Audra McDonald made history tonight winning her sixth tony, becoming the first person to win in all four acting categories with her victory for best leading actress in the play. McDonald, who won for playing Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill, was greeted by a standing ovation as she accepted the award, which puts her past Angela Lansbury and Julie Harris as the most winning performer in Tony history.
McDonald was joined in theater's winner's circle by Bryan Cranston, whose Lydnon Baines Johnson garnered him best leading actor in a play for All The Way, which also took home the best play honors. On the musical side, Neil Patrick Harris won best actor in a musical for his performance as the titular character in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. During his performance during the ceremony, Harris licked Samuel L. Jackson's glasses.
That moment when Samuel L. Jackson met Hedwig. pic.twitter.com/w8j5jz2kto— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) June 9, 2014
Hedwig and the Angry Inch was awarded best revival of a musical, and Harris's co-star Lena Hall got best featured actress in a musical.
The Denzel Washington-starring revival of A Raisin in the Sun was another big winner, taking home the best revival of a play trophy. Kenny Leon won for his direction of that play, and Sophie Okonedo was the best featured actress in a play for her work. A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder ended the night by claiming the best musical prize.
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