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Tuesday Tune: ‘Crazy He Calls Me’ by Audra McDonald

September 2, 2014
Audra McDonald makes Broadway history with her sixth Tony Award win.

Audra McDonald makes Broadway history with her sixth Tony Award win at this year’s Tony Awards.

Audra McDonald is without a doubt one of the most successful and critically acclaimed Broadway performers of all time. Her performances have won her six Tony Awards, which is more than any other actor, ever. She is also the only person to win in all four categories for which an actor can be nominated. Let’s have a closer look at those wins.

Audra’s first Tony nomination and win for best performance by a featured actress in a musical came in 1994 for her performance in Carousel. Two years later, in 1996, she claimed best performance by a featured actress in a play for her role in Master Class. She was nominated for Ragtime in 1998 and, to nobody’s surprise, took home the Tony for best performance by a featured actress in a musical. To recap, McDonald was a 28-year-old, three-time Tony award winner in 1998. She didn’t stop there.

Skip ahead to 2004 and to one of the most critically-acclaimed performances of her career when she won a Tony for best performance by a featured actress in a play for her portrayal of Ruth Younger in A Raisin in the Sun. She also earned an Emmy nomination for the 2008 television adaptation. When the recent revival of The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess was announced, the obvious choice for Bess was Audra. That role won Audra her fifth Tony in 2012, tying her with Angela Lansbury and Julie Harris for the most Tony award wins.

Earlier this year I had the privilege to attend the 68th annual Tony Awards and watch as Audra accepted her sixth Tony Award, breaking and setting the record for the most Tony Award wins for an actor. This time she won for her amazing portrayal of the legendary Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill. Watch the video below to see a live performance of “Crazy He Calls Me” on “Charlie Rose This Week,” and listen as Audra truly embodies the voice of Billie Holiday. Her talent can not be denied.


Don’t miss Audra McDonald LIVE in Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts on Sunday, Feb. 8. Tickets are selling fast, so get yours today!

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