'Avenue Q' Wins in Tony Upset Avenue Q, an adult musical featuring naughty puppets, wins the prize for best new musical at Sunday night's Tony Awards. In a major upset, Idina Menzel -- who plays the green-skinned Elphaba in Wicked, a retelling of the Wizard of Oz -- wins in the toughest race of the night, best actress in a musical. Phylicia Rashad becomes the first African American to win best actress in a play for her role in a A Raisin in the Sun. Hear NPR's Steve Inskeep.
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'Avenue Q' Surprise Winner at Tony Awards

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'Avenue Q' Surprise Winner at Tony Awards

'Avenue Q' Surprise Winner at Tony Awards

'Avenue Q' Surprise Winner at Tony Awards

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Idina Menzel won best actress in a musical for her portrayal of Elphaba in the Broadway production of Wicked. Joan Marcus hide caption

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Avenue Q, an adult musical featuring naughty puppets, wins the prize for best new musical at Sunday night's Tony Awards. In a major upset, Idina Menzel — who plays the green-skinned Elphaba in Wicked, a retelling of the Wizard of Oz — wins in the toughest race of the night, best actress in a musical. Phylicia Rashad becomes the first African American to win best actress in a play for her role in a A Raisin in the Sun. Hear NPR's Steve Inskeep.