We must congratulate Audra McDonald who made history during Sunday’s Tony Awards celebration! McDonald became the first black woman to claim 5 Tony Award wins. She picked up another award for Best Leading Actress In A Musical (for Porgy & Bess). This ties her with the record held by Angela Lansbury and Julie Harris.
Shadow And Act reports:
In addition to Audra’s win, other wins of note include: the Raisin In The Sun-inspired Clybourne Park (whichWendell Pierce is a producer on; I saw it and reviewed the play HERE) winning the Tony for Best Play, and Porgy & Bess winning the Tony for Best Revival Of A Musical (it won 2 awards).
The 41-year-old actress started the performance with the classic song “Summertime” before being joined by her fellow Tony-nominated co-stars Norm Lewis and David Alan Grier for a medley from the show.
Audra’s win makes her only the 7th black woman to win a Tony Award in the category she won for last night - Best Performance by an Actress in a Musical. The last time was when LaChanze won the award for her performance inThe Color Purple, in 2006.
Peep her acceptance speech-
Also check out her performance-