Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical

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Tony Award for
Best Featured Actor in a Musical
Andre De Shields in NY2009 photo by Lia Chang.jpg
2019 recipient: André De Shields for Hadestown
Awarded forBest 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 André De Shields for Hadestown (2019)
Website TonyAwards.com

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 given since 1947, but the nominees who did not win have only been publicly announced since 1956.

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Winner and nominees

  indicates the winner

1940s

YearActorMusicalCharacter
1947
1st Tony Awards
David Wayne Finian's Rainbow Og
1948 – 1949N/A

1950s

YearActorMusicalCharacter
1950
4th Tony Awards
Myron McCormick South Pacific Luther Billis
1951
5th Tony Awards
Russell Nype Call Me Madam Kenneth Gibson
1952
6th Tony Awards
Yul Brynner The King and I The King of Siam
1953
7th Tony Awards
Hiram Sherman Two's Company Various Characters
1954
8th Tony Awards
Harry Belafonte John Murray Anderson's Almanac Various Characters
1955
9th Tony Awards
Cyril Ritchard Peter Pan Captain Hook / Mr. Darling
1956
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
1957
11th Tony Awards
Sydney Chaplin Bells Are Ringing Jeff Moss
Robert Coote My Fair Lady Colonel Pickering
Stanley Holloway Alfred P. Doolittle
1958
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
1959
13th Tony Awards
Russell Nype (tie) Goldilocks George Randolph Brown
Leonard Stone (tie) [1] Redhead George Poppett

1960s

YearActorMusicalCharacter
1960
14th Tony Awards
Tom Bosley Fiorello! Fiorello La Guardia
Theodore Bikel The Sound of Music Captain Georg von Trapp
Howard Da Silva Fiorello!Ben Marino
Kurt Kasznar The Sound of MusicMax Detweiler
Jack Klugman Gypsy Herbie
1961
15th Tony Awards
Dick Van Dyke Bye Bye Birdie Albert Peterson
Dick Gautier Bye Bye BirdieConrad Birdie
Ron Husmann Tenderloin Tommy
Clive Revill Irma La Douce Bob-Le-Hotu
1962
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 CityPerformer
Pierre Olaf Carnival Jacquot
1963
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 ForumHysterium
Davy Jones Oliver! The Artful Dodger
Swen Swenson Little Me George Musgrove
1964
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
1965
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
1966
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
1967
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 CabaretErnst Ludwig
1968
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
1969
23rd Tony Awards
Ron Holgate 1776 Richard Henry Lee
William Daniels 1776 John Adams
Larry Haines Promises, Promises Dr. Dreyfuss
Edward Winter J.D. Sheldrake

1970s

YearActorMusicalCharacter
1970
24th Tony Awards
René Auberjonois Coco Sebastian Baye
Brandon Maggart Applause Buzz Richards
George Rose CocoLouis Greff
1971
25th Tony Awards
Keene Curtis The Rothschilds Various Characters
Charles Kimbrough Company Harry
Walter Willison Two by Two Japheth
1972
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
1973
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
1974
28th Tony Awards
Tommy Tune Seesaw David
Mark Baker Candide Candide
Ralph Carter Raisin Travis Younger
1975
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
1976
30th Tony Awards
Sammy Williams A Chorus Line Paul San Marco
Robert LuPone A Chorus LineZach
Charles Repole Very Good Eddie Mr. Eddie Kettle
Isao Sato Pacific Overtures Kayama
1977
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
1978
32nd Tony Awards
Kevin Kline On the Twentieth Century Bruce Granit
Steven Boockvor Working John Fortune / Marco Camerone
Wayne Cilento Dancin' Performer
Rex Everhart WorkingHerb Rosen / Booker Page
1979
33rd Tony Awards
Henderson Forsythe The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas Sheriff Ed Earl Dodd
Richard Cox Platinum Dan Danger
Gregory Hines Eubie! Performer
Ron Holgate The Grand Tour Colonel Tadeusz Boleslav Stjerbinsky

