Tony Award

Audra McDonald Becomes First Black Actress to Win Five Tony Awards

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.