH OF BITCOINS.WAIT, $60 WORTH OF BITCOIN,

NO WAIT, $800 WORTH OF BITCOIN

THIS IS "THE COLBERTREPORT."

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)>> STEPHEN, STEPHEN,

STEPHEN!

STEPHEN, STEPHEN, STEPHEN!

STEPHEN, STEVE, STEPHEN.

>> Stephen: WELCOME TO THEREPORT, EVERYBODY.

GOOD TO YOU HAVE WITH US.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)>> Stephen: THANKS, FOLKS.

YOU KNOW, YOU KNOW, WE ARECOMING UP ON ELECTION SEASON

AS A NEWSMAN, IT'S MY JOB TOBRING YOU THE LATEST,

BASELESS SPECULATION ON WHOMIGHT BE RUNNING WHO IS

THINKING ABOUT RUNNING ANDWHO WAS RECENTLY SEEN

RUNNING.

(LAUGHTER)WHY IS HE RUNNING?

IS IT BECAUSE HE'S RUNNING?

WELL, ON MONDAY ONE DARKHORSE CANDIDATE HAS

OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCED HE'SRUNNING FOR PRESIDENT,

BASHAR AL-ASSAD.

>> SYRIA'S PRESIDENTBASHAR ASSAD IS ANNOUNCING

HIS CANDIDACY IN THEUPCOMING PRESIDENTIAL

ELECTIONS.

>> HE WILL RUN FOR A THIRDSEVEN YEAR TERM IN JUNE.

>> Stephen: BASHAR ASSAD HASTHROWN HIS HAT IN THE RING.

AND BY HAT I MEAN NERVE GASAND BY RING I MEAN PEOPLE.

(LAUGHTER)AND WHILE SYRIA IS

TECHNICALLY IN THE MIDDLE OFA CIVIL WAR, YOU KNOW, YOU

KNOW WHO ELSE WON THEPRESIDENCY IN THE MIDDLE OF

A CIVIL WAR?

LINCOLN.

THAT IS WHERE THESIMILARITIES END.

NOW HE MAY BE UNPOPULAR BUTMY MONEY IS STILL ON ASSAD

BECAUSE HE'S A TOUGHCAMPAIGNER.

HE CAN GO VERY NEGATIVEBECAUSE HIS ATTACK ADS ARE

ACTUAL ATTACKS.

(LAUGHTER)MEANWHILE, ELECTORALLY BACK

HERE IN AMERICA THE MID-TERMELECTIONS ARE UPON US AND I

COULD NOT BE MOREMID-EXCITED.

I AM HALF PUMPED.

BECAUSE, BECAUSE THEDEMOCRATS ARE GOING TO GET

WHIPPED LIKE ONE OF THEIRBELOVED SMOOTHIES.

PINEAPPLE AND MANGO BLENDEDTOGETHER AS ONE.

I'M SORRY, THAT IS FRUITSODOMY.

BY THE WAY, DO NOT GOOGLEFRUIT SODOMY.

(LAUGHTER)AND IT'S ALL THANKS TO THE

PLUMMETING POPULARITY OFBARACK OBAMA.

>> PRESIDENT OBAMA'SAPPROVAL RATING TAKING A

NOSEDIVE ACCORDINGTO A NEW "WASHINGTON POST"

ABC NEWS POLL, PRESIDENT'SAPPROVAL RATING HAS HIT A

NEW LOW, 41%.

>> Stephen: 41%.

THAT MEANS HE'S ONLY 35%MORE POPULAR THAN CONGRESS.

(LAUGHTER)AND THE BAD NEWS DOES NOT END

THERE.

BECAUSE THAT SAME"WASHINGTON POST" ABC NEWS

POLL FOUND THAT 53% OFVOTERS SAY THEY WOULD RATHER

SEE REPUBLICANS IN CONGRESSCONTROL OF CONGRESS.

THAT IS GREAT NEWS, IF THE GOPTAKES BOTH HOUSES THEY'LL

FINALLY BE ABLE TO ADVANCETHEIR IDEAS WHICH SHOULD

REALLY MOTIVATE THEM TO HAVEAN IDEA.

(LAUGHTER)NOW ANOTHER BLOW, ANOTHER

BLOW TO THE DONKEY-CRAT HOPESIS THAT JUST 23% OF

AMERICANS IN THE AGE OF 18AND 29 SAY THEY WILL

DEFINITELY BE VOTING IN THENOVEMBER ELECTION.

I DON'T KNOW WHY, BUT FORSOME REASON COLLEGE STUDENTS

AREN'T THRILLED BY THE WORDMIDTERM.

AND-- (LAUGHTER)

MILLENNIALS TEND TOVOTE FOR DEMOCRATS SO THEIR

APATHY MAKES ME HAPPY.

OR AS THE YOUNGSTERS SAYHASHTAG SAXOPHONE EMOJI.

WITH ALL THIS BAD NEWS IT ISNO SURPRISE DEMOCRATS ARE MAKING

HAIL MARYS ACROSS THE COUNTRY,CASE IN POINT NORTH CAROLINA'S

DISTRICT WHICH IS CURRENTLYREPRESENTED BY REPUBLICAN

CONGRESSWOMAN AND PERSON INALLERGY AD RENEE ELLMERS.

SHE WON HER SEAT BYCAMPAIGNING ON AN ISSUE SO

IMPORTANT TO THE NORTHERNMOST PART OF HER DISTRICT,

MANHATTAN.

>> THE TERRORISTS HAVEN'TWON.

AND WE SHOULD TELL THEM INPLAIN ENGLISH, NO.

THERE WILL NEVER BE A MOSQUEAT GROUND ZERO, I'M RENEE

ELLMERS AND I APPROVE THIS AD.

>> Stephen: STRONG STATEMENT,OF COURSE THAT AD UPSET

NORTH CAROLINA'S MUSLIMCOMMUNITY, BOTH OF THEM.

BUT THAT'S NOT ELLMERS ONLYACCOMPLISHMENT.

LAST FALL SHE ALSO VOTED TOSHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT.

WHO CAN FORGET THE MESSAGEOF HOPE SHE SENT THOSE

FEDERAL WORKERS THAT HERVOTE LAID OFF.

>> THE THING OF IT IS I NEEDMY PAYCHECK.

THAT'S THE BOTTOM LINE.

AND I UNDERSTAND THAT MAYBETHERE ARE SOME OTHER MEMBERS

WHO ARE, YOU KNOW, DEFERRINGTHEIR PAYCHECKS AND I THINK

THAT IS ADMIRABLE.

I'M NOT IN THAT POSITION.

>> Stephen: YES, SHE WASN'TIN THAT POSITION.

AND NEITHER WERE THEWORKERS.

THEY WERE BENDING OVER ANDTAKING IT.

AND IF SHE WEREN'T, IF SHEWEREN'T ENOUGH OF A SHOE-IN

ALREADY, GET A LOAD OF WHOTHE DEMOCRATS ARE RUNNING

AGAINST HER.

>> I'M CLAY AIKEN.

YOU MIGHT WONDER WHY-- (LAUGHTER)

>> Stephen: YES, I DO WONDERWHY YOU ARE RUNNING.

IS IT BECAUSE THERE HASN'TBEEN ANYONE IN CONGRESS WITH

SUCH GOLDEN PIPES SINCESENATOR JOHN ASHCROFT ♪ LET

THE EAGLE SOAR ♪♪ LIKE SHE'S NEVER SOARED

BEFORE ♪♪.

>> Stephen: THAT NEVER FAILSTO BRING A TEAR TO MY EYE.

(LAUGHTER)AND FOR SOME REASON BLOOD TO

MY EARS.

(LAUGHTER)NOW MAKE NO MISTAKE, FOLKS.

I AM AN AIKEN FAN ORCLAYMATE.

I VOTED FOR HIM THROUGHSEASON 2.

WHEN HE LOST TO RUBENSTODDARD I WAS CRUSHED,

ALMOST AS CRUSHED AS I WASWHEN THEY VOTED OFF THAT OLD

LADY.

BUT I CANNOT SUPPORT CLAYAIKEN FOR CONGRESS.

NOT ONLY IS HE A DEMOCRAT,HE IS ALSO A GAY WHICH I

ONLY RECENTLY DISCOVEREDWERE TWO SEPARATE THINGS.

(LAUGHTER)AND I CANNOT BELIEVE HE'S

TRYING TO GET RENEE ELLMERSFIRED.

DOES HE NOT KNOW HOW BADLYSHE NEEDS HER PAYCHECK?

IF HE WERE ON MY SHOW RIGHTNOW, I'D VOTE HIM OFF.

