Last night at the 68th Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall, legendary performer Audra McDonald made history, by winning her sixth Tony Award for her performance as Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill. McDonald also became the first person to win in all four performance categories. McDonald beats a record she held with Angela Landsbury and Julie Harris. The record-breaking performer has previously won Tony Awards for The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, A Raisin in the Sun, Ragtime, Master Class and Carousel.
Ashley Lee of the Hollywood Reporter writes:
“The special number — staged by Warren Carlyle just for the broadcast — featured the musical’s hit numbers ‘On the Sunny Side of the Street’ and ‘It Don’t Mean a Thing,’ plus a ton of tap, jazz and freestyle, as moderated by the the production’s host, Dule Hill. Barrino hit the stage after performing her last show earlier that afternoon. Tonys host Hugh Jackman stepped in to join in on the tap dance, after ringing in the broadcast with a bounce-filled sequence highlighting the season’s new productions, including ‘A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,’ ‘Beautiful: The Carole King Musical,’ ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ and ‘Cabaret,’ among others.”
Other winners include:
Best Revival of a Play
A Raisin in the Sun
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play
Sophie Okonedo, A Raisin in the Sun
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical
James Monroe Iglehart, Aladdin
Best Sound Design of a Play
Steve Canyon Kennedy, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill
Best Direction of a Play
Kenny Leon, A Raisin in the Sun
Warren Carlyle, After Midnight
This post was written by Nsenga K. Burton, Ph.D., founder & editor-in-chief of the award-winning news site The Burton Wire.