We love acceptance speeches! They are raw, often hilarious, fraught with emotions and a handful of nerves. Last night, Audra McDonald, Judith Light, and Judy Kaye were guilty of all four. And as each of these stars of the Broadway stage walked away with her Tony Award, we reveled in their beautiful, moving, and funny 60-second-acceptance-speech performances. -Ed.

Audra McDonald remains the Tony Awards’ darling. Last night, she captured her fifth Tony, this time for “Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in the Musical The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess.” In her acceptance speech she recounts how the stage gave her a place of belonging: “I was a little girl with a pot-belly and Afro-puffs, hyperactive, and over-dramatic. And I found the theater and I found my home.”  It was an inspiring message, truly fitting for young girls who too are searching for a place of belonging. That McDonald’s young daughter was in the audience to hear these words made it all the more moving.

 

“I’m the luckiest girl in the world,” said Judith Light as she accepted her Tony Award for “Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in the Play Other Desert Cities.” Most of us recognize Light from her Who’s the Boss days. Since then she has transformed herself into a formidable stage actress. And although this was her first Tony Award,  she rattled off her list of thank-yous Sunday night like a pro!

 

Any woman who introduces herself with the opening line “I guess chandeliers have been good to me” is a woman we want at our dinner table. That woman is Judy Kaye, who walked away with the Tony Award for “Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in the Musical Nice Work If You Can Get It.” All funnies aside, Kaye ended her speech with a poignant dedication to her father, a lifelong lover of the Broadway stage, whom she lost just last week.

 

For a recap of the other fabulous women nominated for the 2012 awards, check out our past Video Picks on the nominees.

 

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