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2011
SUNDAY, JUNE 12, 2011
Live at the Beacon Theatre

Donna Murphy — Nominee for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical

Donna Murphy

Show:
The People in the Picture

Role:
Raisel/Bubbie, a 1970s grandmother who shares stories from her past as a star of Yiddish theater in pre-World War II Poland—including the difficult choices she made as the Holocaust loomed.

Bio Brief:
This two-time Tony winner has been in demand since playing a backup singer in Broadway’s They’re Playing Our Song in 1979. Best known for Sondheim’s Passion, she has most recently appeared in Encores! productions of Follies and Anyone Can Whistle.

Other Honors for This Role:
—Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Musical
—Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Musical
—Drama League nomination for Distinguished Performance 

Tony History:
1994: Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical, Passion
1996: Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical, The King and I
2004: Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical, Wonderful Town
2007: Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical, LoveMusik

Fun Fact:
Murphy voiced the villainous Mother Gothel in the 2010 animated film Tangled, in which she performed the Alan Menken tune “Mother Knows Best.”

Quotable Quote:
“A producer I had worked with before asked me to look at [The People in the Picture] and I thought oh God, wherever it happens, I can’t imagine not doing it because it was just so moving to me.” —Murphy in an interview with Broadway.com, 4/11

Other Nominees for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical