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Audra’s big night

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Sure, she’s already won enough Tony awards to build a whole separate wing for them in her house. But this coming Sunday night is still a big one for Fresno’s Audra McDonald. If she wins a sixth Tony award, this time for her indelible performance in “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill,” McDonald will become a record-holder — the most regular Tony awards won by a performer. Ever. In history. Plus, if she picks up the award for leading actress in a play, she’ll become the first performer to win Tonys in all four possible acting categories.

We’re justly proud of McDonald in Fresno. And I’m proud that The Fresno Bee is featuring her in her very own pull-out full-page poster in Sunday’s paper. That’s an honor usually reserved for sports stars, and I’m just tickled that someone from the theater is getting that kind of treatment.

There’s lots more Tony coverage in Sunday’s Bee, including my take on her performance in “Lady Day” and a recap of some of the other Tony-nominated shows I saw in a recent trip. (I’ve already posted an extended version on the Beehive.) And on Sunday night, I’ll be Tweeting the Tonys “live” — to the West Coast feed of the televised show. You’ll be able to follow along right here on the Beehive.

The whole West Coast tape delay thing is kind of problematic, but I guarantee a spoiler-free experience — at least on the Beehive and my Twitter feed. (If you really don’t want to know who wins before watching the show in this time zone, stay away from all digital media, including The Bee’s home page, because wire feeds will come in automatically.)

In the meantime, check out Audra’s poster on Sunday — and think good thoughts as we find out whether history will be made.

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