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Tony Awards: Best Musical

Memorable songs, powerhouse vocals and spectacular song & dance numbers have these Best Musical nominees bursting at the seams with Broadway energy. We can’t wait to see some of them eventually make their way to Chicago!

BestMusical

Best Musical

After Midnight

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Aladdin

A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder

BestMusicalRevivalBest Musical (Revival)

Les Miserables

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Violet

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Tony Awards: Best Play

 

The nominees for Best Play and Best Play (Revival) have dominated in other categories, with both backstage and onstage working together to create some truly special theatre memories for audiences.BestPlay

Best Play

Act One

Casa Valentina

Mothers and Sons

Outside Mullingar

All the Way

BestPlayRevivalBest Play Revival

A Raisin in the Sun

The Cripple of Inishmaan

The Glass Menagerie

Twelfth Night

 

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Tony Awards: Best Actress in a Leading Role

These leading ladies carry powerful pedigrees in the Broadway community with multiple nominations and wins between them. Can Chicagoan and first-time nominee Jessie Mueller sneak in a win in the Best Actress in a Musical category?
BestActressPlayBest Actress in a Leading Role (Play) (Clockwise, L to R)

Cherry Jones – The Glass Menagerie

Tyne Daly – Mothers and Son

Estelle Parsons – The Velocity of Autumn

LaTanya Richardson-Jackson – A Raisin in the Sun

Audra McDonald – Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill

DID YOU KNOW? LaTanya Richardson-Jackson is the wife of actor Samuel L. Jackson.

Estelle Parsons has been inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame. She originally moved to New York to become a presenter on The Today Show before beginning her career on stage and in film, winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. This is her fifth Tony Award nomination.

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Best Actress in a Leading Role (Musical) (Clockwise, L to R)

Kelli O’Hara – The Bridges of Madison County

Jessie Mueller – Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Mary Bridget Davies – An Evening with Janis Joplin

Sutton Foster – Violet

Idina Menzel – If/Then

TBT

Here’s a #ThrowbackThursday to when Audra McDonald, Sutton Foster and Idina Menzel won their Best Actress in a Musical Tony Awards in 2012, 2011 and 2004.

 

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Tony Awards: Best Actor in a Leading Role

 

These leading men command the stage with their presence and impressive acting abilities. Some are known primarily for their work on screen, but have shown their talent by being able to translate their skills to the stage. These are the Tony Award nominees for Best Actor in a Leading Role.

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Best Actor in a Leading Role (Play) (Clockwise, L to R)

Mark Rylance – Richard III

Bryan Cranston – All the Way

Tony Shalhoub – Act One

Chris O’Dowd – Of Mice and Men

Samuel Barnett – Twelfth Night

DID YOU KNOW? Samuel Barnett originated the role of Posner in the Tony Award-winning The History Boys, continuing to portray the character in international tours as well as the film adaptation.

BestActorMusicalBest Actor in a Leading Role (Musical) (Clockwise, L to R)

Neil Patrick Harris – Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Ramin Karimloo – Les Miserables

Jefferson Mays – A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

Andy Karl – Rocky

Bryce Pinkham – A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder

DID YOU KNOW? Ramin Karimloo has played 4 different roles in Les Miserables,  making his Broadway debut as Jean Valjean and playing Feuilly, Enjolras and Marius on the West End.

Andy Karl has also played another 70s icon, Tony Manero, in Saturday Night Fever, where he met his wife, Orfeh.

 

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Tony Awards: Actress in a Featured Role

 

Each of these women has contributed a stellar performance to their respective shows, from young ingenues to experienced previous award-winners.
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Best Actress in a Featured Role (Play) (Clockwise, L to R)

Sarah Greene – The Cripple of Inishmaan

Mare Winningham – Casa Valentina

Sophie Okonedo – A Raisin in the Sun

Celia Keenan-Bolger – The Glass Menagerie

Anika Noni Rose – A Raisin in the Sun

DID YOU KNOW? Celia Keenan-Bolger originated the role of Molly in Peter and the Starcatcher, which recently toured here in Chicago at the Bank of America Theatre.

Both Mare Winningham and Sophie Okonedo have been nominated for the Best Supporting Actress Oscar.

FeaturedActressMusicBest Actress in a Featured Role (Musical)

Lauren Worsham – A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder

Lena Hall – Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Anika Larsen – Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Adriane Lenox – After Midnight

Linda Emond – Cabaret

DID YOU KNOW? Lena Hall is a real life rocker, fronting a band called The Deafening, which gave her plenty of preparation to star in Hedwig.

Adriane Lenox previously won a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Featured Role (Play) in 2005 for Doubt: A Parable, a role that Viola Davis portrayed in the film adaptation.

 

 

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Tony Awards: Actor in a Featured Role

The scene stealers, the unexpected surprises, the young up-and-comer and the veterans are all represented in the Tony Award nominees for Best Actor in a Featured Role.

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Best Actor in a Featured Role (Play) (Clockwise, L to R)

Mark Rylance – Twelfth Night

Stephen Fry – Twelfth Night

Brian J. Smith – The Glass Menagerie

Reed Birney – Casa Valentina

Paul Chahidi – Twelfth Night

DID YOU KNOW? Mark Rylance was the original Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London. He grew up in Milwaukee, WI before moving back to London to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts.

You might recognize Reed Birney from Netflix’s House of Cards, where he plays Rep. Donald Blythe.

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Best Actor in a Featured Role (Musical) (Clockwise, L to R)

James Monroe Iglehart – Aladdin

Jarrod Spector – Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Joshua Henry – Violet

Nick Cordero – Bullets Over Broadway

Danny Burstein – Cabaret

WATCH James Monroe Iglehart videotaped the phone call he received from director Casey Nicholaw learning he would play the Genie in Aladdin on Broadway.

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Tony Awards: Best Score

These are the songs that get stuck in your head as you leave the theatre, listen to original cast recordings of repeatedly and catch yourself spontaneously bursting into singing out loud. You have the nominees for Best Score to thank for all of it.

Best Score

Best Score (Clockwise, L to R)

Steven Lutvak and Robert L. Freedman – A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

Chad Beguelin, Alan Menken (pictured) Tim Rice, Howard Ashman – Aladdin

Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey – If/Then

Jason Robert Brown – The Bridges of Madison County

Listen to selections from the nominated scores below!

The “If/Then” Original Cast Recording is currently streaming on the USA Today website

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