The Race to the 2013 Tonys: A look at the candidates for Best Featured Actor in a Musical

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 as Smokey Robinson in "Motown: The Musical."

Charl Brown as Smokey Robinson in “Motown: The 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.

Keith Carradine as JD in "Hands on a Hardbody."

Keith Carradine as JD in “Hands on a Hardbody.”

Keith Carradine, Hands on a Hardbody:

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.

Will Chase as Jasper in "The Mystery of Edwin Drood."

Will Chase as Jasper in “The Mystery of Edwin Drood.”

Will ChaseThe Mystery of Edwin Drood:

In the clever mystery musical, Chase has loads of fun with the campy and dastardly choirmaster Jasper.

Gabriel Ebert as Mr. Wormwood in "Matilda."

Gabriel Ebert as Mr. Wormwood in “Matilda.”

Gabriel EbertMatilda:

As the repulsive Mr. Wormwood, Matilda’s father, Ebert managed to add layers to an uproariously entertaining and seemingly cartoonish performance.

Terrance Mann as Charlemagne in "Pippin."

Terrance Mann as Charlemagne in “Pippin.”

Terrence MannPippin:

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!

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  1. Totally agree about the snub. Really disappointing.

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