Their First Time
Last season Audra McDonald made history when she picked up her sixth competitive Tony Award for her uncanny portrayal of the late Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill. This season will boast the return of several other multiple Tony winners, who are all pictured below. Can you identify the show in which each of these talented artists won his or her first Tony?
1. James Early Jones, who was Tony-honored for his work in the debut of August Wilson's Fences, will return to Broadway at the end of the month in a revival of You Can't Take It With You at the Longacre Thetare. Jones received his first Tony in 1969 for his performance as boxing champion Jack Jefferson in this Howard Sackler drama.
a. The Great White Hope
2. In October John Lithgow will be seen in the starry revival of Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance. The versatile actor, who won the 2002 Tony for Best Actor in a Musical for his work in Sweet Smell of Success, first grabbed Tony gold in 1973, when he received a Best Featured Actor in a Play Tony for his performance as "Kenny" Kendal in this England-set play by David Storey. a. The Changing Room
3. Glenn Close, a three-time Tony winner, will john Lithgow in the aforementioned revival of A Delicate Balance. Her more recent Tony wins came for her work in Sunset Boulevard and Death and the Maiden, while her first Tony was for her performance as Annie in the debut of this Tom Stoppard play, which was directed by Mike Nichols and will return to Broadway this season with a cast featuring Cynthia Nixon.
4. Hugh Jackman, who hosted the 68th Annual Tony Awards, returns to the Great White Way in October in a limited engagement of The River. A 2012 Special Tony Award recipient, Jackman was first Tony-honored in 2004 for his performance as the late Peter Allen in this bio-musical.
5. Original Producers co-stars Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick will be seen in the Terrence McNally comedy It's Only a Play later this month at the Schoenfeld. Lane received his first Tony in 1996 for his performance as Pseudolos in the revival of this Stephen Sondheim musical comedy, while Broderick snatched his first Tony in 1983 playing Eugene Jerome in the first part of Neil Simon's autobiographical trilogy.
a. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum; Brighton Beach Memoirs