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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