Jun 09, 2014
By Scott Walker
History was made at the Tony Awards last night.
Audra McDonald won a record sixth Tony for her performance as Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill. The win puts McDonald one trophy ahead of Angela Lansbury and Julie Harris.
Winning for Best Actress in a Play also makes McDonald the only woman to win a Tony in all four acting categories. She has won two Best Featured Actress in a Play for A Raisin in the Sun and Master Class, a Best Lead Actress in a Musical for The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, and she twice won Best Featured Actress in a Musical (Ragtime and Carousel).
The best new play was Robert Schenkkan’s story of President Lyndon B. Johnson, All the Way. Barry Cranston won Best Actor in a Play for his performance as Johnson.
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder won the Tony for Best New Musical.
Neil Patrick Harris won Best Actor in a Musical for Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Jessie Mueller won Best actress for Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.
Jason Robert Brown won the Tony for his score for The Bridges of Madison County.