By Andrew Gans
08 Jun 2012
|Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN|
Four-time Tony winner Audra McDonald may add a fifth award to her mantel June 10 for her breathtaking performance in the current Broadway revival of The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess. The acclaimed singing actress, in fact, has already won Outer Critics Circle, Drama League and Drama Desk awards for her work as the ill-fated Bess.
Although the gifted artist has already nabbed Broadway's highest honor for her standout performances in Carousel, Master Class, Ragtime and A Raisin in the Sun, McDonald told me the morning Tony nominations were announced, "This show means so much to me and just the journey that we've all taken. I'm honored and thrilled and humbled that I was nominated, but I'm so proud of the show and that the Nominating Committee decided to recognize so many facets of this show. I'm just so proud of that. It's a very cohesive, very close family, and the fact that so many of them were recognized today just filled my heart with pride and joy and gratitude. I'm so happy for them. I'm so happy for Phillip [Boykin] and David [Alan Grier] and Norm [Lewis], especially. I'm just thrilled for everybody!"
McDonald's joy, however, was not confined to her own show's artists. "[I'm happy for] all the people in all the categories for God sake!" she exclaimed. "I have buddies everywhere! Steve Kazee, I'm so, so happy for him. I'm beside myself for Steve, [the Once star who shared a stage with McDonald in the Broadway revival of 110 in the Shade]."