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Audra Ann McDonald[1] (born July 3, 1970)[2] is an American actress and singer. Primarily known for her work on the Broadway stage, she has won six Tony Awards, more performance wins than any other actor, and is the only person to win all four acting categories.[note 1] She has performed in musicals, operas, and dramas such as A Moon for the Misbegotten, 110 in the Shade, Carousel, Ragtime, Master Class and Porgy and Bess. As a classical soprano, she has performed in staged operas with the Houston Grand Opera
Houston Grand Opera
and the Los Angeles Opera
Los Angeles Opera
and in concerts with symphony orchestras like the Berlin Philharmonic
Berlin Philharmonic
and New York Philharmonic. In 2008 her recording of Kurt Weill's Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny with the Los Angeles Opera
Los Angeles Opera
won the Grammy Award for Best Classical Album and the Grammy Award
Grammy Award
for Best Opera Recording. She has a close working relationship with composer Michael John LaChiusa who has written several works for her, including the Broadway musical Marie Christine, the opera Send (who are you? i love you), and The Seven Deadly Sins: A Song Cycle. With her full lyric soprano voice,[3] she maintains an active concert and recording career throughout the United States performing a wide repertoire from classical to musical theater to jazz and popular songs. In 2016, McDonald was awarded the National Medal of Arts
National Medal of Arts
by President Barack Obama. In 2017 she was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.[4] On television, McDonald portrayed Dr. Naomi Bennett as a main cast member of Shonda Rhimes's ABC television drama Private Practice from 2007-2011. She also portrayed the recurring character of Liz Lawrence in Season 4 of The Good Wife; a role she is scheduled to reprise as a main cast member in the spinoff series The Good Fight. In 2013 she performed the role of Mother Superior in The Sound of Music Live! opposite Carrie Underwood
Carrie Underwood
as Maria. She has twice been nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for her portrayals of Susie Monahan in Wit opposite Emma Thompson
Emma Thompson
in 2001 and for her performance of Ruth Younger in A Raisin in the Sun
A Raisin in the Sun
in 2008. In 2016 she was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie and a Screen Actors Guild Award for her performance in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill for HBO
HBO
in which McDonald portrayed jazz legend Billie Holiday. She won the Primetime Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Outstanding Special
Special
Class Program in 2015 for her work hosting the program Live from Lincoln Center. On film she is best known for her portrayals of Maureen in Ricki and the Flash
Ricki and the Flash
(2015) opposite Meryl Streep and Madame de Garderobe in the 2017 film version of Disney's Beauty and the Beast. She has been nominated five times for the NAACP Image Awards for her work in television and film.

Contents

1 Early life and education 2 Career

2.1 Theatre 2.2 Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill 2.3 Recordings and concerts 2.4 Television and film

3 Personal life 4 Discography

4.1 Solo recordings[59] 4.2 Featured recordings[62] 4.3 Cast recordings 4.4 Video recordings

5 Audio books 6 Feature films 7 Television 8 Theatre 9 Concerts 10 Awards and nominations

10.1 Stage 10.2 TV 10.3 Film

11 Notes 12 References 13 External links

Early life and education[edit] McDonald was born in West Berlin, Germany, the daughter of American parents, Anna Kathryn, a university administrator, and Stanley McDonald, Jr., a high school principal.[1] At the time of her birth, her father was stationed with the United States Army. McDonald was raised in Fresno, California, the elder of two daughters. McDonald graduated from the Roosevelt School of the Arts program within Theodore Roosevelt High School in Fresno.[5] She got her start in acting with Dan Pessano and Good Company Players, beginning in their junior company. "I knew I wanted to be involved in theater when I had my first chance to perform with the Good Company Players Junior Company." "The people who have had the most impact on my life: Good Company director Dan Pessano and my mother."[6] She studied classical voice as an undergraduate under Ellen Faull
Ellen Faull
at the Juilliard School,[7] graduating in 1993.[8] Career[edit] Theatre[edit] McDonald was a three-time Tony Award
Tony Award
winner by age 28 for her performances in Carousel, Master Class, and Ragtime, placing her alongside Shirley Booth, Gwen Verdon
Gwen Verdon
and Zero Mostel
Zero Mostel
by accomplishing this feat within five years. She was nominated for another Tony Award for her performance in Marie Christine
Marie Christine
before she won her fourth in 2004 for her role in A Raisin in the Sun, placing her in the company of then four-time winning actress Angela Lansbury. She reprised her Raisin role for a 2008 television adaptation, earning her a second Emmy Award
Emmy Award
nomination. On June 10, 2012, McDonald scored her fifth Tony Award
Tony Award
win for her portrayal of Bess in Broadway's The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, thus tying Angela Lansbury
Angela Lansbury
and Julie Harris.[9] Her 2014 performance as Billie Holiday
Billie Holiday
in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill earned McDonald her sixth Tony award and made her the first person to win all four acting categories. McDonald appeared as Lizzie in the Roundabout Theatre Company's 2007 revival of 110 in the Shade, directed by Lonny Price at Studio 54, for which she shared the Drama Desk Award for Best Actress in a Musical with Donna Murphy.[10] On April 29, 2007, while she was in previews for the show, her father was killed when an experimental aircraft he was flying crashed north of Sacramento, California.[11] McDonald is known for defying racial typecasting in her various Tony Award-winning and -nominated roles. Her performances as Carrie Pipperidge in Nicholas Hytner's 1996 revival of Carousel and Lizzie Curry in Lonny Price's 2007 revival of 110 in the Shade
110 in the Shade
made her the first black woman to portray those (traditionally white) roles in a major Broadway production. Of her groundbreaking work in encouraging diversity in musical theatre casting, she said in an interview for The New York Times, "I refuse to be stereotyped. If I think I am right for a role I will go for it in whatever way I can. I refuse to say no to myself. I can't control what a producer will do or say but I can at least put myself out there."[12] In a Talk
Talk
of the Nation interview on NPR, Asian-American actor Thom Sesma said McDonald's performance in Carousel "transcended any kind of type at all", proving her to be "more actress than African-American."[13] McDonald is also no stranger to the opera stage. In 2006 she made her opera debut at the Houston Grand Opera
Houston Grand Opera
performing Francis Poulenc's La Voix humaine and the world premiere of Michael John LaChiusa's one-woman opera Send (who are you? I love you).[14] She had previously performed in the world premiere of John Adams' I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky which was given in concert, and can be heard on the 1997 recording of the opera. In 2007 she performed the role of Jenny Smith in Kurt Weill's Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny at the Los Angeles Opera.[15] Her performance was recorded and won the Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording in 2009. She appeared in a revised version of George Gershwin's opera Porgy and Bess, at the American Repertory Theatre (in Cambridge, Massachusetts) from August through September 2011, and recreated the role on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, which opened on January 12, 2012 and closed on September 23, 2012.[16] For this role, McDonald won her fifth Tony Award
Tony Award
and her first in a Leading Actress category.[17] This American Repertory Theater
American Repertory Theater
production was "re-imagined by Suzan-Lori Parks and Diedre Murray as a musical for contemporary audiences."[18] In 2014, she was featured in Lynn Nottage's short play Poof!, alongside Tonya Pinkins. It was produced for radio and podcast by Playing On Air.[19] She appeared at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown, Massachusetts, in Eugene O'Neill's play A Moon for the Misbegotten
A Moon for the Misbegotten
in August 2015, co-starring with her husband Will Swenson.[20] In 2016, McDonald starred on Broadway as the vaudeville performer Lottie Gee in a new musical titled Shuffle Along, or, the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed about the making of the 1921 musical Shuffle Along.[21] McDonald left the show on July 24, 2016 to begin maternity leave. Shuffle Along
Shuffle Along
closed on July 24, 2016.[22][23] Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill[edit] McDonald played Billie Holiday
Billie Holiday
on Broadway in the play Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill in a limited engagement that ended on August 10, 2014.[24] After previews that began on March 25, 2014, the play opened at the Circle in the Square Theatre on April 13, 2014.[24] Of the play, McDonald said in an interview:

It's about a woman trying to get through a concert performance, which I know something about, and she's doing it at a time when her liver was pickled and she was still doing heroin regularly...I might have been a little judgmental about Billie Holiday
Billie Holiday
early on in my life, but what I've come to admire most about her – and what is fascinating in this show – is that there is never any self-pity. She's almost laughing at how horrible her life has been. I don't think she sees herself as a victim. And she feels an incredible connection to her music – she can't sing a song if she doesn't have some emotional connection to it, which I really understand.[24]

McDonald won the Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play for this role, making her the first person to earn six Tony Award
Tony Award
wins for acting (not counting honorary awards) and the first person to win a Tony Award
Tony Award
in all four acting categories.[25] In her acceptance speech, "she thanked her parents for encouraging her to pursue her interests as a child."[26] She also thanked the "strong and brave and courageous" African-American women who came before her, saying in part, "I am standing on Lena Horne's shoulders. I am standing on Maya Angelou's shoulders. I am standing on Diahann Carroll
Diahann Carroll
and Ruby Dee, and most of all, Billie Holiday. You deserved so much more than you were given when you were on this planet. This is for you, Billie." [27] This performance was filmed at Cafe Brasil in New Orleans and broadcast on HBO
HBO
on March 12, 2016.[28] McDonald received a 2016 Emmy Award
Emmy Award
nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for her role in the broadcast.[29] McDonald had planned to make her West End debut as Holiday in Lady Day in June through September 2016,[30] but after becoming pregnant she postponed these plans.[31] She performed in Lady Day in June 2017 through September 9, 2017, at the Wyndham's Theatre
Wyndham's Theatre
in the West End.[32] Recordings and concerts[edit]

McDonald performing at the Wright Center in 2011

McDonald has maintained ties to her classical training and repertoire. She frequently performs in concert throughout the U.S.[33] and has performed with musical organizations such as the New York Philharmonic and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Carnegie Hall
Carnegie Hall
commissioned the song cycle The Seven Deadly Sins: A Song Cycle for McDonald, and she performed it at Carnegie's Zankel Hall on June 2, 2004.[34] She sang two solo one-act operas at the Houston Grand Opera
Houston Grand Opera
in March 2006: Francis Poulenc's La voix humaine
La voix humaine
and the world premiere of Michael John LaChiusa's Send (who are you? I love you).[35] On February 10, 2007, McDonald starred with Patti LuPone
Patti LuPone
in the Los Angeles Opera production of Kurt Weill's opera Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny directed by John Doyle.[36] The recording of this production of Mahagonny won two Grammy Awards, for Best Opera Recording and Best Classical Album in February 2009.[37] In September 2008, American composer Michael John LaChiusa
Michael John LaChiusa
was quoted in Opera News Online, as working on an adaptation of Bizet's Carmen with McDonald in mind.[38] McDonald has recorded five solo albums for Nonesuch Records. Her first, the 1998 Way Back to Paradise, featured songs written by a new generation of musical theatre composers who had achieved varying degrees of prominence in the 1990s, particularly LaChiusa, Adam Guettel and Jason Robert Brown. Her next album, How Glory Goes (2000), combined both old and new works, and included composers Harold Arlen, Leonard Bernstein
Leonard Bernstein
and Jerome Kern.[7] Her third album, Happy Songs (2002), was big band music from the 1920s through the 1940s.[39] Her fourth album, Build a Bridge (2006), features songs from jazz and pop.[40] In May 2013, Audra McDonald
Audra McDonald
released her first solo album in seven years, Go Back Home, with a title track from the Kander & Ebb musical The Scottsboro Boys. To coincide with the album's release, McDonald performed a concert at Avery Fisher Hall
Avery Fisher Hall
in New York City that aired on the PBS
PBS
series Live from Lincoln Center
Live from Lincoln Center
titled Audra McDonald In Concert: Go Back Home.[41] At the 2010 BCS National Championship Game
2010 BCS National Championship Game
on January 7, McDonald sang America the Beautiful
America the Beautiful
for the sold-out stadium fans to celebrate the final game of the college football season.[42] In May 2000, Audra McDonald
Audra McDonald
appeared as "The Beggar Woman" in Lonny Price's concert version of Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, performed at Avery Fisher Hall
Avery Fisher Hall
at Lincoln Center, New York, with the New York Philharmonic
New York Philharmonic
with George Hearn and Patti LuPone. She reprised the role in some performances of the March 2014 Lincoln Center
Lincoln Center
concert production, again directed by Price, this time opposite Bryn Terfel
Bryn Terfel
and Emma Thompson. She performed three concerts, titled " Audra McDonald
Audra McDonald
Sings Broadway", in the Sydney Opera House in November 2015, which also included "The Facebook Song" by Kate Miller-Heidke.[43] Television and film[edit] McDonald has also made many television appearances, both musical and dramatic. In 2001, she received her first Emmy Award
Emmy Award
nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for the HBO film Wit, starring Emma Thompson
Emma Thompson
and directed by Mike Nichols.[44] She also has appeared on Homicide: Life on the Street (1999), Law & Order: Special
Special
Victims Unit (2000), Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years (1999), the short-lived Mister Sterling (2003), The Bedford Diaries
The Bedford Diaries
(2006), and Kidnapped (2006–2007), and in the 1999 television remake of Annie as Daddy Warbucks' secretary & soon-to-be wife, Miss Farrell.[45] She sang with the New York Philharmonic in the annual New Year's Eve gala concert on December 31, 2006, featuring music from the movies; it was televised on Live from Lincoln Center
Lincoln Center
by PBS.[46] In 2013, she appeared in the HBO documentary Six by Sondheim.[47] McDonald appeared as Naomi Bennett in Private Practice, a spinoff of Grey's Anatomy. She replaced Merrin Dungey, who played the role in the series pilot.[48] McDonald left Private Practice at the end of season four, but returned for the series finale at the end of season six to bring closure to Naomi's storyline.[49][50] In films, McDonald has appeared in Beauty and the Beast (2017), Ricki and the Flash (2015), Best Thief in the World (2004), It Runs in the Family (2003), Cradle Will Rock
Cradle Will Rock
(1999), The Object of My Affection (1998), and Seven Servants by Daryush Shokof
Daryush Shokof
which was her film acting debut in (1996).[45] McDonald played Mother Abbess in the 2013 NBC live television production of The Sound of Music Live!.[51][52] Since 2012, McDonald has served as host for the PBS
PBS
series Live From Lincoln Center, for which she shared an Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Outstanding Special
Special
Class Program with the show's producers. On August 1, 2017, it was announced that she had been added to the main cast for the second season of The Good Fight, reprising her role as Liz Lawrence from The Good Wife season 4.[53] Personal life[edit] McDonald married bassist Peter Donovan in September 2000.[7] They have one daughter, Zoe Madeline Donovan, named after McDonald's close friend and Master Class co-star Zoe Caldwell. McDonald and Donovan divorced in 2009.[54] She married Will Swenson on October 6, 2012.[55] On October 19, 2016, they became parents to a girl, Sally James McDonald-Swenson.[56][57] McDonald attended Joan Rivers' funeral in New York on September 7, 2014, where she sang "Smile". McDonald lives in Croton-on-Hudson, New York.[58] Discography[edit] Solo recordings[59][edit]

