From here: History was made on Sunday night at the 66th Annual Tony Awards when Audra McDonald became the first black actress to ever win five Tony Awards. McDonald tied the overall record held by Angela Lansbury and Julie Harris.
McDonald’s incredible performance as Bess in “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess” earned her the Tony for best leading actress in a musical. Her four previous Tony Awards were for the featured role category for “Carousel,” “Master Class,” “Ragtime,” and “A Raisin in the Sun.”
The Juilliard-trained actress had already grabbed three Tony Awards before she was 30 and has been nominated for seven over the past 18 years. In addition to her five Tony Awards, McDonald also has two Grammy Awards, four albums, and two Emmy Award Nominations under her belt.
Really, was that trophy ever going anywhere else in the face of greatness like this?
[Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis perform You Is My Woman Now from Porgy and Bess during a taping of Soundcheck Live in The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space.]
PLUS: Another stunner--Too Many Mornings from Follies, sung with Nathan Gunn at the Sondheim 80th birthday concert: