Audra McDonald and Phylicia Rashad have established illustrious careers in the arts. McDonald was recently nominated for her amazing portrayal in the Broadway hit, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess. Although Rashad has taken a break from the Broadway stage, her daughter, Condola Rashad, is also nominated for a Tony Award this year.

McDonald and Rashad have reached the pinnacle of theatrical success. Here are the five things they have in common.

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