The brilliant actress and singer Audra McDonald made history on Sunday when she received the Tony Award for her performance as Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill. McDonald has won six Tony Awards—more than any other actor—and is the only person to win all four acting categories.
Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill tells the life story of the iconic jazz singer through the songs that made her famous. The play is set in 1959 an intimate nightclub in Philadelphia. Unfortunately this would be one of Holiday's last performances.
McDonald appeared on PBS's Charlie Rose: The Week on Friday—only two days before her historic win—to channel the legendary singer in a performance of "Crazy He Calls Me." Watch the magic AFTER THE JUMP ...
It was two years ago that McDonald won Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical for Porgy and Bess at the 66th Annual Tony Awards in 2012. Porgy and Bess also won the award for Best Revival.
McDonald's previous wins include Best Featured Actress in a Play for A Raisin in the Sun and Master Class, Best Actress in a Musical for The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess and Best Featured actress in a musical for Ragtime and Carousel. McDonald has won two Grammy Awards in 2008 for Best Classical Album and Best Opera Recording for the Los Angeles Opera production of Kurt Weill's Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny.