By Eddie Shapiro
Audra McDonald's 6-year-old daughter, Zo�, knows almost as many gay people as her mother. �We went on Rosie O'Donnell's cruise [on which McDonald performed] and had a gay ol� time,� chuckles McDonald. �[The gay thing] wasn't new to her. From a very early age she'd say things like 'Boys don't wear dresses,' and my husband and I always said the same thing: �Well, some boys do.� �
Zo� (named for McDonald's Master Class costar, Zo� Caldwell) is only just realizing that Mom is big. �Mommy, are you famous?� she recently asked. �Well, some people know who Mommy is, and some people don't,� explained the Broadway diva, who stars in the Roundabout Theatre Co.�s revival of 110 in the Shade, opening this month at New York's Studio 54. �Are you as famous as Oscar's daddy?� Zo� asked. (That'd be her playmate Oscar Jackman, son of Hugh.) �Um, no,� said McDonald, �not that famous.� �Well, why not?� demanded Zo�.
It's a fair question. Because although McDonald's never played a clawed mutant, she has, at 36, four Tony awards, an Emmy nomination, four solo albums, a slew of films and TV appearances, and a string of sold-out concerts worldwide. Nonetheless, she's both humbled and mystified by her fame: �I am always surprised that people even know who I am outside of New York City!