1980s

YearActorMusicalCharacter
1980
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 EvitaJuan Perón
1981
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
1982
36th Tony Awards
Cleavant Derricks Dreamgirls James "Thunder" Early
Obba Babatundé DreamgirlsC.C. White
David Alan Grier The First Jackie Robinson
Bill Hutton Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Joseph
1983
37th Tony Awards
Charles Coles My One and Only Mr. Magix
Harry Groener Cats Munkustrap
Stephen HananBustopher Jones / Asparagus / Growltiger
Lara Teeter On Your Toes Junior
1984
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 KidWilliam
1985
39th Tony Awards
Ron Richardson Big River Jim
René Auberjonois Big RiverThe Duke
Daniel Jenkins Huckleberry Finn
Kurt Knudson Take Me Along Sid Davis
1986
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
1987
41st Tony Awards
Michael Maguire Les Misérables Enjolras
George S. Irving Me and My Girl Sir John Tremayne
Timothy JeromeHerbert Parchester
Robert Torti Starlight Express Greaseball
1988
42nd Tony Awards
Bill McCutcheon Anything Goes Moonface Martin
Anthony Heald Anything GoesLord Evelyn Oakleigh
Werner Klemperer Cabaret Herr Schultz
Robert Westenberg Into the Woods Cinderella's Prince / The Wolf
1989
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

1990s

YearActorMusicalCharacter
1990
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
1991
45th Tony Awards
Hinton Battle Miss Saigon John
Bruce Adler Those Were the DaysVarious Characters
Gregg Burge Oh, Kay! Billy Lyes
Willy FalkMiss SaigonChris
1992
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
1993
47th Tony Awards
Anthony Crivello Kiss of the Spider Woman Valentin Arregui Paz
Michael Cerveris The Who's Tommy Tommy
Gregg Edelman Anna Karenina Constantin Levin
Paul Kandel The Who's TommyUncle Ernie
1994
48th Tony Awards
Jarrod Emick Damn Yankees Joe Hardy
Tom Aldredge Passion Dr. Tambourri
Gary Beach Beauty and the Beast Lumière
Jonathan Freeman She Loves Me Headwaiter
1995
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
1996
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
1997
51st Tony Awards
Chuck Cooper The Life Memphis
Joel Blum Steel Pier Buddy Becker
André De Shields Play On! Jester
Sam Harris The LifeJojo
1998
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
1999
53rd Tony Awards
Roger Bart You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown Snoopy
Desmond Richardson Fosse Various Characters
Ron Taylor It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues Various Characters
Scott Wise FosseVarious Characters

2000s

YearActorMusicalCharacter
2000
54th Tony Awards
Boyd Gaines Contact Michael Wiley
Michael Berresse Kiss Me, Kate Bill Calhoun / Lucentio
Michael Mulheren Second Man
Stephen Spinella James Joyce's The Dead Freddy Malins
Lee Wilkof Kiss Me, KateFirst Man
2001
55th Tony Awards
Gary Beach The Producers Roger DeBris
Roger Bart The ProducersCarmen Ghia
John Ellison Conlee The Full Monty Dave Butatinsky
André De Shields Noah "Horse" T. Simmons
Brad Oscar The ProducersFranz Liebkind
2002
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
2003
57th Tony Awards
Dick Latessa Hairspray Wilbur Turnblad
Michael Cavanaugh Movin' Out Piano Man
John Dossett Gypsy Herbie
Corey Reynolds HairspraySeaweed J. Stubbs
Keith Roberts Movin' OutTony
2004
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
2005
59th Tony Awards
Dan Fogler The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee William Barfée
Marc Kudisch Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Baron Bomburst
Michael McGrath Spamalot Patsy
Matthew Morrison The Light in the Piazza Fabrizio Nacarelli
Christopher Sieber Spamalot Sir Galahad
2006
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: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Tobias Ragg
2007
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
2008
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
2009
63rd Tony Awards
Gregory Jbara Billy Elliot the Musical Dad
David Bologna Billy Elliot the MusicalMichael Caffrey
Marc Kudisch 9 to 5 Franklin Hart Jr.
Christopher Sieber Shrek the Musical Lord Farquaad
Will Swenson Hair George Berger

