Audra McDonald Makes Tony Awards History, Hedwig Triumphs

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June 8, 2014 | 11:22pm EST

Broadway star Audra Mcdonald made history at the Tony Awards on Sunday night when she became the most decorated actress on the New York stage.
McDonald picked up her sixth Tony for portraying jazz and blues legend Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, putting her ahead of five-time winners Angela Lansbury and the late Julie Harris for the most competitive wins by a Broadway star.
The Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play win also gave McDonald the first Tony Awards grand slam – she has previously won gold as a best featured actress in a play (A Raisin in the Sun and Master Class), a best lead actress in a musical (The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess) and a best featured actress in a musical (Ragtime and Carousel).
Meanwhile, Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston was at the beginning of his Tonys journey – he scored Sunday night’s Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play for his New York stage debut as President Lyndon B. Johnson in All The Way, which also picked up the Best Play Tony.
Former Tonys host Neil Patrick Harris was also a first-time winner – he walked away with the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for his role as a gender-bending rocker in Hedwig & the Angry Inch.
Accepting his award, the gay star paid tribute to his partner David Burtka, stating, “I love you so much and I am so happy that we got to do this. Thank you for your sacrifices,” and his kids Harper and Gideon, adding, “I’m so sorry that I haven’t been able to spend as much time with you as I wish I could… I promise that as soon as this is done I’ll be able to read books to you and put you to sleep.”
The award marked a very special date in his family’s history – Harris’ parents were celebrating their wedding anniversary.
The actor’s Broadway hit was the night’s big winner, picking up a total of four awards. Hedwig also claimed the Best Revival of a Musical, Best Lighting and Lena Hall was honored with the prize for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical.
A Raisin in the Sun and A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder were triple winners.
A Raisin in the Sun claimed Best Revival of a Play, while Brit Sofie Okonedo and Kenny Leon claimed Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play and Best Direction titles, respectively, and Gentleman’s Guide landed awards for Best Musical, Best Costume Design and Best Direction of a Musical (Darko Tresnjak).
The full list of 2014 Tony Awards winners is:

Best Play
All the Way

Best Musical
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

Best Revival of a Play
A Raisin in the Sun

Best Revival of a Musical
Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Best Book of a Musical
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder – Robert L. Freedman

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theater
The Bridges of Madison County- Music & Lyrics: Jason Robert Brown

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
Bryan Cranston, All The Way

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Audra McDonald, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Neil Patrick Harris, Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Jessie Mueller, Beautiful – The Carole King Musical

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play
Mark Rylance (Twelfth Night)

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 Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
Lena Hall, Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Best Scenic Design of a Play
Beowulf Boritt, Act One

Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Christopher Barreca, Rocky

Best Costume Design of a Play
Jenny Tiramani, Twelfth Night

Best Costume Design of a Musical
Linda Cho, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder

Best Lighting Design of a Play
Natasha Katz, The Glass Menagerie

Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Kevin Adams, Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Best Sound Design of a Play
Steve Canyon Kennedy, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill

Best Sound Design of a Musical
Brian Ronan, Beautiful – The Carole King Musical

Best Direction of a Play
Kenny Leon, A Raisin in the Sun

Best Direction of a Musical
Darko Tresnjak, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder

Best Choreography
Warren Carlyle, After Midnight

Best Orchestrations
Jason Robert Brown, The Bridges of Madison County

Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theater – Jane Greenwood (casting designer)
Isabelle Stevenson Award for Humanitarian Efforts – Rosie O’Donnell
Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theater – Joseph P. Benincasa, Joan Marcus & Charlotte Wilcox

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