Audra McDonald has been nominated for the Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for her performance as Suzanne Alexander in Adrienne Kennedy’s play Ohio State Murders. This marks her tenth acting nomination and ties her with Chita Rivera and Julie Harris for the most Tony Award nominations received by a performer. Audra has won more Tony Awards than any other performer and is the only performer to have won the award in all four acting categories.
Audra also received nominations for Lead Actress in a Broadway Play from the Outer Circle Critics’ Awards, and Lead Performance in a Play from the Drama Desk Awards for the same role. This production of Ohio State Murders, which marked the 91-year-old Kennedy’s long-awaited Broadway debut, was also nominated by the Outer Circle Critics’ Awards and Drama Desk Awards for Best Revival of a Play. It was directed by Kenny Leon.
“I am honored to have been nominated for Ohio State Murders,” said Audra. “Having the opportunity to work with Kenny Leon, and to be a part of Adrienne Kennedy’s long-overdue Broadway debut of her extraordinary, relevant, and powerful work, was one of the most important artistic experiences of my life.”
The Tony Awards will take place on Sunday, June 11 at 8 pm ET and will air live on CBS and Paramount+.