Six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald celebrates her birthday July 3.
McDonald made her Broadway debut as a replacement for the role of Ayah in The Secret Garden. In the three decades since, she has enjoyed a history-making career, starring in an array of productions—from lush musicals like Carousel to searing dramas like A Raisin in the Sun. Known for her soaring soprano, McDonald has won a record-breaking six Tony Awards for her performances in Carousel, Master Class, Ragtime, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, A Raisin in the Sun, and Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill. She was last seen on Broadway in a revival of Terrence McNally's Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune with Michael Shannon.
In addition to her six Tonys, McDonald has won two Grammy Awards, an Emmy Award, and several other accolades. Some of her movie and TV roles include Madame Garderobe in the live-action Beauty and the Beast, Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music Live!, and Sally in Hello, Again. In 2017 she was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame.
Look back at highlights from McDonald's career below.
Master Class, 1995
Marie Christine, 1999
Henry IV, 2003
A Raisin in the Sun, 2004
110 in the Shade, 2007
The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, 2012
Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill, 2014
Frankie and Johnny in the Clair De Lune, 2019
See more of Audra McDonald's career highlights below: