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Audra McDonald accepts the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play for "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill" during the American Theatre Wing's 68th annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York, June 8, 2014. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Tony Awards embrace women, new and old, after close races

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By Jill Serjeant

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Broadway crowned one its favorite female stars and embraced a bevy of newcomers at the Tony Awards on Sunday in some of the most closely contested actress races for years.

An emotional Audra McDonald, 43, made Tony Awards history with a record sixth performance win for her heartbreaking turn as jazz singerBillie Holiday in the play, "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill".

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