Way Back to Paradise (Nonesuch, 1998)[60] How Glory Goes (2000)[61] Happy Songs (2002) Build a Bridge (2006) Go Back Home (2013)

Featured recordings[62][edit]

Dawn Upshaw Sings Rodgers & Hart – duet on "Why Can't I?" (1996) Leonard Bernstein's New York – duet with Mandy Patinkin
Mandy Patinkin
on "A Little Bit in Love" and "Tonight" (1996) George and Ira Gershwin: Standards and Gems – sings "How Long Has This Been Going On?" (1998) George Gershwin: The 100th Birthday Celebration – sings Porgy and Bess selections (1998) Myths and Hymns – sings "Pegasus" (1999) My Favorite Broadway: The Leading Ladies – sings "The Webber Love Trio" (1999) Broadway In Love – sings "You Were Meant For Me" from The Object of My Affection (2000) Broadway Cares: Home for the Holidays – sings "White Christmas" (2001) Bright Eyed Joy: The Songs Of Ricky Ian Gordon
Ricky Ian Gordon
– sings "Daybreak in Alabama" (2001) Zeitgeist – sings "Think Twice" (2005) The Wonder of Christmas
The Wonder of Christmas
with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Mormon Tabernacle Choir
(2004)[63] Barbara Cook
Barbara Cook
at the Met – sings "When Did I Fall In Love?" and "Blue Skies" (2006) Jule Styne in Hollywood – sings "10,432 Sheep" (2006)[64] Sondheim: The Birthday Concert – sings Too Many Mornings and The Glamorous Life (2010) Stages – duet on "If I Loved You", 2014

Cast recordings[edit]

Carousel (1994 Broadway Revival Cast Recording) (1994) Ragtime (Original Cast Recording) (1998) I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky
I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky
by John Adams (Studio Cast Recording) (1998)[65] Wonderful Town
Wonderful Town
(Berlin Cast Recording) (1999) Marie Christine
Marie Christine
(Original Cast Recording) (1999) Sweeney Todd
Sweeney Todd
Live at the New York Philharmonic
New York Philharmonic
(2000) Dreamgirls
Dreamgirls
in Concert (2001 Concert Cast Recording) (released February 2002)[66] Wonderful Town
Wonderful Town
(Studio Recording) (2005) 110 in the Shade
110 in the Shade
(2007 Broadway Revival Cast Recording) (2007) Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny
Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny
(Concert Cast Recording) (2007) Rodgers & Hammerstein's Allegro (First Complete Recording) (2009)[67] The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
Porgy and Bess
(New Broadway Cast Recording) (2012)[68] Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill
Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill
(Original Broadway Cast Recording) (2014)[69]

Video recordings[edit]

Audra McDonald
Audra McDonald
– Live at the Donmar
Donmar
London, VHS (1999) My Favorite Broadway: The Leading Ladies("The Webber Love Trio"), DVD & CD (1999) Bernstein – Wonderful Town
Wonderful Town
with Kim Criswell, Thomas Hampson, Wayne Marshall, Simon Rattle, and Berlin Philharmonic, DVD (2005) The Wonder of Christmas
The Wonder of Christmas
with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Mormon Tabernacle Choir
and Orchestra at Temple Square, DVD (2005) Weill – Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, DVD (2007) Sondheim! The Birthday Concert, Blu-ray DVD (2010)

Audio books[edit]

Alice Walker, By The Light of My Father's Smile (1998) Connie Briscoe, A Long Way From Home (1999) Rita Dove, Second-Hand Man (2003)[70] Jodi Picoult, Small Great Things (2016)

Feature films[edit]

Year Film Role

1996 Seven Servants

1998 The Object of My Affection Wedding Singer

1999 Cradle Will Rock Blitzstein – 'Joe Worker' Singer

2003 It Runs in the Family Sarah Langley

2004 The Best Thief in the World Ruth

2011 Rampart Sarah

2015 Ricki and the Flash Maureen

2017 Beauty and the Beast Madame de Garderobe

2017 Hello Again Sally (The Actress)

Television[edit]

Year Title[45] Role Notes

1999 Annie Miss Grace Farrell TV movie

Homicide: Life on the Street Teresa Giardello Episode: "Forgive Us Our Trespasses"

Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years Bessie in her 20s TV movie

2000 Law & Order: Special
Special
Victims Unit Audrey Jackson 2 episodes

The Last Debate Barbara Manning TV movie

2001 Wit Susie Monahan Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie

2003 Mister Sterling Jackie Brock 9 episodes

Partners and Crime Unknown TV movie

Tea Time with Roy & Sylvia Sylvia Short

2005 Passion: Live From Lincoln Center Clara TV special

2006 The Bedford Diaries Professor Carla Bonatelle 8 episodes

2006–07 Kidnapped Jackie Hayes 3 episodes

2007–2013 Private Practice Dr. Naomi Bennett 77 episodes Nominated— NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (2008–2010)

2009 Grey's Anatomy Episode: "Before and After"

2007 Great Performances Jenny Smith Episode: Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny

2008 A Raisin in the Sun Ruth Younger TV movie Nominated— NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie or Mini-Series Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie

2009 She Got Problems Herself Short

2012/13 Sesame Street Chicken 3 episodes

2013 The Good Wife Liz Lawrence Episode: "Runnin' with the Devil"

The Sound of Music Live! Mother Abbess Live telecast

Audra McDonald: Go Back Home Self Concert Special

It Could Be Worse Sharon Episode: "Starring Veronica Bailey"

The Ordained Anthea TV Movie

2014 Submissions Only Tracy 1 episode

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street: Live from Lincoln Center Lucy, the Beggar Woman Filmed stage production

2016 Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill Billie Holiday Filmed stage production Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

2018 The Good Fight Liz Lawrence Main cast

2018 RuPaul's Drag Race Herself, guest judge 1 episode (season 10)[71]

Theatre[edit]

Year Show[72] Role Notes

1992 The Secret Garden Ayah (replacement) St. James Theatre 1992 – January 3, 1993

1994 Carousel Carrie Pipperidge Vivian Beaumont Theater February 18, 1994 – January 15, 1995

1995 Master Class Sharon Graham Philadelphia Theatre Company March 1995

Something Wonderful Performer Gershwin Theatre July 12, 1995

Master Class Sharon Graham John Golden Theatre October 26, 1995 – June 29, 1997

1997 Ragtime Sarah Ford Center for the Performing Arts December 26, 1997 – October 29, 1999 January 10–16, 2000

1999 Marie Christine Marie Christine
Marie Christine
L'Adrese Vivian Beaumont Theater October 30, 1999 – January 9, 2000

2000 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Lucy, The Beggar Woman Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center May 4–6, 2000

