PHOTO ARCHIVE: Five-Time Tony Award Winner Audra McDonald on Broadway

By Matthew Blank
February 12, 2013

The Drama League honored five-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald at its 29th Annual Musical Celebration of Broadway Feb. 11 at the Pierre Hotel. Playbill.com looks back at her Broadway career thus far.

Last year McDonald won her 5th career Tony Award for her leading performance in The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess. She previously won Tonys for Carousel, Master Class, Ragtime and A Raisin in the Sun.



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Eddie Korbich and Audra McDonald in Carousel, 1994
Photo by Joan Marcus



The Musical Celebration of Broadway featured songs from McDonald's many Broadway triumphs, including The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, Carousel, Ragtime, Master Class, Marie Christine, 110 In The Shade; her operatic and concert work, including her celebrated turns in Passion and Mahagonny; and her award-winning albums "Way Back To Paradise," "How Glory Goes," "Happy Songs" and "Build a Bridge."

Since 1984 The Drama League has honored exceptional artists whose talent and passion have served as a benchmark for others, including Kristin Chenoweth, Liza Minnelli, Angela Lansbury, Patti LuPone, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Chita Rivera, Rosie O'Donnell and Terrence McNally.