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!
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder
Best Musical (Revival)
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
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.
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.
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.
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.