"You Belong": Bonnie Milligan Wins 2023 Tony for Best Featured Actress in a Musical | Playbill

Tony Awards "You Belong": Bonnie Milligan Wins 2023 Tony for Best Featured Actress in a Musical

Milligan takes the prize for her performance in Kimberly Akimbo and in her speech made an entreaty for acceptance.

Bonnie Milligan Heather Gershonowitz

Bonnie Milligan was named winner of the 2023 Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical June 11 at the 76th Annual Tony Awards at United Palace in Washington Heights.

Milligan won the prize her work as Debra in Kimberly Akimbo.

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Others in that category included Julia Lester in Into the Woods, Ruthie Ann Miles in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet StreetNaTasha Yvette Williams in Some Like It Hot, and Betsy Wolfe in & Juliet.

Milligan previously starred on Broadway as Princess Pamela in Head Over Heels.

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In her acceptance speech, Milligan made an entreaty for diversity. "I want to tell everybody that doesn't look like what the world is telling you should look like. Whether you're not pretty enough, you're not fit enough, your identity is not right, who you love isn't right—that doesn't matter because guess what, it's right, and you belong." 

Milligan also said that Kimberly Akimbo helped her process the grief of her father's death. And she thanked him and her family in her speech: "My mom and my brother are here with me...they have always loved me and embraced this insane life, including my dad. My voice is my dad's voice. So I get to bring him into Broadway eight times a week."

READ: How Kimberly Akimbo Has Helped Bonnie Milligan Cope With Tragedy

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See Photos of Victoria Clark, Bonnie Milligan, More in Kimberly Akimbo

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