The Tony nominations are in! Theatre fans will likely be speculating from now until June 9 when the winners are announced, so let’s get to it, shall we? This year, best featured actor nominees include several seasoned award winners. Here is a brief guide to the nominees for Best Featured Actor in a Musical!
Charl Brown, Motown: The Musical:
In a cast of extremely talented and believable performances, Charl Brown’s appealing, on-the-nose depiction of R&B singer and producer Smokey Robinson impressed above and beyond.
With his easily identifiable, grit-tainted voice, Carradine’s honest rendering of the aging JD was one of many reasons to see the original musical.
In the clever mystery musical, Chase has loads of fun with the campy and dastardly choirmaster Jasper.
As the repulsive Mr. Wormwood, Matilda’s father, Ebert managed to add layers to an uproariously entertaining and seemingly cartoonish performance.
Mann played Pippin’s father opposite real life wife Charlotte D’Amboise. Hilarious and spirited, Mann was a welcome presence in the striking Pippin.
Snub: Hunter Foster in Hands on a Hardbody. In spite of the show’s mixed reviews, Foster’s compelling and embittered portrayal of real-life character Benny Perkins deserved some recognition.
My prediction: Gabriel Ebert’s villainous portrayal of Mr. Wormwood will win over audiences and take home the Tony.
What do you think of the nominees? Were your favorites chosen? Who was ignored? Who do you think will win, or who do you think deserves to win? Let me know in the comments!