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Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical

Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical
Awarded for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical
Location United States New York City
Presented by American Theatre Wing The Broadway League
Currently held by Christian Borle for Something Rotten! (2015)
Official website

This is a list of the winners and nominations of Tony Award for the Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical. The award has been presented since 1947. It is the equivalent to the Best Supporting Actor award at the Academy Awards.


  • Awards and nominations 1
    • 1940s 1.1
    • 1950s 1.2
    • 1960s 1.3
    • 1970s 1.4
    • 1980s 1.5
    • 1990s 1.6
    • 2000s 1.7
    • 2010s 1.8
  • Multiple Winners 2
  • Multiple Nominees 3
  • Character Win Total 4
  • Character Nomination Total 5
  • Statistics 6
  • External links 7

Awards and nominations


Year Actor Musical Character
1st Tony Awards
David Wayne Finian's Rainbow Og
2nd Tony Awards
3rd Tony Awards


Year Actor Musical Character
4th Tony Awards
Myron McCormick South Pacific Luther Billis
5th Tony Awards
Russell Nype Call Me Madam Kenneth Gibson
6th Tony Awards
Yul Brynner The King and I The King of Siam
7th Tony Awards
Hiram Sherman Two's Company Various Characters
8th Tony Awards
Harry Belafonte John Murray Anderson's Almanac Various Characters
9th Tony Awards
Cyril Ritchard Peter Pan Captain Hook / Mr. Darling
10th Tony Awards
Russ Brown Damn Yankees Benny Van Buren
Mike Kellin Pipe Dream Hazel
Will Mahoney Finian's Rainbow Finian McLonergan
Scott Merrill The Threepenny Opera Macheath
11th Tony Awards
Sydney Chaplin Bells Are Ringing Jeff Moss
Robert Coote My Fair Lady Colonel Pickering
Stanley Holloway Alfred P. Doolittle
12th Tony Awards
David Burns The Music Man Mayor Shinn
Ossie Davis Jamaica Cicero
Cameron Prud'Homme New Girl in Town Chris
Iggie Wolfington The Music Man Marcellus Washburn
13th Tony Awards
Russell Nype Goldilocks George Randolph Brown
Leonard Stone Redhead George Poppett


Year Actor Musical Character
14th Tony Awards
Tom Bosley Fiorello! Fiorello La Guardia
Theodore Bikel The Sound of Music Captain Georg von Trapp
Kurt Kasznar Max Detweiler
Howard Da Silva Fiorello! Ben Marino
Jack Klugman Gypsy Herbie
15th Tony Awards
Dick Van Dyke Bye Bye Birdie Albert Peterson
Clive Revill Irma La Douce Bob-Le-Hotu
Dick Gautier Bye Bye Birdie Conrad Birdie
Ron Husmann Tenderloin Tommy
16th Tony Awards
Charles Nelson Reilly How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying Bud Frump
Orson Bean Subways Are For Sleeping Charlie Smith
Severn Darden From the Second City Performer
Pierre Olaf Carnival Jacquot
17th Tony Awards
David Burns A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum Senex
Jack Gilford A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum Hysterium
David Jones Oliver! The Artful Dodger
Swen Swenson Little Me George Musgrove
18th Tony Awards
Jack Cassidy She Loves Me Stephen Kodaly
Will Geer 110 in the Shade H. C. Curry
Danny Meehan Funny Girl Eddie Ryan
Charles Nelson Reilly Hello, Dolly! Cornelius Hackl
19th Tony Awards
Victor Spinetti Oh, What a Lovely War! Various Characters
Jack Cassidy Fade Out – Fade In Bryon Prong
James Grout Half a Sixpence Chitterlow
Jerry Orbach Guys and Dolls Sky Masterson
20th Tony Awards
Frankie Michaels Mame Patrick Dennis
Roy Castle Pickwick Sam Weller
John McMartin Sweet Charity Oscar
Michael O'Sullivan It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman Dr. Abner Sedgwick
21st Tony Awards
Joel Grey Cabaret The Master of Ceremonies
Leon Bibb A Hand is on the Gate Performer
Gordon Dilworth Walking Happy Tubby Wadlow
Edward Winter Cabaret Ernst Ludwig
22nd Tony Awards
Hiram Sherman How Now, Dow Jones Wingate
Scott Jacoby Golden Rainbow Ally
Nikos Kourkoulos Illya Darling Tonio
Michael Rupert The Happy Time Bibi Bonnard
23rd Tony Awards
Ronald Holgate 1776 Richard Henry Lee
William Daniels 1776 (Refused the nomination) John Adams
Larry Haines Promises, Promises Dr. Dreyfuss
Edward Winter J.D. Sheldrake


