Clifton Davis, Adam Jacobs, Audra McDonald, Steel Burkhardt, Courtney Reed, James Monroe Iglehart and Cast - Six-time Tony award winner Audra McDonald visits the cast of the Broadway musical Aladdin at the New Amsterdam Theatre - Backstage. at New Amsterdam Theatre, - New York, New York, United States - Saturday 3rd January 2015
Congratulations Audra McDonald. Wait, what was that part about medication?
Audra McDonald made news at Sunday night’s Tony awards, not just with her record, sixth win, but with her emotional speech as well. When she won the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play for her role as Billie Holiday in "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill", the Broadway legend had this to say (quoted via ABC News): “Thanks mom and dad up in heaven for disobeying doctors' orders and not medicating their hyperactive girl, and find[ing] out what she was into and, instead, pushing her into the theater.”
The actress' sixth Tony tops Angela Lansbury and Julie Harris' record.
While the medication comment has since stirred up some old debates about ADHD and hyperactivity medication, her speech clearly struck a chord with the in-house crowd.