HERE TO BE KICKED OUT OF MYSTUDIO, PLEASE WELCOME

FORMER AMERICAN ALMOST IDOLAND CANDIDATE FOR NORTH

CAROLINA'S SECOND DISTRICT,CLAY AIKEN.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)ALL RIGHT, LISTEN UP.

LISTEN UP.

OKAY.

I AM UNCHARMED BY THOSE BABYBLUES AND THOSE GOLDEN

PIPES.

WHO THE HELL DO YOU THINKYOU ARE, YOU HOLLYWOOD

LIBERAL, COMING INTO NORTHCAROLINA WITH YOUR SAN

FRANCISCO VALUES.

>> WELL, I THINK PEOPLE AREVERY FED UP WITH THE KIND OF

TONE DEAF REPRESENTATIONTHEY'VE HAD.

YOU HEARD-- .

>> Stephen: TONE DEAF JUSTBECAUSE YOU HAVE PERFECT

PITCH?

THAT'S KIND OF CHEAP.

>> I MEAN YOU SEE WHAT WEARE DEALING WITH NOW.

WE'VE GOT A REPRESENTATIVENOW WHO HAS COMPLETELY

IGNORED THE PEOPLE WHO SHEWAS ELECTED TO REPRESENT.

>> Stephen: I DON'T KNOWABOUT THE COMPLETELY IGNORED

THING.

BUT HOW ARE YOU NOT GOING TOCOMPLETELY IGNORE THEM.

>> WELL, I HAVE SPENT MYENTIRE LIFE SINCE IDOL

TRYING TO STAND UP FORCHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES.

I STARTED AN ORGANIZATIONFOR KIDS WITH DISABILITIES.

AND HAVE BEEN AN ADVOCATEFOR CERTAIN POPULATIONS FOR

THE PAST 11 YEARS.

AND THESE PEOPLE IN NORTHCAROLINA PUT ME HERE.

THEY GAVE ME THIS PLATFORM,THIS MICROPHONE.

AND I FEEL LIKE IT'S MYRESPONSIBILITY TO USE THAT

TO GIVE BACK TO THEM ANDMAKE SURE THEY'RE

REPRESENTED IN A WAY.

>> Stephen: I'M UNWARMED BYYOUR STORY.

THAT'S MY DISABILITY, OKAY.

ALL RIGHT?

I DON'T HEAR THINGS I DON'TLIKE.

SO FT. BRAGG, LARGESTMILITARY BASE IN THE WORLD

IS IN YOUR DISTRICT.

YOU'RE A DEMOCRAT.

HOW ARE YOU GOING TO RUN TOTHE RIGHT OF A REPUBLICAN ON

DEFENSE.

>> WHY WOULD I NEED TO RUNTO THE RIGHT.

>> Stephen: BECAUSE THERIGHT OWNS DEFENSE, MY

FRIEND.

>> I THINK WHAT THE RIGHTDOESN'T OWN IS VETERAN'S

AFFAIRS, THE VETERAN'SUNEMPLOYMENT RATE IS 11%,

FOUR POINTS HIGHER THAN THEREST OF THE CIVILIAN

POPULATION THERE ARE A LOTOF REALLY INCREDIBLE

PROPOSALS ON THE TABLE THATAREN'T GETTING ANYWHERE

BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE MOREINTERESTED IN SHUTTING DOWN

THE GOVERNMENT,SEQUESTRATION, DOING THINGS

TO MAKE SURE THE OTHER SIDEDOESN'T GET A WIN.

THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO AREHURTING NOW AND NOTHING IS

GETTING DONE IN CONGRESSBECAUSE NOBODY WANTS TO WORK

TOGETHER.

THAT FRUSTRATES ME.

I'M SURE IT FRUSTRATES YOUEVEN THOUGH YOU DON'T WANT

TO ADMIT IT IT FRUSTRATES ALOT OF FOLKS IN THIS

COUNTRY.

>> Stephen: I WILL HAPPILYADMIT THAT PARTISAN

POLITICAL BICKERING IS HOW IMAKE MY LIVING.

(LAUGHTER)>> IT'S EXACTLY HOW PEOPLE

IN D.C. MAKE THEIR LIVINGTOO.

>> Stephen: ALL RIGHT.

