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?
Best 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.
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
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.