Tony winner Annaleigh Ashford celebrates groundbreaking women on Broadway (Video)

“I think to make a life for yourself in the theater takes great perseverance,” said actress Annaleigh Ashford after winning Best Featured Actress in a Play at the Tony Awards for the revival of “You Can’t Take It With You.”

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In a big year for women in theater, which also included the first female writing team to win a Tony for Best Score (Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron for “Fun Home“), Ashford says, “I believe the theater is also a place for change, it’s also a grounds where conventions can be broken, and it’s so funny that so many women are breaking those conventions this year. Two years ago, Cyndi Lauper won the Tony for Best Score, and she was the first woman to win Best Score, and I remember that being such a milestone. It’s great to continue to see women continuing the trend.”

Below, watch Ashford’s complete press Q&A:

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