2001 Dreamgirls Deena Jones New York Actor's Fund Benefit Concert

2003 Passion Clara Ravinia
Ravinia
Festival August 22–23, 2003

Henry IV Lady Percy Vivian Beaumont Theater October 28, 2003 – January 18, 2004

2004 A Raisin in the Sun Ruth Younger Royale Theatre March 30 – July 11, 2004

The Seven Deadly Sins: A Song Cycle Performer Carnegie Hall June 2, 2004

2005 Passion Clara Lincoln Center March 30 – April 1, 2005

Wonderful Town Eileen Berlin Philharmonic

2006 La voix humaine/Send (who are you? I love you) Singer Houston Grand Opera, March

2007 Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny Jenny Los Angeles Opera February 2007

110 in the Shade Lizzie Curry Studio 54 April 13 – July 29, 2007

2009 Twelfth Night Olivia Delacorte Theater June 25, 2009 – July 12, 2009

2011 Porgy and Bess Bess American Repertory Theater August/September, 2011

Richard Rodgers Theatre December 17, 2011 – September 23, 2012

2014 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Lucy, The Beggar Woman Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center March 5–8, 2014

Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill Billie Holiday Circle in the Square Theatre March 25, 2014 – October 5, 2014

2015 A Moon for the Misbegotten Josie Williamstown Theatre Festival August 2015

2016 Shuffle Along, or, the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed Lottie Gee Music Box Theatre March 14 – July 24, 2016

2017 Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill Billie Holiday Wyndham's Theatre June 27, 2017 – September 9, 2017[73][74]

Concerts[edit] Audra McDonald
Audra McDonald
in Concert Tour

March 9, 2013 – Lund Auditorium in Chicago March 16, 2013 – Mizner Park Amphitheater April 6, 2013 – Stamford Center for the Arts May 16, 2013 – Attucks Theatre Audra McDonald: Go Back Home at Carnegie Hall
Carnegie Hall
– aired on Live from Lincoln Center October 5, 2013 – Colden Center for Performing Arts October 10, 2013 – Library of Congress October 12, 2013 – Chicago
Chicago
Symphony Hall October 19, 2013 – Brown Theatre Wortham Center October 20, 2013 – The Long Center for the Performing Arts October 22, 2013 – The Smith Center October 25, 2013 – Balboa Theatre October 26, 2013 – Dorothy Chandler Pavilion November 15, 2013 – Sheldon Concert Hall November 16, 2013 – Muriel Kauffman Theatre December 21, 2013 – Mesa Arts Center January 5, 2014 – Kravis Center January 18, 2014 – Sonoma State University February 1, 2014 – Library of Congress February 22, 2014 – Hanover Theatre in Worcester, Massachusetts February 26, 2014 – Kravis Center February 28, 2014 – L.J. Williams Theater in Visalia March 8, 2014 – Atlanta Symphony Hall

23 concerts total; the gap between May and October 2013 is due to McDonald's work with television and her album coming out, causing the three and a half month gap. The tour ended due to McDonald's show, Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill
Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill
opening on Broadway, but she picked up again with a new tour once the show closed. An Evening with Audra McDonald
Audra McDonald
Tour

December 2, 2014 – Walt Disney Concert Hall December 5, 2014 – Sonoma State University December 6, 2014 – Zellerbach Hall December 12, 2014 – Carnegie Hall January 8, 2015 – Parker Playhouse January 17, 2015 – Eastman Theatre January 24, 2015 – Artis-Naples in Naples, Florida February 6, 2015 – UNC Memorial Hall February 21, 2015 – Des Moines
Des Moines
Performing Arts Center February 27, 2015 – Kohler Memorial Theatre March 1, 2015 – Boston Symphony Hall March 12, 2015 – EKU Center for the Arts in Richmond, Kentucky March 15, 2015 – Fox Tucson Theatre March 21, 2015 – Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts March 22, 2015 – Van Wezel Performing Arts Center March 24, 2015 – Kravis Center March 27, 2015 – Strathmore Music Center April 7, 2015 – Indiana University April 15, 2015 – Byham Theater April 17, 2015 – McCarter Theatre April 19, 2015 – New Jersey Performing Arts Center April 23, 2015 – Peace Center April 29, 2015 – Carnegie Hall May 8, 2015 – Bergen Performing Arts Center May 9, 2015 – Tilles Center Concert Hall in Brookville, New York May 11, 2015 – Byham Theater May 15, 2015 – Virginia Arts Festival June 12, 2015 – The Mountain Winery June 22, 2015 – Wolf Trap July 19, 2015 – Tanglewood Music Center September 1/3, 2015 – Hollywood Bowl October 1, 2015 – Carpenter Theater October 7, 2015 – Merriam Theatre October 8, 2015 – Jorgenson Center for the Performing Arts in Storrs Mansfield October 13, 2015 – Peace Center October 31, 2015 – Hamer Hall

37 concerts; this tour marked her Australian debut. The lack of August shows was due to her run in A Moon for the Misbegotten. Other concerts

McDonald in the East Room
East Room
of the White House, 2013

1999 – Audra McDonald: Live at the Donmar
Donmar
London (filmed for a DVD) June 2, 2004 – The Seven Deadly Sins: A Song Cycle at Carnegie Hall August 26, 2007 – Ravinia March 28, 2008 – Savannah Music Festival March 30, 2008 – Ferst Center for the Arts April 26, 2008 – Stanley Theater May 30, 2008 – Zellerbach Hall February 1, 2010 – Ralph Freud Playhouse April 26, 2010 – Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall July 18, 2010 – Ozawa Hall in Boston October 22, 2011 – Carnegie Hall November 8, 2011 – Curtis M Phillips Center for Performing Arts April 20, 2012 – New Jersey Performing Arts Center January 2, 2016 – Parker Playhouse January 17, 2016 – Leicester Square Theatre

Awards and nominations[edit] On September 22, 2016, Audra McDonald
Audra McDonald
was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama
Barack Obama
for 2015. The Award states, in part: "for lighting up Broadway as one of its brightest stars.... In musicals, concerts, operas, and the recording studio, her rich, soulful voice continues to take her audiences to new heights."[75] Stage[edit]

Year Award[76][77] Category Nominated work Result

1994 Tony Award Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical Carousel Won

Drama Desk Award Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical Won

Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Actress in a Musical Won

Theatre World Award Honoree

1996 Tony Award Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play Master Class Won

Ovation Award Best Featured Actress in a Play Won

1998 Tony Award Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical Ragtime Won

Drama League Award Distinguished Performance Nominated

Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical Nominated

2000 Tony Award Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical Marie Christine Nominated

Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actress in a Musical Nominated

