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  • 9 June 2014, 14:18

Cranston's Broadway Debut Honoured At Tonys

Just months after making his Broadway debut, Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston has won a top acting prize at the Tony Awards.

The Emmy Award-winner had been a favourite to win the lead actor trophy for his role at US president Lyndon B Johnson in All The Way.

"When you can effect emotional change in the audience it's like a powerful drug. It's as strong as blue crystal meth," he said, referring to his television role as a teacher turned ruthless drug kingpin Walter White.

Hollywood star Hugh Jackman hosted the ceremony at Radio City Music Hall in New York for the fourth time.

The show included performances by Tony nominee Idina Menzel, music legend Gladys Knight and rock star Sting, who performed a song from his upcoming Broadway debut musical The Last Ship.

British actor Mark Rylance took home his third Tony, winning for featured actor in a play as the Countess Olivia in the all-male Shakespeare Globe production of Twelfth Night.

"We would very much like to come back (to Broadway) with some more Shakespeare and we are talking about it but we haven't settled what it will be," said Rylance, who praised the late blacklisted American actor Sam Wanamaker, the force behind the recreation of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London.

A surprised Sophie Okonedo accepted the featured actress prize in her Broadway debut, as Denzel Washington's wife, in the revival of A Raisin in the Sun

Neil Patrick Harris won the lead actor in a musical trophy for his portrayal of a transgender rock star in Hedwig And The Angry Inch. Lena Hall won her first Tony for her supporting role in the production, which was also named best musical revival.

Harris performed a song from the show, looking unrecognisable in a miniskirt and blond feathered wig. He gave Sting a lap dance and took Samuel L Jackson's glasses away and licked them.

"A year ago I was hosting the Tonys. This is crazy pants," he said after donning pants.

Audra McDonald made Broadway history after winning her sixth Tony as Billie Holiday in Lady Day At Emerson's Bar & Grill.

She became the only woman to win a Tony in all four acting categories. She also tied with the late actress Julie Harris, who had six wins, including a special lifetime achievement award.

With tears streaming down her face, a trembling McDonald acknowledged her parents, family and the women who came before her.

"I want to thank all the shoulders of the strong and brave and courageous women that I am standing on," she said. "And most of all Billie Holiday. You deserve so much more than you were given when you were on this earth."

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