NOW IT'S GOING TO BE-- (APPLAUSE)

CLAY, I CAN CALL YOU CLAY.

>> PLEASE DO.

>> Stephen: IS THERE GOINGTO BE ANY SINGING ON THIS

TOUR OF YOURS.

>> PUT THE ASSES IN THESEATS.

>> I'M ON SABBATICAL.

>> Stephen: NOT EVEN THENATIONAL ANTHEM.

>> I MIGHT SING IT HERE ORTHERE BUT I'M GOING LEAVE

IT TO YOU.

>> Stephen: OH SAY -->> I FELL LIKE THAT WAS-- I

HAVE HAD A GREAT 11 YEARSSINGING.

AND THIS IS THE NEW CHAPTERFOR ME.

I THINK IT'S MORE IMPORTANTTHAN SINGING AND SO I HAVE

PUT THAT ON THE BACK BURNERFOR SURE.

>> Stephen: HEADLINE, CLAYAIKEN REFUSES TO SING

NATIONAL ANTHEM.

(LAUGHTER)CLAY, THANK YOU SO MUCH.

CLAY AIKEN.

NORTH CAROLINA'S SECONDDISTRICT.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)>> Stephen: VOTE FOR HIM IF

YOU MUST.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK,

EVERYBODY, THANK YOU SOMUCH.

VERY NICE.

NATION, WE ALL KNOWAMERICA'S FLUSHING ITS

VALUES DOWN THE CRAPPER.

I MEAN DOES NO ONE READ THETOILET PAPER ONLY SIGN?

BUT EVEN I WASN'T PREPAREDFOR THE LATEST ALTITUDE DROP

ON AMERICA'S MORALFREE-FOR-ALL.

IN MASSACHUSETTS A LESBIANTRIO CLAIMS TO BE MARRIED,

CALLED THEMSELVES THEWORLD'S FIRST THROUPLE.

(LAUGHTER)EXCUSE ME, I JUST THROUPLED

A LITTLE BIT IN MY MOUTH.

(LAUGHTER)THIS IS A MASSIVE AFFRONT TO

TRADITIONAL MARRIAGE.

IT'S ADAM AND EVE, NOT MADAMAND EVE AND SHEILA.

(LAUGHTER)WORSE IT'S AN AFFRONT TO

TRADITIONAL THREESOMES WHICHARE A WEDGE THAT DRIVES

STRAIGHT COUPLES APART AFTERWHAT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE A

FUN BIRTHDAY PRESENTINEVITABLY LEADS TO CRYING

WHENEVER SOMEONE HEARS THENAME STACEY.

(LAUGHTER)NOW YOU MAY ASK YOURSELF,

AND I WOULD NOT BLAME YOU,YOU MIGHT BE SAYING TO

YOURSELF WHY AM I REPORTINGON THIS?

WELL, GREG, BECAUSE THROUPLEHOODIS CLEARLY AN EPIDEMIC

SPREADING FROM MASSACHUSETTSTO SEVERAL ARTICLES ABOUT

THIS HAPPENING INMASSACHUSETTS.

(LAUGHTER)ONE POINT MAKES A LINE.

AND IT'S ALL THE FAULT OFGAY MARRIAGE.

I AGREE WITH FOX NEWSCONTRIBUTOR AND DEFINITELY

NOT A LESBIAN TODD STARNESWHO RECENTLY FACEBOOKED WHEN

YOU REDEFINE MARRIAGE, IT'SANYTHING GOES.

AND THE WASHINGTON TIMESEDITORIAL BOARD WHO

EDITORIALED THIS WASFORETOLD WHEN THE SUPREME

COURT EVISCERATED AUTHENTICMARRIAGE LAST YEAR.

YES, THREE LESBIANS TOGETHERWAS FORETOLD BY THE SUPREME

COURT.

AND THE ENTIRE PORNINDUSTRY.

(LAUGHTER)AND FOR THE RECORD, THE

WARNINGS DID NOT START JUSTLAST YEAR.

ANTONIN SCALIA WAS THINKINGABOUT THREE LESBIANS WAY

BACK IN 2003 WHEN HE DISSENTEDIN LAWRENCE V TEXAS WHICH

STRUCK DOWN TEXAS'SANTI-SODOMY LAW SAYING THE

RULING, QUOTE, CALLED INTOQUESTION STATE LAWS AGAINST

BIGAMY, SAME-SEXMARRIAGE, ADULT INCEST,

PROSTITUTION, ADULTERY,FORNICATION, BESTIALITY AND

OBSCENITY.

YES, IT IS A SLIPPERY SLOPE.

SODOMY LEADS TO GAY MARRIAGEWHICH LEADS TO THROUPLING

WHICH INEVITABLY LEADS TOTHREE--- THREESTALLITY,

FIVENICATION AND WHATEVERWORD THEY COME UP WITH FOR

ONE DUDE AND TEN SNAKES IN ABOX.

I'M GOING TO SAY HISSY FIT?

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK,EVERYBODY, MY GUEST TONIGHT

HAS WON FIVE TONYS.

JUST ONE MORE AND THAT WILLBE SIX.

PLEASE WELCOME AUDRAMcDONALD.

(APPLAUSE)AUDRA, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR

COMING BACK.

GOOD TO SEE YOU.

>> THANK YOU.

>> Stephen: I LOVE IT WHENYOU'RE ON THE SHOW.

>> I HAVE A GOOD TIME ONYOUR SHOW.

>> Stephen: I'M REALLYEXCITED ABOUT THE NEW SHOW,

LADY DAY AT EMMERSON'S BARAND GRILL, YOU PLAY BILLIE

HOLIDAY.

>> BILLIE HOLIDAY WAS ONE OFTHE MOST ICONIC JAZZ SINGERS

OF THE LAST CENTURY,BASICALLY.

AND THE SHOW TAKES PLACE INMARCH OF 1959, ABOUT FOUR

MONTHS BEFORE SHE DIED.

AND SHE WAS A BIT, SHE WASDRUG ADDICTED AND SHE WAS AN

ALCOHOLIC BUT SHE WAS ALSOAN AMAZING SINGER.

AND SO THE SHOW TAKES PLACEAS A CONCERT THAT SHE'S

TRYING TO GIVE RIGHT BEFORETHE END OF HER LIFE.

AND SHE TELLS STORIES ANDTRIES TO GET TO THE CONCERT

AND DOESN'T QUITE MAKE IT ATTHE END.

>> Stephen: HERE'S MYPROBLEM WITH THIS, OKAY.

IS THAT I HAVE SEEN YOU DO ACOUPLE OF THESE SONGS AND

YOU'RE TREMENDOUS.

BUT MY FEAR IS THAT YOU'REGOING TO DRAW YOUNG PEOPLE

INTO THE JAZZ LIFESTYLE WITHTHIS SHOW.

(LAUGHTER)>> THAT WOULD BE A WONDERFUL

THING.

>> Stephen: NO, NO, BECAUSEJAZZ, I DON'T-- I DON'T GO

TO JAZZING.

BUT JAZZ LEADS TO JAZZCIGARETTES.

AND THEN SWINGING OF HIPSAND BOOGIE WOOGIE AND YOU

KNOW.

YOU'RE CORRUPTING THE YOUTHOF AMERICA.

>> ACTUALLY I THINK WHATWE'RE DOING WITH OUR SHOW IS

NOT ONLY, YOU KNOW, FORPEOPLE WHO DIDN'T KNOW

BILLIE HOLIDAY AND LOVED HERMUSIC, THEY ARE GETTING A

CHANCE TO REEXPERIENCE HERAND HER MUSIC AND HER LEGACY

BUT ALSO FOR YOUNG PEOPLETHAT ARE COMING, THEY'RE

GETTING A LITTLE BIT OF AHISTORY LESSON ABOUT THE

PLIGHT OF AFRICAN-AMERICANSIN THE FIRST HALF OF THIS

LAST CENTURY.

>> Stephen: IS THEREANYTHING THAT YOU AND BILLIE

HOLIDAY HAVE IN COMMON.

BECAUSE SHE WAS A TORTUREDINDIVIDUAL.

>> YES.

>> Stephen: YOU SEEM PRETTYHEALTHY.

>> YEAH, I DON'T THINK I WASAS TORTURED AS BILLIE.

I, YOU KNOW, I UNDERSTANDWHAT IT'S LIKE TO BE A

SINGER AND BE NERVOUS ABOUTPERFORMING AND ALL THAT BUT

I DON'T NECESSARILY GO TODRUGS TO CALM ME DOWN.

I GO TO REESES PEANUT BUTTERCUPS IS MY THING.

>> Stephen: IT'S A SLOWERKILLER.

(LAUGHTER)>> Stephen: BUT IT WILL GET

THREW.

>> YES, YES.

>> Stephen: IT WILL DO THEJOB.

WHY DO WE, WHY DO WE REVERETHESE SINGERS?

HERE IS ANOTHER PROBLEM I'VEGOT WITH THE MUSIC INDUSTRY.

WE KEEP ON REVERING SINGERSWHO HAVE THESE DEMONS, WHO

DIE YOUNG.

WHAT IS IT ABOUT THEM SOTHAT DRAWS US IN?

IT'S THE STORY BECOMES SOATTRACTIVE TO US.

>> OF COURSE IT DOES.

BUT I THINK YOU KNOW BECAUSEAS A SINGER SOMEONE LIKE

BILLIE HOLIDAY, YOU KNOW,ALSO SOMEONE LIKE AMY

WINEHOUSE OR WHITNEY HOUSTONWHO HAVE HAD ISSUES LIKE

THIS.

THEY WERE ALL SUCHINDIVIDUAL TALENTS.

AND SO DEEPLY CONNECTED WITHWHO THEY WERE AS PEOPLE.

AND THAT IS WHAT THEIR MUSICBROUGHT FORTH.

AND SO PEOPLE I THINK CANCONNECT TO THAT ON A REAL

SORT OF, YOU KNOW, SPIRITUALAND HUMAN LEVEL.

AND SO IT'S JUST ACONNECTION THAT HAPPENS.

AND SO THEY, LIKE TO SAYTHAT THEY ARE RAW IN A WAY,

THAT THEY DON'T HAVE NERVEENDINGS.

THEY ARE JUST SORT OFCOMPLETELY RAW AND ARE

EXPERIENCING EVERYTHING AT AMUCH DEEPER LEVEL THAN WE

ARE SO THAT I GUESS WE DON'THAVE TO.

>> Stephen: OKAY.

>> DOES THAT BOTHER YOU.

>> Stephen: WHY CAN'T WEHAVE A MUSICAL ABOUT AMY

GRANT OR ANNE MURRAY ORSOMEBODY --

>> LOOK, I'M NOT SAYING THATWE SHOULDN'T HAVE A MUSICAL

ABOUT THEM AS WELL.

>> Stephen: OKAY.

>> MAYBE THERE COULD BE AFANTASY MUSICAL AMY GRANT, ANN

MURRAY AND BILLIE HOLIDAY.

>> Stephen: AND THEY ARE ATHROUPLE.

(LAUGHTER)WELL-- WILL YOU PLEASE-- ARE

YOU PREPARED TO DO SOMEJAZZ AT US?

>> I CAN THROW A LITTLE JAZZ,BILLIE CAN THROW A LITTLE

JAZZ YOUR WAY.

>> Stephen: NOW YOU HAVE APOWERFUL OPERATIC VOICE.

SHE HAS A VOICE THAT IS MADEFRAIL THROUGH TIME AND

ABUSE.

HOW DO YOU MAKE THATADJUSTMENT?

>> IT'S BEEN REALLYDIFFICULT.

I'VE BEEN STUDYING HER VOICEFOR ABOUT A YEAR AND A HALF

NOW TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOWTO BRING MY VOICE-- BECAUSE

HER VOICE IS SMALLER ANDDIDN'T HAVE A LARGE RANGE.

SO IT'S BEEN-- I'VE BEENLISTENING TO HER NIGHT AFTER

NIGHT AND STUDYING HER.

AND-- .

>> Stephen: POUNDING THE PEANUT

BUTTER CUPS.

>> POUNDING THEM HARD.

I SOUND A LITTLE BIT LIKE ACAT DURING THE DAY TRYING TO

IMITATE HER.

AND I TALK TO PEOPLE LIKEHER, YOU KNOW, I CAN TALK A

LITTLE BIT LIKE HER IF IWANTED TO.

>> Stephen: SURE.

>> MOTHER ABBOTT WOULD SAYTO YOU GOD BLESS YOU MY

CHILD AND BILLIE HOLIDAYMEANING THE SAME THING WOULD

SAY LIKE, "YOU'RE THE BEST(BLEEP) I EVER MET."

>> Stephen: I TAKE THAT AS ACOMPLIMENT.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK WITH APERFORMANCE BY AUDRA

McDONALD.