The Playbill Vault Celebrates Tony Award Winner Audra McDonald

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03 Jul 2014

Audra McDonald, who recently became the first person to win all four Tony Award acting categories with her record-breaking sixth win, celebrates her birthday July 3. To mark the occasion, the Playbill Vault highlights some of her Tony-winning performances.

McDonald first achieved critical acclaim with her role in the 1994 revival of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II's Carousel. Credited as Audra Ann McDonald in the Playbill, she played Carrie Pipperidge opposite Michael Hayden as Billy Bigelow and Sally Murphy as Julie Jordan.

Directed by Nicholas Hytner, the musical opened at the Vivian Beaumont Theater March 24, 1994, to rave reviews. The New York Times' David Richards called it "the freshest, most innovative musical on Broadway" and dubbed McDonald the "real find of this production" with her "vigorous voice and ready sense of comedy."

McDonald was awarded the 1994 Tony for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance, marking her first Tony win.

Read the Carousel Playbill here.


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