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 Play!
Danny Burstein, Golden Boy:
Three-time Tony nominee Burstein portrayed Tokio, a compassionate boxing trainer who takes a young violinist, played by Seth Numrich under his wing during the Great Depression. He played the understated role in this critically acclaimed show with sympathy and subtlety.
Richard Kind, The Big Knife:
Best-known for the TV series Curb Your Enthusiasm, Kind’s tremendous performance as vicious studio head Marcus Hoff stood out. Fans expecting a comedic piece found themselves more terrified than amused.
Billy Magnussen, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike:
Magnussen’s hysterical portrayal of Spike, Masha’s energetic, vapid and frequently unclothed boy-toy delighted audiences and critics alike.
Tony Shalhoub, Golden Boy:
Recognizable Tony veteran Shalhoub was memorable for his exquisite interpretation of Mr. Bonaparte, a heavily-accented immigrant who encourages his son to continue playing the violin, in spite of the financial tolls it might take.
Courtney B. Vance, Lucky Guy:
Yet another former Tony nominee, Vance gives a fierce and funny performance as the legendary editor Hap Hairston, and shares some heated words with columnist Mike McAlary in some of the shows strongest scenes.
Snub: Jeremy Shamos gave a nuanced performance as Jeff, the outsider in The Assembled Parties and was praised for his restrained turn in the otherwise bombastic Glengarry Glen Ross. Perhaps he should have been nominated for at least one of them!
My prediction: Tony Shalhoub’s memorable, sympathetic performance in Golden Boy will win him 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!