Christopher Plummer presents the brilliant Audra McDonald with the award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical for Porgy and Bess at the 66th Annual Tony Awards. Porgy and Bess also won the award for Best Revival.
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McDonald becomes the first Black actress to ever win five Tony Awards, reports Shadow & Act. "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. The last black actress to win in the category was LaChanze for her performance in The Color Purple in 2006."
Also of note: Bruce Norris' Clybourne Park won the Tony Award for Best Play. Clybourne Park was written in response to Lorraine Hansberry's 1959 masterpiece A Raisin in the Sun (1959). It portrays fictional events set before and after that play. Clybourne Park was awarded the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
It was only two years ago in that for the first time in history Black performers won Best Actor and Best Actress in a play for the same theater season. Denzel Washington and Viola Davis triumphed for Fences,
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