2010s

YearActorMusicalCharacter
2010
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
2011
65th Tony Awards
John Larroquette How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying J.B. Biggley
Colman Domingo The Scottsboro Boys Mr. Bones
Adam Godley Anything Goes Lord Evelyn Oakleigh
Forrest McClendon The Scottsboro BoysMr. Tambo
Rory O'Malley The Book of Mormon Elder McKinley / Moroni
2012
66th Tony Awards
Michael McGrath Nice Work If You Can Get It Cookie McGee
Phillip Boykin Porgy and Bess Crown
Michael Cerveris Evita Juan Perón
David Alan Grier Porgy and BessSporting Life
Josh Young Jesus Christ Superstar Judas Iscariot
2013
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
2014
68th Tony Awards
James Monroe Iglehart Aladdin The 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
2015
69th Tony Awards
Christian Borle Something Rotten! William Shakespeare
Andy Karl On the Twentieth Century Bruce Granit
Brad Oscar Something Rotten! Nostradamus
Brandon Uranowitz An American in Paris Adam Hochberg
Max von Essen Henri Baurel
2016
70th Tony Awards
Daveed Diggs Hamilton Marquis de Lafayette / Thomas Jefferson
Brandon Victor Dixon Shuffle Along Eubie Blake
Christopher Fitzgerald Waitress Ogie Anhorn
Jonathan Groff Hamilton King George III
Christopher Jackson George Washington
2017
71st Tony Awards
Gavin Creel Hello, Dolly! Cornelius Hackl
Mike Faist Dear Evan Hansen Connor Murphy
Andrew Rannells Falsettos Whizzer Brown
Lucas Steele Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 Anatole Kuragin
Brandon Uranowitz FalsettosMendel Weisenbachfeld
2018
72nd Tony Awards
Ari'el Stachel The Band's Visit Haled
Norbert Leo Butz My Fair Lady Alfred P. Doolittle
Alexander Gemignani Carousel Enoch Snow
Grey Henson Mean Girls Damian Hubbard
Gavin Lee SpongeBob SquarePants Squidward Tentacles
2019
73rd Tony Awards
André De Shields Hadestown Hermes
Andy Grotelueschen Tootsie Jeff Slater
Patrick Page Hadestown Hades
Jeremy Pope Ain’t Too Proud Eddie Kendricks
Ephraim Sykes David Ruffin

2020s

YearActorMusicalCharacter
2020
74th Tony Awards
Danny Burstein Moulin Rouge! The Musical Harold Zidler
Derek Klena Jagged Little Pill Nick Healy
Sean Allan KrillSteve Healy
Sahr Ngaujah Moulin Rouge! The Musical Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
Daniel J. Watts Tina: The Tina Turner Musical Ike Turner

Multiple winners

Multiple nominees

Character nomination total

4 nominations

3 nominations

2 nominations

Productions with multiple nominations

Multiple awards and nominations

Actors who have been nominated multiple times in any acting categories

AwardsNominationsRecipient
47 Frank Langella
5 Boyd Gaines
36 Nathan Lane
5 Mark Rylance
4 Kevin Kline
Zero Mostel
3 Hinton Battle
27 Christopher Plummer
6 John Lithgow
Michael Cerveris
5 George Hearn
George Rose
John Cullum
Robert Morse
4 Christian Borle
James Earl Jones
Norbert Leo Butz
Richard Kiley
3 Al Pacino
David Burns
David Wayne
Fredric March
Judd Hirsch
Matthew Broderick
Phil Silvers
Rex Harrison
Robert Preston
Stephen Spinella
Walter Matthau
2 Alan Bates
Brian Dennehy
Bryan Cranston
Harvey Fierstein
Hiram Sherman
James Naughton
Jonathan Pryce
José Ferrer
Russell Nype
Tommy Tune
18 Jason Robards
7 Brian Bedford
6 Philip Bosco
5 Brían F. O'Byrne
Hume Cronyn
Jim Dale
4 Billy Crudup
Brian Stokes Mitchell
Cyril Ritchard
Gregory Hines
Jack Cassidy
Joel Grey
René Auberjonois
Tony Shalhoub
3 Alfred Drake
André De Shields
Barry Bostwick
Courtney B. Vance
David Hyde Pierce
Gary Beach
Gavin Creel
George Grizzard
Jefferson Mays
Jerry Orbach
John Wood
Larry Blyden
Len Cariou
Liev Schreiber
Mandy Patinkin
Michael Rupert
Richard Burton
Robert Sean Leonard
Scott Wise
2 Alfred Lunt
Andrew Garfield
Barnard Hughes
Ben Vereen
Bert Lahr
Bertie Carvel
Bill Irwin
Brent Carver
Charles Nelson Reilly
Cleavant Derricks
Cliff Gorman
Denzel Washington
Derek Jacobi
Edward Herrmann
Fritz Weaver
George S. Irving
Henry Fonda
Ian McKellen
Jack Albertson
Jeffrey Wright
John Glover
Kevin Spacey
Laurence Fishburne
Martin Short
Michael Gough
Michael McGrath
Paul Rogers
Ralph Fiennes
Ray Bolger
Reed Birney
Roger Bart
Roger Rees
Roger Robinson
Ron Holgate
Roy Dotrice
Santino Fontana
Sydney Chaplin
Zakes Mokae
NominationsRecipient
6 Danny Burstein
5 George C. Scott
John McMartin
Tom Aldredge
4 Donald Pleasence
Gregg Edelman
Raúl Esparza
Raul Julia
Victor Garber
3 Alan Alda
Alec McCowen
Alfred Molina
Andy Karl
Ben Gazzara
Brandon Uranowitz
Brian d'Arcy James
Brian Murray
Christopher Fitzgerald
David Alan Grier
Gilbert Price
Harry Groener
Jeff Daniels
Joseph Maher
Joshua Henry
Kevin Chamberlin
Marc Kudisch
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Ralph Richardson
Robin de Jesús
Terrence Mann
Tim Curry
Željko Ivanek
2 Alan Rickman
Albert Finney
Alex Brightman
Andrew Rannells
Andy Griffith
Anthony Heald
Anthony Perkins
Biff McGuire
Bob Gunton
Bobby Cannavale
Brad Oscar
Brandon Victor Dixon
Brooks Ashmanskas
Bruce Adler
Charles Brown
Charles S. Dutton
Christopher Sieber
Christopher Walken
Clive Revill
Conleth Hill
David Carroll
David Pittu
Dick Anthony Williams
Donald Moffat
Edward Petherbridge
Edward Winter
Gabriel Byrne
Gary Sinise
Gavin Lee
Herschel Bernardi
Howard McGillin
Jack Gilford
Jack Lemmon
Jeremy Pope
Joe Mantello
Joel Blum
John Gielgud
Jonathan Groff
Jude Law
K. Todd Freeman
Keith Carradine
Larry Bryggman
Larry Haines
Lewis J. Stadlen
Liam Neeson
Lin-Manuel Miranda
Maurice Evans
Maurice Hines
Milo O'Shea
Nicol Williamson
Patrick Wilson
Peter Frechette
Robert Prosky
Robert Weede
Samuel Barnett
Samuel E. Wright
Savion Glover
Stark Sands
Theodore Bikel
Tom Courtenay
Tom Wopat
Tony Roberts
Wilfrid Hyde-White

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