And, The Winner Was: See How Playbill Readers' Picks Compared to Those of Tony Award Voters

By Playbill Staff
10 Jun 2013

Cicely Tyson
Photo by Joan Marcus

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play

CORRECT: Readers and Tony voters picked Cicely Tyson, who returned to Broadway after a 20-year hiatus in The Trip to Bountiful, as their favorite Leading Actress in a Play. Tyson, who was awarded the Outer Critics Circle and the Drama Desk for her performance as Mrs. Carrie Watts, received her first Tony nomination this season with The Trip to Bountiful. The 79-year-old actress delivers a tour-de-force performance — barely leaving the stage throughout the evening as she makes her trip "home." She told the press that there isn't "anything more rewarding than the creation of a character that speaks to others."

Click here to read the Playbill magazine feature with Tyson, who talks about her history with Bountiful and her return to Broadway.