2004 Tony Award Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play A Raisin in the Sun Won

Drama Desk Award Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play Won

Drama League Award Distinguished Performance Nominated

Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play Won

Broadway.com
Broadway.com
Audience Award Favorite Featured Actress in a Play Won

2005 KissFM Phenomenal Woman Award Phenomenal Woman[78] Won

2007 Tony Award Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical 110 in the Shade Nominated

Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actress in a Musical Won

Drama League Award Distinguished Performance Nominated

Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Actress in a Musical Won

Broadway.com
Broadway.com
Audience Award Favorite Actress in a Musical Nominated

2008 Grammy Award Best Classical Album Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny Won

Best Opera Recording Won

2012 Tony Award Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical Porgy and Bess Won

Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actress in a Musical Won

Drama League Award Distinguished Performance Won

Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Actress in a Musical Won

Broadway.com
Broadway.com
Audience Awards Favorite Actress in a Musical Nominated

Favorite Onstage Pair (with Norm Lewis) Nominated

2013 Grammy Award Best Musical Theatre Album Nominated

Sarah Siddons Society Award Distinguished Achievement in the Theatre Won

2014 Tony Award Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill Won

Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actress in a Play Won

Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Actress in a Musical Won

Broadway.com
Broadway.com
Audience Award Favorite Actress in a Play Won

Favorite Diva Performance Nominated

2016 Broadway.com
Broadway.com
Audience Award Favorite Diva Performance Shuffle Along, or [...] Nominated

2018 Laurence Olivier Award Best Actress Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill Pending

TV[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result

2001 NAACP Image Award Outstanding Variety – Series or Special Audra McDonald
Audra McDonald
in Concert Nominated

Emmy Award Best Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie Wit Nominated

Online Film & Television Association Award Best Supporting Actress in a TV film Nominated

2008 Online Film & Television Association Award Best Supporting Actress in a TV Film A Raisin in the Sun Won

Emmy Award Best Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie Nominated

NAACP Image Award Best Actress in a Television Movie or Miniseries Nominated

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series Private Practice Nominated

2009 NAACP Image Award Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series Nominated

2010 NAACP Image Award Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series Nominated

2013 Emmy Award Outstanding Special
Special
Class Program Carousel (Live from Lincoln Center) Nominated

Black Reel Award Best Supporting Actress in a Movie The Sound of Music Live! Nominated

2015 Emmy Award Outstanding Special
Special
Class Program Sweeney Todd
Sweeney Todd
(Live from Lincoln Center) Won

2016 Emmy Award Best Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill Nominated

Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series Nominated

Film[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result

2017 NAACP Image Award NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture Beauty and the Beast Nominated

Notes[edit]

^ Best Actress in a Play, Best Actress in a Musical, Best Featured Actress in a Play, and Best Featured Actress in a Musical. "Tony Awards Facts & Trivia". Retrieved 9 June 2014. 

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Awards for Audra McDonald

v t e

Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical

Imelda de Martin (1964) no award (1965-1968) Dorothy Loudon
Dorothy Loudon
/ Bernadette Peters
Bernadette Peters
(1969) Lauren Bacall
Lauren Bacall
/ Sandy Duncan
Sandy Duncan
/ Ethel Merman
Ethel Merman
(1970) Helen Gallagher
Helen Gallagher
/ Alexis Smith
Alexis Smith
(1971) Jonelle Allen (1972) Glynis Johns
Glynis Johns
/ Michele Lee
Michele Lee
(1973) Ruby Lynn Reyner (1974) Angela Lansbury
Angela Lansbury
(1975) Donna McKechnie
Donna McKechnie
(1976) Clamma Dale (1977) Nell Carter
Nell Carter
(1978) Angela Lansbury
Angela Lansbury
(1979) Patti LuPone
Patti LuPone
(1980) Lena Horne
Lena Horne
(1981) Jennifer Holliday (1982) Natalia Makarova
Natalia Makarova
(1983) Chita Rivera
Chita Rivera
(1984) No award (1985) Bernadette Peters
Bernadette Peters
(1986) Teresa Stratas
Teresa Stratas
(1987) Patti LuPone
Patti LuPone
(1988) Toni DiBuono (1989) Tyne Daly
Tyne Daly
(1990) Lea Salonga
Lea Salonga
(1991) Faith Prince (1992) Chita Rivera
Chita Rivera
(1993) Donna Murphy
Donna Murphy
(1994) Glenn Close
Glenn Close
(1995) Julie Andrews
Julie Andrews
(1996) Bebe Neuwirth
Bebe Neuwirth
(1997) Natasha Richardson
Natasha Richardson
(1998) Carolee Carmello
Carolee Carmello
/ Bernadette Peters
Bernadette Peters
(1999) Heather Headley (2000) Marla Schaffel (2001) Sutton Foster
Sutton Foster
(2002) Marissa Jaret Winokur
Marissa Jaret Winokur
(2003) Donna Murphy
Donna Murphy
(2004) Victoria Clark
Victoria Clark
(2005) Christine Ebersole
Christine Ebersole
(2006) Audra McDonald
Audra McDonald
/ Donna Murphy
Donna Murphy
(2007) Patti LuPone
Patti LuPone
(2008) Allison Janney
Allison Janney
(2009) Catherine Zeta-Jones
Catherine Zeta-Jones
/ Montego Glover
Montego Glover
(2010) Sutton Foster
Sutton Foster
(2011) Audra McDonald
Audra McDonald
(2012) Laura Osnes
Laura Osnes
(2013) Jessie Mueller
Jessie Mueller
(2014) Kristin Chenoweth
Kristin Chenoweth
(2015) Cynthia Erivo (2016) Bette Midler
Bette Midler
(2017)

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Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical

Donna Theodore
Donna Theodore
(1975) Vivian Reed (1976) Dorothy Loudon
Dorothy Loudon
(1977) Bobo Lewis / Swoosie Kurtz
Swoosie Kurtz
(1978) Merle Louise (1979) Debbie Allen
Debbie Allen
(1980) Marilyn Cooper
Marilyn Cooper
(1981) Liliane Montevecchi
Liliane Montevecchi
(1982) Karla Burns (1983) Catherine Cox / Lila Kedrova
Lila Kedrova
(1984) Leilani Jones (1985) Jana Schneider
Jana Schneider
(1986) Jane Summerhays (1987) Joanna Gleason
Joanna Gleason
(1988) Randy Graff
Randy Graff
(1990) Karen Ziemba (1991) Barbara Walsh (1992) Andrea Martin
Andrea Martin
(1993) Audra McDonald
Audra McDonald
(1994) Rachel York (1996) Lillias White (1997) Tsidii Le Loka
Tsidii Le Loka
(1998) Kristin Chenoweth
Kristin Chenoweth
(1999) Karen Ziemba (2000) Cady Huffman
Cady Huffman
(2001) Harriet Sansom Harris (2002) Jane Krakowski
Jane Krakowski
(2003) Isabel Keating (2004) Jan Maxwell
Jan Maxwell
(2005) Beth Leavel
Beth Leavel
(2006) Debra Monk
Debra Monk
(2007) Laura Benanti (2008) Haydn Gwynne
Haydn Gwynne
(2009) Katie Finneran
Katie Finneran
(2010) Laura Benanti (2011) Judy Kaye (2012) Andrea Martin
Andrea Martin
(2013) Anika Larsen / Lauren Worsham (2014) Renée Elise Goldsberry
Renée Elise Goldsberry
(2015) Jane Krakowski
Jane Krakowski
(2016) Jenn Colella
Jenn Colella
(2017)

