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Audra McDonald makes Tony Awards history, Hedwig triumphs

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Jun 08, 2014 | 9:49pm EDT

Broadway star Audra Mcdonald made history at the Tony Awards on Sunday night (08Jun14) when she became the most decorated actress on the New York stage. McDonald picked up her sixth Tony for portraying jazz and blues legend Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill, putting her ahead of five-time winners Angela Lansbury and the late Julie Harris for the most competitive wins by a Broadway star. The Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play win also gave McDonald the first Tony Awards grand slam - she has previously won gold as a best featured actress in a play (A Raisin in the Sun and Master Class), a best lead actress in a musical (The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess) and a best featured actress in a musical (Ragtime and Carousel). Meanwhile, Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston was at the beginning of his Tonys journey - he scored Sunday night's Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play for his New York stage debut as President Lyndon B. Johnson in All The Way, which also picked up the Best Play Tony. Former Tonys host Neil Patrick Harris was also a first-time winner - he walked away with the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for his role as a gender-bending rocker in Hedwig & the Angry Inch. Accepting his award, the gay star paid tribute to his partner David Burtka, stating, "I love you so much and I am so happy that we got to do this. Thank you for your sacrifices," and his kids Harper and Gideon, adding, "I'm so sorry that I haven't been able to spend as much time with you as I wish I could... I promise that as soon as this is done I'll be able to read books to you and put you to sleep." The award marked a very special date in his family's history - Harris' parents were celebrating their wedding anniversary. The actor's Broadway hit was the night's big winner, picking up a total of four awards. Hedwig also claimed the Best Revival of a Musical, Best Lighting and Lena Hall was honoured with the prize for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical. A Raisin in the Sun and A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder were triple winners. A Raisin in the Sun claimed Best Revival of a Play, while Brit Sofie Okonedo and Kenny Leon claimed Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play and Best Direction titles, respectively, and Gentleman's Guide landed awards for Best Musical, Best Costume Design and Best Direction of a Musical (Darko Tresnjak). The full list of 2014 Tony Awards winners is: Best Play All the Way Best Musical A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder Best Revival of a Play A Raisin in the Sun Best Revival of a Musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch Best Book of a Musical A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder - Robert L. Freedman Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre The Bridges of Madison County- Music & Lyrics: Jason Robert Brown Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play Bryan Cranston, All The Way Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play Audra McDonald, Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical Neil Patrick Harris, Hedwig and the Angry Inch Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical Jessie Mueller, Beautiful - The Carole King Musical Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play Mark Rylance (Twelfth Night) Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play Sophie Okonedo, A Raisin in the Sun Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical James Monroe Iglehart, Aladdin Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical Lena Hall, Hedwig and the Angry Inch Best Scenic Design of a Play Beowulf Boritt, Act One Best Scenic Design of a Musical Christopher Barreca, Rocky 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 Lighting Design of a Play Natasha Katz, The Glass Menagerie Best Lighting Design of a Musical Kevin Adams, Hedwig and the Angry Inch 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 Best Direction of a Play Kenny Leon, A Raisin in the Sun Best Direction of a Musical Darko Tresnjak, A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder Best Choreography Warren Carlyle, After Midnight Best Orchestrations Jason Robert Brown, The Bridges of Madison County Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre - Jane Greenwood (casting designer) Isabelle Stevenson Award for Humanitarian Efforts - Rosie O'Donnell Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre - Joseph P. Benincasa, Joan Marcus & Charlotte Wilcox

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