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.
The audience cheered at throughout the tearful speech. McDonald also acknowledged “all the shoulders of the strong and brave and courageous women I am standing on.”
Despite the cheering crowd, McDonald's speech was still met with some backlash.
Her sixth Tony tops the record, previously held by Angela Lansbury and Julie Harris with five awards each. The award is just another piece of recognition for McDonald, who is widely acknowledged as one of the most influential women in theatre and most talented living performers today.
Audra McDonald as the beggar woman in the New York Philharmonic's production of Sweeney Todd.