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Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play

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New York City

Category of
Tony Award

Official website

Awarded for
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play

United States of America

Currently held by
Jessica Lange for Long Day's Journey into Night (2016)

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Presented by
American Theatre Wing, The Broadway League

Winners & Nominees
Jessica LangeLong Day’s Journey Into Night, Jessica Lange, Winner, Lupita Nyong'oEclipsed, Lupita Nyong'o, Nominee, Laurie MetcalfMisery, Laurie Metcalf, Nominee, Michelle WilliamsBlackbird, Michelle Williams, Nominee, Sophie OkonedoThe Crucible, Sophie Okonedo, Nominee, Helen MirrenThe Audience, Helen Mirren, Winner, Carey MulliganSkylight, Carey Mulligan, Nominee, Geneva CarrHand to God, Geneva Carr, Nominee, Elisabeth MossThe Heidi Chronicles, Elisabeth Moss, Nominee, Ruth WilsonConstellations, Ruth Wilson, Nominee, Audra McDonaldLady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill, Audra McDonald, Winner, Cherry JonesThe Glass Menagerie, Cherry Jones, Nominee, LaTanya RichardsonA Raisin In The Sun, LaTanya Richardson, Nominee, Tyne DalyMothers and Sons, Tyne Daly, Nominee, Estelle ParsonsThe Velocity of Autumn, Estelle Parsons, Nominee, Cicely TysonThe Trip to Bountiful, Cicely Tyson, Winner, Laurie MetcalfThe Other Place, Laurie Metcalf, Nominee, Holland TaylorAnn, Holland Taylor, Nominee, Kristine NielsenVanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Kristine Nielsen, Nominee, Amy MortonWho's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Amy Morton, Nominee, Nina AriandaVenus in Fur, Nina Arianda, Winner, Cynthia NixonWit, Cynthia Nixon, Nominee, Stockard ChanningOther Desert Cities, Stockard Channing, Nominee, Tracie BennettEnd of the Rainbow, Tracie Bennett, Nominee, Linda LavinThe Lyons, Linda Lavin, Nominee

Madeline kahn wins 1993 tony award for best actress in a play

The Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play is an honor presented at the Tony Awards, a ceremony established in 1947 as the Antoinette Perry Awards for Excellence in Theatre. The award is given to actresses for quality leading roles in a Broadway play. Despite the award first being presented in 1947, there were no nominees announced until 1956. There have been two ties in this category, and one three-way tie.


Viola davis wins 2010 tony award for best actress in a play

Productions with multiple nominations

  • The Chalk Garden -- Gladys Cooper and Siobhan McKenna
  • Toys In The Attic -- Maureen Stapleton and Irene Worth
  • The Killing Of Sister George -- Beryl Reid (winner) and Eileen Atkins
  • 'night, Mother -- Kathy Bates and Anne Pitoniak
  • A Streetcar Named Desire -- Blythe Danner and Frances McDormand
  • The Sisters Rosensweig -- Madeline Kahn (winner) and Jane Alexander
  • A Delicate Balance -- Rosemary Harris and Elaine Stritch
  • August: Osage County -- Deanna Dunagan (winner) and Amy Morton
  • God of Carnage -- Marcia Gay Harden (winner) and Hope Davis
  • Mary Stuart -- Janet McTeer and Harriet Walter (God of Carnage and Mary Stuart were produced in the same year)
  • References

    Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play Wikipedia

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