On Sunday, Audra McDonald won the Tony Award for best leading actress in a musical and became the first black actress to ever win five Tony Awards. McDonald was honored for her powerful portrayal of Bess in “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess.”
“I was a little a girl with a potbelly and afro puffs, hyperactive and overdramatic. And I found the theater and I found my home,” McDonald said in her acceptance speech Sunday.
McDonald’s win makes her only the seventh black woman to win a Tony in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Musical category, Tambay at Shadow & Act points out. The last black actress to win in the category was LaChanze for her performance in The Color Purple in 2006.
McDonald’s four previous wins were in the featured role category for “Carousel,” “Master Class,” “Ragtime,” and “A Raisin in the Sun.” Only two other women have five Tony Awards, Angela Lansbury and Julie Harris.