Black actors win all four musical acting awards for first time in history
14 Jun 2016
Actors Leslie Odom Jr, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Daveed Diggs and Cynthia Erivo won the top musical prizes on Sunday night in a ceremony that celebrated diversity.
Odom Jr was named Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for his performance in the show, while Diggs won Best Actor in a Featured Role.
Goldsberry won the award for Best Actress in a Featured Role and Erivo won the Lead Actress prize for her performance in The Color Purple.
The wins mark a historic moment for the awards, in a year that saw the Academy Awards tainted by the #OscarsSoWhite debate.
For the first time in #TonyAwards history, all four musical acting awards have gone to people of color.
— The Tony Awards (@TheTonyAwards) June 13, 2016