The 68th annual Tony Awards went down Sunday night and this was our favorite part (besides Dougie Howser in drag.)
Audra McDonald Wins Her Sixth Tony Award, Making Her Most Winning Actress In History
And it was an especially good night for Broadway record setter Audra McDonald, winner of best dramatic actress for Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill – her sixth Tony.
McDonald’s historic win – at age 43 – topped Angela Lansbury and Julie Harris’s previous records of five acting Tonys each, and the Radio City Music Hall audience acknowledged the significance of the achievement with a prolonged standing ovation.
As the cheers continued, McDonald cried openly, and acknowledged Lena Horne, Diahann Carroll, Ruby Dee, Maya Angelou and Billie Holiday, whom she plays in the drama.
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She also told her children and husband they are most important thing in life to her, and thanked her late parents, up in heaven, for ignoring their doctor’s advice and not medicating their overactive daughter.
Yay! This is awesome. Congrats to Audra!