Year Actor Musical Character
24th Tony Awards
René Auberjonois Coco Sebastian Baye
Brandon Maggart Applause Buzz Richards
George Rose Coco Louis Greff
25th Tony Awards
Keene Curtis The Rothschilds Various Characters
Charles Kimbrough Company Harry
Walter Willison Two by Two Japheth
26th Tony Awards
Larry Blyden A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum Hysterium
Timothy Meyers Grease Kenickie
Gene Nelson Follies Buddy Plummer
Ben Vereen Jesus Christ Superstar Judas Iscariot
27th Tony Awards
George S. Irving Irene Madame Lucy
Laurence Guittard A Little Night Music Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm
Avon Long Don't Play Us Cheap David
Gilbert Price Lost in the Stars Absalom Kumalo
28th Tony Awards
Tommy Tune Seesaw David
Mark Baker Candide Candide
Ralph Carter Raisin Travis Younger
29th Tony Awards
Ted Ross The Wiz The Cowardly Lion
Tom Aldredge Where's Charley? Mr. Spettigue
John Bottoms Dance with Me Jimmy Dick II
Doug Henning The Magic Show Doug
Gilbert Price The Night That Made America Famous Performer
Richard B. Shull Goodtime Charley Minguet
30th Tony Awards
Sammy Williams A Chorus Line Paul
Robert LuPone A Chorus Line Zach
Charles Repole Very Good Eddie Mr. Eddie Kettle
Isao Sato Pacific Overtures Kayama
31st Tony Awards
Lenny Baker I Love My Wife Alvin
David Kernan Side by Side by Sondheim Performer
Ned Sherrin Performer
Larry Marshall Porgy and Bess Sportin' Life
32nd Tony Awards
Kevin Kline On the Twentieth Century Bruce Granit
Steven Boockvor Working John Fortune / Marco Camerone
Rex Everhart Herb Rosen / Booker Page
Wayne Cilento Dancin' Performer
33rd Tony Awards
Henderson Forsythe The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas Sheriff Ed Earl Dodd
Richard Cox Platinum Dan Danger
Gregory Hines Eubie! Performer
Ronald Holgate The Grand Tour Colonel Tadeusz Boleslav Stjerbinsky


Year Actor Musical Character
34th Tony Awards
Mandy Patinkin Evita Che
David Garrison A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine Serge B. Samovar
Harry Groener Oklahoma! Will Parker
Bob Gunton Evita Juan Perón
35th Tony Awards
Hinton Battle Sophisticated Ladies Various Characters
Tony Azito The Pirates of Penzance Sergeant of Police
Lee Roy Reams 42nd Street Billy Lawlor
Paxton Whitehead Camelot King Pellinore
36th Tony Awards
Cleavant Derricks Dreamgirls James "Thunder" Early
Obba Babatundé Dreamgirls C.C. White
David Alan Grier The First Jackie Robinson
Bill Hutton Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Joseph
37th Tony Awards
Charles "Honi" Coles My One and Only Mr. Magix
Harry Groener Cats Munkustrap
Stephen Hanan Bustopher Jones / Asparagus / Growltiger
Lara Teeter On Your Toes Junior
38th Tony Awards
Hinton Battle The Tap Dance Kid Dipsey
Stephen Geoffreys The Human Comedy Homer
Todd Graff Baby Danny
Samuel E. Wright The Tap Dance Kid William
39th Tony Awards
Ron Richardson Big River Jim
René Auberjonois Big River The Duke
Daniel H. Jenkins Huckleberry Finn
Kurt Knudson Take Me Along Sid Davis
40th Tony Awards
Michael Rupert Sweet Charity Oscar
Christopher d'Amboise Song and Dance Joe
John Herrera The Mystery of Edwin Drood Neville Landless / Mr. Victor Grinstead
Howard McGillin John Jasper / Mr. Clive Paget
41st Tony Awards
Michael Maguire Les Misérables Enjolras
George S. Irving Me and My Girl Sir John Tremayne
Timothy Jerome Herbert Parchester
Robert Torti Starlight Express Greaseball
42nd Tony Awards
Bill McCutcheon Anything Goes Moonface Martin
Anthony Heald Anything Goes Lord Evelyn Oakleigh
Werner Klemperer Cabaret Herr Schultz
Robert Westenberg Into the Woods Cinderella's Prince / The Wolf
43rd Tony Awards
Scott Wise Jerome Robbins' Broadway Various Characters
Bunny Briggs Black and Blue Hoofer
Savion Glover Younger Generation
Scott Wentworth Welcome to the Club Aaron Bates


Year Actor Musical Character
44th Tony Awards
Michael Jeter Grand Hotel Otto Kringelein
René Auberjonois City of Angels Buddy Fiddler / Irwin S. Irving
Kevin Colson Aspects of Love George Dillingham
Jonathan Hadary Gypsy Herbie
45th Tony Awards
Hinton Battle Miss Saigon John
Bruce Adler Those Were the Days Various Characters
Gregg Burge Oh, Kay! Billy Lyes
Willy Falk Miss Saigon Chris
46th Tony Awards
Scott Waara The Most Happy Fella Herman
Bruce Adler Crazy for You Bela Zangler
Keith David Jelly's Last Jam Chimney Man
Jonathan Kaplan Falsettos Jason
47th Tony Awards
Anthony Crivello Kiss of the Spider Woman Valentin
Gregg Edelman Anna Karenina Constantin Levin
Michael Cerveris The Who's Tommy Tommy
Paul Kandel Uncle Ernie
48th Tony Awards
Jarrod Emick Damn Yankees Joe Hardy
Tom Aldredge Passion Dr. Tambourri
Gary Beach Beauty and the Beast Lumiere
Jonathan Freeman She Loves Me Headwaiter
49th Tony Awards
George Hearn Sunset Boulevard Max Von Mayerling
Michel Bell Show Boat Joe
Joel Blum Frank
Victor Trent Cook Smokey Joe's Cafe Various Characters
50th Tony Awards
Wilson Jermaine Heredia Rent Angel Dumott Schunard
Lewis J. Stadlen A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum Senex
Brett Tabisel Big Billy
Scott Wise State Fair Pat Gilbert
51st Tony Awards
Chuck Cooper The Life Memphis
Joel Blum Steel Pier Buddy Becker
André DeShields Play On! Jester
Sam Harris The Life Jojo
52nd Tony Awards
Ron Rifkin Cabaret Herr Schultz
Gregg Edelman 1776 Edward Rutledge
John McMartin High Society Uncle Willie
Samuel E. Wright The Lion King Mufasa
53rd Tony Awards
Roger Bart You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown Snoopy
Desmond Richardson Fosse Various Characters
Scott Wise
Ron Taylor It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues


Year Actor Musical Character
54th Tony Awards
Boyd Gaines Contact Michael Wiley
Michael Berresse Kiss Me, Kate Bill Calhoun / Lucentio
Lee Wilkof First Man
Michael Mulheren Second Man
Stephen Spinella James Joyce's The Dead Freddy Malins
55th Tony Awards
Gary Beach The Producers Roger DeBris
Roger Bart The Producers Carmen Ghia
Brad Oscar Franz Liebkind
André DeShields The Full Monty Noah "Horse" T. Simmons
John Ellison Conlee Dave Butatinsky
56th Tony Awards
Shuler Hensley Oklahoma! Jud Fry
Brian d'Arcy James Sweet Smell of Success Sidney Falco
Gregg Edelman Into the Woods Cinderella's Prince / The Wolf
Marc Kudisch Thoroughly Modern Millie Trevor Graydon
Norbert Leo Butz Thou Shalt Not Camille Raquin
57th Tony Awards
Dick Latessa Hairspray Wilbur Turnblad
Michael Cavanaugh Movin' Out Piano Man
Keith Roberts Tony
Corey Reynolds Hairspray Seaweed J. Stubbs
John Dossett Gypsy Herbie
58th Tony Awards
Michael Cerveris Assassins John Wilkes Booth
John Cariani Fiddler on the Roof Motel Kamzoil
Raúl Esparza Taboo Philip Salon
Michael McElroy Big River Jim
Denis O'Hare Assassins Charles Guiteau
59th Tony Awards
Dan Fogler The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee William Barfée
Marc Kudisch Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Baron Bomburst
Michael McGrath Monty Python's Spamalot Patsy
Christopher Sieber Sir Galahad
Matthew Morrison The Light in the Piazza Fabrizio Nacarelli
60th Tony Awards
Christian Hoff Jersey Boys Tommy DeVito
Danny Burstein The Drowsy Chaperone Aldolpho
Jim Dale The Threepenny Opera Mr. Peachum
Brandon Victor Dixon The Color Purple Harpo
Manoel Felciano Sweeney Todd Tobias Ragg
61st Tony Awards
John Gallagher, Jr. Spring Awakening Moritz Stiefel
Brooks Ashmanskas Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me Various Characters
Christian Borle Legally Blonde Emmett Forrest
John Cullum 110 in the Shade H.C. Curry
David Pittu LoveMusik Bertolt Brecht
62nd Tony Awards
Boyd Gaines Gypsy Herbie
Daniel Breaker Passing Strange Youth
Danny Burstein South Pacific Luther Billis
Robin de Jesús In the Heights Sonny
Christopher Fitzgerald Young Frankenstein Igor
63rd Tony Awards
Gregory Jbara Billy Elliot the Musical Dad
David Bologna Billy Elliot the Musical Michael Caffrey
Marc Kudisch 9 to 5 Franklin Hart Jr.
Christopher Sieber Shrek the Musical Lord Farquaad
Will Swenson Hair Berger


Year Actor Musical Character
64th Tony Awards
Levi Kreis Million Dollar Quartet Jerry Lee Lewis
Kevin Chamberlin The Addams Family Uncle Fester
Robin de Jesús La Cage aux Folles Jacob
Christopher Fitzgerald Finian's Rainbow Og
Bobby Steggert Ragtime Younger Brother
65th Tony Awards
John Larroquette How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying J.B. Biggley
Colman Domingo The Scottsboro Boys Mr. Bones
Forrest McClendon Mr. Tambo
Adam Godley Anything Goes Lord Evelyn Oakleigh
Rory O'Malley The Book of Mormon Elder McKinley / Moroni
66th Tony Awards
Michael McGrath Nice Work If You Can Get It Cookie McGee
David Alan Grier Porgy and Bess Crown
Phillip Boykin Sporting Life
Michael Cerveris Evita Juan Perón
Josh Young Jesus Christ Superstar Judas Iscariot
67th Tony Awards
Gabriel Ebert Matilda the Musical Mr. Wormwood
Charl Brown Motown: The Musical Smokey Robinson
Keith Carradine Hands on a Hardbody JD Drew
Will Chase The Mystery of Edwin Drood John Jasper / Mr. Clive Paget
Terrence Mann Pippin King Charles
68th Tony Awards
James Monroe Iglehart Aladdin Genie
Danny Burstein Cabaret Herr Schultz
Nick Cordero Bullets Over Broadway Cheech
Joshua Henry Violet Flick
Jarrod Spector Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Barry Mann
69th Tony Awards
Christian Borle Something Rotten! The Bard
Brad Oscar Something Rotten! Nostradamus
Andy Karl On the Twentieth Century Bruce Granit
Brandon Uranowitz An American in Paris Adam Hochberg
Max von Essen Henri Baurel

Multiple Winners

Multiple Nominees

Character Win Total

2 wins

Character Nomination Total

4 nominations

3 nominations

2 nominations


  • There have been no ties in the history of this category.
  • The role of Herbie, in Gypsy, holds the record for most nominations in this category, with four:
  • Hinton Battle remains the most successful performer in the history of this category with a perfect score of three wins in three nominations. Scott Wise and René Auberjonois have also attained three nominations each, but have only been victorious once. Gregg Edelman and Marc Kudisch also received three nominations, and neither have ever won and they are this category's biggest "losers". Coincidentally, both were nominated and lost to Shuler Hensley in 2002.
  • There has never been a consecutive winner in this category. There have been, though, some consecutive nominations. Jack Cassidy was consecutively nominated in 1964 and 1965, while Bruce Adler achieved the same honor in 1991 and 1992. Cassidy won in 1964, for his portrayal of Steve Kodaly, in She Loves Me.
  • The record for the longest span between wins is held by Hiram Sherman, whose wins for Two's Company, in 1953, and How Now, Dow Jones, in 1968, are set apart by 15 years.
  • The record for the longest span between nominations is held by John McMartin, whose nominations for Sweet Charity, in 1966, and High Society, in 1998, are set apart by 32 years. McMartin has never won a Tony Award in this category.
  • The oldest winner in this category is Dick Latessa who was 73 when he won for Hairspray in 2003. The youngest winner is Frankie Michaels who won for Mame in 1966 at age 10.

External links

  • Tony Awards Official site
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