2014 Tony Awards: Audra McDonald Makes History [PHOTOS]

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The 68th annual Tony Awards got off to a hoppin’ start with Hugh Jackman on Sunday night at Radio City Music Hall.

The evening’s host entered New York’s Radio City Hall hopping his way from the streets of New York, through the aisles and then backstage where he proceeded to meet the cast members of many of today’s biggest Broadway shows.

Audra McDonald who made Tony history on Sunday. She won best lead actress in a play for her portrayal of Billie Holiday in “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill,” making her sixth-ever Tony and making her the biggest Tony winner of all time. She now tops five-time Tony winners five-time winners Angela Lansbury and the late Julie Harris.

A list of announced winners follows:

Best Leading Actor in a Play

Bryan Cranston, All the Way

Best Leading Actress in a Play

Audra McDonald, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill

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 Featured Actress in a Play

Sophie Okonedo, A Raisin in the Sun

Best Choreography

Warren Carlyle, After Midnight

Best Featured Actor in a Musical

James Monroe Iglehart, Aladdin

Best Score

Jason Robert Brown, The Bridges of Madison County

Best Director of a Play

Kenny Leon, A Raisin in the Sun

Best Director of a Musical

Darko Tresnjak, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder

Best Book of a Musical

Robert L. Freedman, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder

Best Featured Actor in a Play

Mark Rylance, Twelfth Night

Best Orchestrations

Jason Robert Brown, The Bridges of Madison County

Best Scenic Design of a Play

Beowulf Boritt, Act One

Best Scenic Design of a Musical

Christopher Barreca, Rocky

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

The night’s presenters included:Kevin Bacon, Matt Bomer, Wayne Brady, Zach Braff, Kenneth Branagh, Patricia Clarkson, Bradley Cooper, Fran Drescher, Clint Eastwood, Emilio Estefan, Gloria Estefan, Vera Farmiga, Will Ferrell, Tony Goldwyn, Anna Gunn, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ethan Hawke, Carole King, Zachary Levi, Lucy Liu, Kate Mara, McDonald, Leighton Meester, Alessandro Nivola, Zachary Quinto, Emmy Rossum, Liev Schreiber, Orlando Bloom, Barrett Foa, Jonathan Groff, T.I., LL Cool J, Samuel L. Jackson, Judith Light, Rosie O’Donnell and Patrick Wilson.

Make sure to check out this stellar gallery.


The 26 winners were chosen by about 870 voters who are part of the the Actors’ Equity Association, the Dramatists Guild and the Stage Directors and other organizations.

 

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