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Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play

Ellen Burstyn
Ellen Burstyn
(1975) Rosemary Harris
Rosemary Harris
(1976) Irene Worth
Irene Worth
(1977) Jessica Tandy
Jessica Tandy
(1978) Constance Cummings
Constance Cummings
/ Carole Shelley
Carole Shelley
(1979) Pat Carroll (1980) Joan Copeland
Joan Copeland
(1981) Zoe Caldwell (1982) Jessica Tandy
Jessica Tandy
(1983) Joan Allen
Joan Allen
(1984) Rosemary Harris
Rosemary Harris
(1985) Lily Tomlin
Lily Tomlin
(1986) Linda Lavin
Linda Lavin
(1987) Stockard Channing
Stockard Channing
(1988) Pauline Collins
Pauline Collins
(1989) Geraldine James (1990) Mercedes Ruehl
Mercedes Ruehl
(1991) Laura Esterman (1992) Jane Alexander
Jane Alexander
(1993) Myra Carter (1994) Cherry Jones
Cherry Jones
(1995) Zoe Caldwell (1996) Janet McTeer
Janet McTeer
(1997) Cherry Jones
Cherry Jones
(1998) Kathleen Chalfant (1999) Eileen Heckart (2000) Mary-Louise Parker
Mary-Louise Parker
(2001) Lindsay Duncan
Lindsay Duncan
(2002) Vanessa Redgrave
Vanessa Redgrave
(2003) Viola Davis
Viola Davis
/ Phylicia Rashad
Phylicia Rashad
(2004) Cherry Jones
Cherry Jones
(2005) Lois Smith
Lois Smith
(2006) Eve Best
Eve Best
(2007) Deanna Dunagan (2008) Janet McTeer
Janet McTeer
(2009) Jan Maxwell
Jan Maxwell
(2010) Frances McDormand
Frances McDormand
(2011) Tracie Bennett (2012) Cicely Tyson
Cicely Tyson
(2013) Audra McDonald
Audra McDonald
(2014) Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren
(2015) Jessica Lange
Jessica Lange
(2016) Laura Linney
Laura Linney
(2017)

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Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play

Frances Sternhagen
Frances Sternhagen
(1975) Rachel Roberts (1976) Rosemary De Angelis (1977) Eileen Atkins (1978) Pamela Reed
Pamela Reed
(1979) Lois de Banzie (1980) Swoosie Kurtz
Swoosie Kurtz
(1981) Amanda Plummer
Amanda Plummer
(1982) Judith Ivey (1983) Christine Baranski
Christine Baranski
(1984) Judith Ivey (1985) Joanna Gleason
Joanna Gleason
(1986) Mary Alice
Mary Alice
(1987) Christine Estabrook (1988) Tovah Feldshuh
Tovah Feldshuh
(1989) Frances Conroy
Frances Conroy
(1990) Irene Worth
Irene Worth
(1991) Christine Baranski
Christine Baranski
(1992) Madeline Kahn
Madeline Kahn
(1993) Jane Adams (1994) Tara Fitzgerald
Tara Fitzgerald
(1995) Elaine Stritch
Elaine Stritch
(1996) Dana Ivey (1997) Allison Janney
Allison Janney
(1998) Anna Friel
Anna Friel
(1999) Marylouise Burke (2000) Viola Davis
Viola Davis
(2001) Katie Finneran
Katie Finneran
(2002) Lynn Redgrave
Lynn Redgrave
(2003) Audra McDonald
Audra McDonald
(2004) Adriane Lenox
Adriane Lenox
(2005) Frances de la Tour (2006) Martha Plimpton
Martha Plimpton
(2007) Linda Lavin
Linda Lavin
(2008) Angela Lansbury
Angela Lansbury
(2009) Viola Davis
Viola Davis
(2010) Edie Falco
Edie Falco
(2011) Judith Light
Judith Light
(2012) Judith Light
Judith Light
(2013) Celia Keenan-Bolger (2014) Annaleigh Ashford
Annaleigh Ashford
(2015) Saycon Sengbloh (2016) Cynthia Nixon
Cynthia Nixon
(2017)

v t e

Drama League's Distinguished Performance Award

Katharine Cornell
Katharine Cornell
(1935) Helen Hayes
Helen Hayes
(1936) Maurice Evans (1937) Cedric Hardwicke
Cedric Hardwicke
(1938) Raymond Massey
Raymond Massey
(1939) Paul Muni
Paul Muni
(1940) Paul Lukas
Paul Lukas
(1941) Judith Evelyn
Judith Evelyn
(1942) Alfred Lunt
Alfred Lunt
(1943) Lynn Fontanne
Lynn Fontanne
(1944) Mady Christians
Mady Christians
(1945) Louis Calhern
Louis Calhern
(1946) Ingrid Bergman
Ingrid Bergman
(1947) Judith Anderson
Judith Anderson
(1948) Robert Morley
Robert Morley
(1949) Grace George
Grace George
(1950) Claude Rains
Claude Rains
(1951) Julie Harris (1952) Shirley Booth
Shirley Booth
(1953) Josephine Hull (1954) Viveca Lindfors
Viveca Lindfors
(1955) David Wayne
David Wayne
(1956) Eli Wallach
Eli Wallach
(1957) Ralph Bellamy
Ralph Bellamy
(1958) Cyril Ritchard
Cyril Ritchard
(1959) Jessica Tandy
Jessica Tandy
(1960) Hume Cronyn
Hume Cronyn
(1961) Paul Scofield
Paul Scofield
(1962) Charles Boyer
Charles Boyer
(1963) Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
(1964) John Gielgud
John Gielgud
(1965) Richard Kiley
Richard Kiley
(1966) Rosemary Harris
Rosemary Harris
(1967) Zoe Caldwell (1968) Alec McCowen
Alec McCowen
(1969) James Stewart
James Stewart
(1970) Anthony Quayle
Anthony Quayle
(1971) Eileen Atkins / Claire Bloom
Claire Bloom
(1972) Alan Bates
Alan Bates
(1973) Christopher Plummer
Christopher Plummer
(1974) John Wood (1975) Eva Le Gallienne
Eva Le Gallienne
(1976) Tom Courtenay
Tom Courtenay
(1977) Frank Langella
Frank Langella
(1978) Frances Sternhagen
Frances Sternhagen
(1979) Roy Scheider
Roy Scheider
(1980) Ian McKellen
Ian McKellen
(1981) Milo O'Shea
Milo O'Shea
(1982) Edward Herrmann
Edward Herrmann
/ Kate Nelligan (1983) Jeremy Irons
Jeremy Irons
(1984) Derek Jacobi
Derek Jacobi
(1985) Bernadette Peters
Bernadette Peters
(1986) James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones
(1987) John Lithgow
John Lithgow
(1988) Pauline Collins
Pauline Collins
(1989) Robert Morse
Robert Morse
(1990) Stockard Channing
Stockard Channing
(1991) Glenn Close
Glenn Close
(1992) Stephen Rea
Stephen Rea
(1993) Sam Waterston
Sam Waterston
(1994) Cherry Jones
Cherry Jones
(1995) Uta Hagen
Uta Hagen
(1996) Charles Durning
Charles Durning
/ Bebe Neuwirth
Bebe Neuwirth
(1997) Brian Stokes Mitchell
Brian Stokes Mitchell
(1998) Kathleen Chalfant (1999) Eileen Heckart (2000) Mary-Louise Parker
Mary-Louise Parker
/ Gary Sinise
Gary Sinise
(2001) Liam Neeson
Liam Neeson
(2002) Harvey Fierstein
Harvey Fierstein
(2003) Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman
(2004) Norbert Leo Butz
Norbert Leo Butz
(2005) Christine Ebersole
Christine Ebersole
(2006) Liev Schreiber
Liev Schreiber
(2007) Patti LuPone
Patti LuPone
(2008) Geoffrey Rush
Geoffrey Rush
(2009) Alfred Molina
Alfred Molina
(2010) Mark Rylance
Mark Rylance
(2011) Audra McDonald
Audra McDonald
(2012) Nathan Lane
Nathan Lane
(2013) Neil Patrick Harris
Neil Patrick Harris
(2014) Chita Rivera
Chita Rivera
(2015) Lin-Manuel Miranda
Lin-Manuel Miranda
(2016) Ben Platt (2017)

v t e

Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical

Grace Hartman (1948) Nanette Fabray
Nanette Fabray
(1949) Mary Martin
Mary Martin
(1950) Ethel Merman
Ethel Merman
(1951) Gertrude Lawrence
Gertrude Lawrence
(1952) Rosalind Russell
Rosalind Russell
(1953) Dolores Gray
Dolores Gray
(1954) Mary Martin
Mary Martin
(1955) Gwen Verdon
Gwen Verdon
(1956) Judy Holliday
Judy Holliday
(1957) Thelma Ritter
Thelma Ritter
/ Gwen Verdon
Gwen Verdon
(1958) Gwen Verdon
Gwen Verdon
(1959) Mary Martin
Mary Martin
(1960) Elizabeth Seal (1961) Anna Maria Alberghetti
Anna Maria Alberghetti
/ Diahann Carroll
Diahann Carroll
(1962) Vivien Leigh
Vivien Leigh
(1963) Carol Channing
Carol Channing
(1964) Liza Minnelli
Liza Minnelli
(1965) Angela Lansbury
Angela Lansbury
(1966) Barbara Harris (1967) Patricia Routledge / Leslie Uggams
Leslie Uggams
(1968) Angela Lansbury
Angela Lansbury
(1969) Lauren Bacall
Lauren Bacall
(1970) Helen Gallagher
Helen Gallagher
(1971) Alexis Smith
Alexis Smith
(1972) Glynis Johns
Glynis Johns
(1973) Virginia Capers (1974) Angela Lansbury
Angela Lansbury
(1975) Donna McKechnie
Donna McKechnie
(1976) Dorothy Loudon
Dorothy Loudon
(1977) Liza Minnelli
Liza Minnelli
(1978) Angela Lansbury
Angela Lansbury
(1979) Patti LuPone
Patti LuPone
(1980) Lauren Bacall
Lauren Bacall
(1981) Jennifer Holliday (1982) Natalia Makarova
Natalia Makarova
(1983) Chita Rivera
Chita Rivera
(1984) No Award (1985) Bernadette Peters
Bernadette Peters
(1986) Maryann Plunkett (1987) Joanna Gleason
Joanna Gleason
(1988) Ruth Brown
Ruth Brown
(1989) Tyne Daly
Tyne Daly
(1990) Lea Salonga
Lea Salonga
(1991) Faith Prince (1992) Chita Rivera
Chita Rivera
(1993) Donna Murphy
Donna Murphy
(1994) Glenn Close
Glenn Close
(1995) Donna Murphy
Donna Murphy
(1996) Bebe Neuwirth
Bebe Neuwirth
(1997) Natasha Richardson
Natasha Richardson
(1998) Bernadette Peters
Bernadette Peters
(1999) Heather Headley (2000) Christine Ebersole
Christine Ebersole
(2001) Sutton Foster
Sutton Foster
(2002) Marissa Jaret Winokur
Marissa Jaret Winokur
(2003) Idina Menzel
Idina Menzel
(2004) Victoria Clark
Victoria Clark
(2005) LaChanze
LaChanze
(2006) Christine Ebersole
Christine Ebersole
(2007) Patti LuPone
Patti LuPone
(2008) Alice Ripley
Alice Ripley
(2009) Catherine Zeta-Jones
Catherine Zeta-Jones
(2010) Sutton Foster
Sutton Foster
(2011) Audra McDonald
Audra McDonald
(2012) Patina Miller
Patina Miller
(2013) Jessie Mueller
Jessie Mueller
(2014) Kelli O'Hara
Kelli O'Hara
(2015) Cynthia Erivo (2016) Bette Midler
Bette Midler
(2017)

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Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical

Juanita Hall (1950) Isabel Bigley (1951) Helen Gallagher
Helen Gallagher
(1952) Sheila Bond (1953) Gwen Verdon
Gwen Verdon
(1954) Carol Haney (1955) Lotte Lenya
Lotte Lenya
(1956) Edie Adams
Edie Adams
(1957) Barbara Cook
Barbara Cook
(1958) Pat Stanley (1959) Patricia Neway (1960) Tammy Grimes
Tammy Grimes
(1961) Phyllis Newman
Phyllis Newman
(1962) Anna Quayle (1963) Tessie O'Shea
Tessie O'Shea
(1964) Maria Karnilova (1965) Beatrice Arthur (1966) Peg Murray (1967) Lillian Hayman (1968) Marian Mercer
Marian Mercer
(1969) Melba Moore
Melba Moore
(1970) Patsy Kelly
Patsy Kelly
(1971) Linda Hopkins
Linda Hopkins
(1972) Patricia Elliott (1973) Janie Sell (1974) Dee Dee Bridgewater
Dee Dee Bridgewater
(1975) Kelly Bishop
Kelly Bishop
(1976) Delores Hall (1977) Nell Carter
Nell Carter
(1978) Carlin Glynn (1979) Priscilla Lopez (1980) Marilyn Cooper
Marilyn Cooper
(1981) Liliane Montevecchi
Liliane Montevecchi
(1982) Betty Buckley
Betty Buckley
(1983) Lila Kedrova
Lila Kedrova
(1984) Leilani Jones (1985) Bebe Neuwirth
Bebe Neuwirth
(1986) Frances Ruffelle (1987) Judy Kaye (1988) Debbie Shapiro (1989) Randy Graff
Randy Graff
(1990) Daisy Eagan
Daisy Eagan
(1991) Tonya Pinkins (1992) Andrea Martin
Andrea Martin
(1993) Audra McDonald
Audra McDonald
(1994) Gretha Boston (1995) Ann Duquesnay (1996) Lillias White (1997) Audra McDonald
Audra McDonald
(1998) Kristin Chenoweth
Kristin Chenoweth
(1999) Karen Ziemba (2000) Cady Huffman
Cady Huffman
(2001) Harriet Sansom Harris (2002) Jane Krakowski
Jane Krakowski
(2003) Anika Noni Rose
Anika Noni Rose
(2004) Sara Ramirez
Sara Ramirez
(2005) Beth Leavel
Beth Leavel
(2006) Mary Louise Wilson (2007) Laura Benanti (2008) Karen Olivo
Karen Olivo
(2009) Katie Finneran
Katie Finneran
(2010) Nikki M. James
Nikki M. James
(2011) Judy Kaye (2012) Andrea Martin
Andrea Martin
(2013) Lena Hall
Lena Hall
(2014) Ruthie Ann Miles (2015) Renée Elise Goldsberry
Renée Elise Goldsberry
(2016) Rachel Bay Jones
Rachel Bay Jones
(2017)

