Drama Doodles: Celebrating the 2016 Tony Award nominated performances

The 70th Annual Tony Awards are shaping up to be perhaps the most highly-viewed in the entire history of the ceremony. All eyes were on Broadway earlier this year when Hamilton won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, for which The Humans was a fellow finalist. With the mind-blowing success of Hamilton, which garnered a record-breaking 16 nominations, a host of new audience members will experience the awards for the first time. Other highly-acclaimed shows include Shuffle Along (10 nominations), She Loves Me (8 nominations), Long Day’s Journey Into Night (7 nominations), The Humans (6 nominations), and Eclipsed (6 nominations).

The brilliance of every Tony-nominated actor and actress has been highly discussed this year. Each and every nominee has given a stunning performance that will be remembered long after their shows have ended. In the final days leading up to the awards on Sunday, June 12, Stage Door Dish artist Courtney Powitz endeavored to capture each Tony-nominated actor in their respective roles.
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From left to right: Renée Elise Goldsberry as Angelica Schuyler (Hamilton), Danielle Brooks as Sofia (The Color Purple), Jennifer Simard as Sister Mary Downey (Disaster!), Jane Krakowski as Ilona (She Loves Me), and Adrienne Warren as Florence Mills (Shuffle Along).

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From left to right: Cynthia Erivo as Celie (The Color Purple), Carmen Cusack as Alice Murphy (Bright Star), Jessie Mueller as Jenna Hunterson (Waitress), Laura Benanti as Amalia Balash (She Loves Me), and Phillipa Soo as Eliza Schuyler (Hamilton).

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From left to right: Jonathan Groff as King George III (Hamilton), Christopher Jackson as George Washington (Hamilton), Christopher Fitzgerald as Ogie (Waitress), Brandon Victor Dixon as Eubie Blake (Shuffle Along), and Daveed Diggs as Thomas Jefferson (Hamilton).

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From left to right: Alex Brightman as Dewey Finn (School of Rock), Lin-Manuel Miranda as Alexander Hamilton (Hamilton), Zachary Levi as Georg Nowack (She Loves Me), Leslie Odom, Jr. as Aaron Burr (Hamilton), and Danny Burstein as Tevye (Fiddler on the Roof).

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​From left to right: Pascale Armand as Bessie (Eclipsed), Jayne Houdyshell as Deirdre Blake (The Humans), Megan Hilty as Brooke Ashton (Noises Off), Andrea Martin as Dotty Otley (Noises Off), Saycon Sengbloh as Helena (Eclipsed).

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​From left to right: Laurie Metcalf as Annie (Misery), Jessica Lange as Mary Tyrone (Long Day’s Journey Into Night), Lupita Nyong’o as The Girl (Eclipsed), Michelle Williams as Una (Blackbird), and Sophie Okonedo as Elizabeth Proctor (The Crucible).

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From left to right: Reed Birney as Erik Blake (The Humans), Bill Camp as Reverend John Hale (The Crucible), David Furr as Garry LeJune (Noises Off), Richard Goulding as Harry (King Charles III), and Michael Shannon as James Tyrone, Jr. (Long Day’s Journey Into Night).

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From left to right: Gabriel Byrne as James Tyrone, Sr. (Long Day’s Journey Into Night), Mark Strong as Eddie Carbone (A View From The Bridge), Tim Pigott-Smith as Charles (King Charles III), Jeff Daniels as Ray (Blackbird), and Frank Langella as Andre (The Father).

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