Tony Awards 2016: Renee Elise Goldsberry wins best featured actress in a musical
Maybe Renée Elise Goldsberry will finally be satisfied.
The Hamilton star took home the Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical for her role as Angelica Schuyler, Alexander Hamilton’s powerful and flirtatious sister-in-law and a role she originated in the original Off Broadway production of Hamilton. This marks Goldsberry’s first-ever Tony nomination and win.
Goldsberry thanked her parents, husband, children, and Hamilton costars while accepting the award. “When one of us wins, we all win because we are one,” she said.
In addition to starring in Hamilton and a number of previous Broadway productions, Goldsberry is also known for her longtime roles in TV shows like Ally McBeal, The Good Wife, and One Life to Live.
In a recent appearance on Late Night With Seth Meyers, Goldberry recounted how she almost didn’t even audition for Hamilton, as she was on a “self-imposed” maternity leave after the birth of her daughter. But when show creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda sent her a demo tape of Angelica’s song “Satisfied,” she knew she had to try.
“I heard Lin-Manuel Miranda singing it in this demo, and I just thought, ‘F—,’” Goldsberry told Meyers. “Because it’s the mother lode! I couldn’t even understand what he was even saying, but I knew it was so brilliant. I knew every couplet was so brilliant. I knew the world was changed, at least my world was changed, and I had to have a piece of it.”
Goldsberry beat out The Color Purple’s Danielle Brooks, She Loves Me’s Jane Krakowski, Disaster!’s Jennifer Simard, and Shuffle Along’s Adrienne Warren in the category.