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Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play

Ingrid Bergman
Ingrid Bergman
/ Helen Hayes
Helen Hayes
(1947) Judith Anderson
Judith Anderson
/ Katharine Cornell
Katharine Cornell
/ Jessica Tandy
Jessica Tandy
(1948) Martita Hunt (1949) Shirley Booth
Shirley Booth
(1950) Uta Hagen
Uta Hagen
(1951) Julie Harris (1952) Shirley Booth
Shirley Booth
(1953) Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn
(1954) Nancy Kelly
Nancy Kelly
(1955) Julie Harris (1956) Margaret Leighton
Margaret Leighton
(1957) Helen Hayes
Helen Hayes
(1958) Gertrude Berg
Gertrude Berg
(1959) Anne Bancroft
Anne Bancroft
(1960) Joan Plowright
Joan Plowright
(1961) Margaret Leighton
Margaret Leighton
(1962) Uta Hagen
Uta Hagen
(1963) Sandy Dennis (1964) Irene Worth
Irene Worth
(1965) Rosemary Harris
Rosemary Harris
(1966) Beryl Reid
Beryl Reid
(1967) Zoe Caldwell (1968) Julie Harris (1969) Tammy Grimes
Tammy Grimes
(1970) Maureen Stapleton
Maureen Stapleton
(1971) Sada Thompson
Sada Thompson
(1972) Julie Harris (1973) Colleen Dewhurst
Colleen Dewhurst
(1974) Ellen Burstyn
Ellen Burstyn
(1975) Irene Worth
Irene Worth
(1976) Julie Harris (1977) Jessica Tandy
Jessica Tandy
(1978) Constance Cummings
Constance Cummings
/ Carole Shelley
Carole Shelley
(1979) Phyllis Frelich (1980) Jane Lapotaire (1981) Zoe Caldwell (1982) Jessica Tandy
Jessica Tandy
(1983) Glenn Close
Glenn Close
(1984) Stockard Channing
Stockard Channing
(1985) Lily Tomlin
Lily Tomlin
(1986) Linda Lavin
Linda Lavin
(1987) Joan Allen
Joan Allen
(1988) Pauline Collins
Pauline Collins
(1989) Maggie Smith
Maggie Smith
(1990) Mercedes Ruehl
Mercedes Ruehl
(1991) Glenn Close
Glenn Close
(1992) Madeline Kahn
Madeline Kahn
(1993) Diana Rigg
Diana Rigg
(1994) Cherry Jones
Cherry Jones
(1995) Zoe Caldwell (1996) Janet McTeer
Janet McTeer
(1997) Marie Mullen (1998) Judi Dench
Judi Dench
(1999) Jennifer Ehle
Jennifer Ehle
(2000) Mary-Louise Parker
Mary-Louise Parker
(2001) Lindsay Duncan
Lindsay Duncan
(2002) Vanessa Redgrave
Vanessa Redgrave
(2003) Phylicia Rashad
Phylicia Rashad
(2004) Cherry Jones
Cherry Jones
(2005) Cynthia Nixon
Cynthia Nixon
(2006) Julie White
Julie White
(2007) Deanna Dunagan (2008) Marcia Gay Harden
Marcia Gay Harden
(2009) Viola Davis
Viola Davis
(2010) Frances McDormand
Frances McDormand
(2011) Nina Arianda (2012) Cicely Tyson
Cicely Tyson
(2013) Audra McDonald
Audra McDonald
(2014) Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren
(2015) Jessica Lange
Jessica Lange
(2016) Laurie Metcalf
Laurie Metcalf
(2017)

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Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play

Patricia Neal
Patricia Neal
(1947) Shirley Booth
Shirley Booth
(1949) Maureen Stapleton
Maureen Stapleton
(1951) Marian Winters (1952) Beatrice Straight (1953) Jo Van Fleet
Jo Van Fleet
(1954) Patricia Jessel (1955) Una Merkel
Una Merkel
(1956) Peggy Cass
Peggy Cass
(1957) Anne Bancroft
Anne Bancroft
(1958) Julie Newmar
Julie Newmar
(1959) Anne Revere
Anne Revere
(1960) Colleen Dewhurst
Colleen Dewhurst
(1961) Elizabeth Ashley
Elizabeth Ashley
(1962) Sandy Dennis (1963) Barbara Loden
Barbara Loden
(1964) Alice Ghostley
Alice Ghostley
(1965) Zoe Caldwell (1966) Marian Seldes
Marian Seldes
(1967) Zena Walker
Zena Walker
(1968) Jane Alexander
Jane Alexander
(1969) Blythe Danner
Blythe Danner
(1970) Rae Allen (1971) Elizabeth Wilson
Elizabeth Wilson
(1972) Leora Dana
Leora Dana
(1973) Frances Sternhagen
Frances Sternhagen
(1974) Rita Moreno
Rita Moreno
(1975) Shirley Knight
Shirley Knight
(1976) Trazana Beverley (1977) Ann Wedgeworth (1978) Joan Hickson
Joan Hickson
(1979) Dinah Manoff (1980) Swoosie Kurtz
Swoosie Kurtz
(1981) Amanda Plummer
Amanda Plummer
(1982) Judith Ivey (1983) Christine Baranski
Christine Baranski
(1984) Judith Ivey (1985) Swoosie Kurtz
Swoosie Kurtz
(1986) Mary Alice
Mary Alice
(1987) L. Scott Caldwell
L. Scott Caldwell
(1988) Christine Baranski
Christine Baranski
(1989) Margaret Tyzack
Margaret Tyzack
(1990) Irene Worth
Irene Worth
(1991) Bríd Brennan (1992) Debra Monk
Debra Monk
(1993) Jane Adams (1994) Frances Sternhagen
Frances Sternhagen
(1995) Audra McDonald
Audra McDonald
(1996) Lynne Thigpen
Lynne Thigpen
(1997) Anna Manahan (1998) Elizabeth Franz (1999) Blair Brown
Blair Brown
(2000) Viola Davis
Viola Davis
(2001) Katie Finneran
Katie Finneran
(2002) Michele Pawk (2003) Audra McDonald
Audra McDonald
(2004) Adriane Lenox
Adriane Lenox
(2005) Frances de la Tour (2006) Jennifer Ehle
Jennifer Ehle
(2007) Rondi Reed
Rondi Reed
(2008) Angela Lansbury
Angela Lansbury
(2009) Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson
(2010) Ellen Barkin
Ellen Barkin
(2011) Judith Light
Judith Light
(2012) Judith Light
Judith Light
(2013) Sophie Okonedo
Sophie Okonedo
(2014) Annaleigh Ashford
Annaleigh Ashford
(2015) Jayne Houdyshell
Jayne Houdyshell
(2016) Cynthia Nixon
Cynthia Nixon
(2017)

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