Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical

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Drama Desk Award
for Outstanding Featured Actor
Awarded for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical
Location  United States
Presented by Drama Desk
Currently held by James Monroe Iglehart for Aladdin (2014)
Official website DramaDesk.org

The Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical is an annual award presented by Drama Desk in recognition of achievements in the theatre among Broadway, Off Broadway and Off-Off Broadway productions. The awards were established in 1955, with acting awards being given without making distinctions between roles in plays and musicals, or actors and actresses. The new award categories were later created in the 1975 ceremony.

† - indicates the performance won the Tony Award
‡ - indicates the performance was also nominated for the Tony Award

Winners and nominees[edit]

1970s[edit]

Year Actor Musical Character
1975
Ted Ross The Wiz The Lion
Hinton Battle The Wiz The Scarecrow
Pinta DeCola In Gay Company Unknown
Jerry Lanning Where's Charley? Jack Chesney
Gilbert Price The Night That Made America Famous Performer ‡
Richard Schull Goodtime Charley Minguet ‡
Marie Wallace Avon Lady The Avon Lady
1976
George Rose My Fair Lady Alfred P. Doolittle
Haruki Fujimoto Pacific Overtures Commodore Matthew Calbraith Perry
James Harder Very Good Eddie Steward / Al Cleveland
Barry Preston Bubbling Brown Sugar Charlie / Count
1977
Ken Bichel I Love My Wife Norman
Michael Mark Stanley
John Miller Harvey
Joseph Saulter Quenton
Daniel Benzali Music Is Feste
Jack Cassidy She Loves Me Stephen Kodaly
Christopher Hewett Music Is Malvolio
Larry Marshall Porgy and Bess Sportin' Life ‡
1978
Kevin Kline On the Twentieth Century Bruce Granit †
Joel Higgins Angel Ben Gant
Matt Landers Working Various Characters
Brad Sullivan Working Mike LeFevre
Charles Ward Dancin' Performer
Lee Wilkof The Present Tense Performer
1979
Ken Jennings Sweeney Todd Tobias Ragg
Richard Cox Platinum Dan Danger ‡
Bob Gunton King of Hearts Raoul

1980s[edit]

Year Actor Musical Character
1980
Bob Gunton Evita Juan Perón ‡
Joe Grifasi The 1940's Radio Hour Neal Tilden
Harry Groener Oklahoma! Will Parker ‡
Jeff Keller The 1940's Radio Hour Johnny Cantone
Don Novello Gilda Radner – Live from New York Himself
Martin Vidnovic Oklahoma! Jud Fry
1981
Tony Azito The Pirates of Penzance The Sergeant of Police ‡
Gregg Burge Sophisticated Ladies Performer
Michael Davis Broadway Follies Performer
Lee Roy Reams 42nd Street Billy Lawlor ‡
Paxton Whitehead Camelot Pellinore ‡
1982
Cleavant Derricks Dreamgirls James "Thunder" Early †
Mark Hardwick Pump Boys and Dinettes L. M.
Ben Harney Dreamgirls Curtis Taylor, Jr.
1983
Charles "Honi" Coles My One and Only Mr. Magix †
Bruce Hubbard Show Boat Joe
Franc Luz Little Shop of Horrors Orin Scrivello, D.D.S.
Randle Mell The Cradle Will Rock Larry Foreman
1984
Martin Vidnovic Baby Nick Sakarian
Mace Barrett Taking My Turn Eric
Hinton Battle The Tap Dance Kid Dipsey †
Charles Kimbrough Sunday in the Park with George Jules
1985
René Auberjonois Big River The Duke ‡
John Goodman Big River Pap Finn
Bob Gunton Big River The King
Howard McGillin La bohème Marcel
Timothy Nolen Grind Doyle
John Short Big River Tom Sawyer
1986
Michael Rupert Sweet Charity Oscar Lindquist †
Jason Alexander Personals Various Characters
Gregg Burge Song and Dance Man
Joe Grifasi The Mystery of Edwin Drood Bazzard / Mr. Philip Bax
1987
Michael Maguire Les Misérables Enjolras †
Timothy Jerome Me and My Girl Herbert Parchester ‡
Michael O'Gorman Smile Tommy French
Joaquin Romaguera Gay Divorce Teddy
1988
Robert Westenberg Into the Woods Cinderella's Prince / The Wolf ‡
Harry Goz Chess Molokov
Anthony Heald Anything Goes Evelyn Oakleigh ‡
Bill McCutcheon Anything Goes Moonface Martin †
Herbert L. Rawlings, Jr. Dreamgirls James "Thunder" Early
1989
N/A N/A N/A

1990s[edit]

Year Actor Musical Character
1990
Michael Jeter Grand Hotel Otto Kringelein †
René Auberjonois City of Angels Irving S. Irving / Buddy Fidler ‡
Laurence Guittard The Sound of Music Various Characters
Jonathan Hadary Gypsy Herbie ‡
1991
Bruce Adler Those Were the Days Various Characters ‡
John Cameron Mitchell The Secret Garden Dickon
John Remme A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum Senex
Lee Wilkof Assassins Samuel Byck
1992
Scott Waara The Most Happy Fella Herman †
Bruce Adler Crazy for You Bela Zangler ‡
Walter Bobbie Guys and Dolls Nicely-Nicely Johnson
Savion Glover Jelly's Last Jam Young Jelly
1993
Mark Michael Hutchinson Blood Brothers Eddie
Jerry Lanning Anna Karenina Prince Stephen Oblonsky
Josh Mostel My Favorite Year Sy Benson
1994
Jarrod Emick Damn Yankees Joe Hardy †
George de la Peña The Red Shoes Grisha Ljubov
Sam Harris Grease Doody
John Cameron Mitchell Hello Again The Young Thing
Burke Moses Beauty and the Beast Gaston
1995
N/A N/A N/A
1996
Wilson Jermaine Heredia Rent Angel Dumott Schunard †
Lewis Cleale Swinging on a Star Various Characters
Michael McGrath Swinging on a Star Various Characters
Brett Tabisel Big: the musical Billy Kopecki
Scott Wise State Fair Pat Gilbert ‡
Ben Wright State Fair Wayne Frake
1997
Joel Grey Chicago Amos Hart
Stanley Bojarski Howard Crabtree's When Pigs Fly Various Characters
André De Shields Play On! Jester ‡
Sam Harris The Life Jojo ‡
Michael McElroy Violet Flick
Jay Rogers Howard Crabtree's When Pigs Fly Various Characters
1998
Gregg Edelman 1776 Edward Rutledge ‡
Max Cassella The Lion King Timon
Geoffrey Hoyle The Lion King Zazu
John McMartin High Society Uncle Willie ‡
Renoly Santiago The Capeman Tony Hernandez
Steven Sutcliffe Ragtime Mother's younger Brother
1999
Roger Bart You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown Snoopy †
Bryan Batt Forbidden Broadway Cleans Up Its Act Various Characters
Michel Bell The Civil War Clayton Toler
Rufus Bonds Jr. Parade Jim Conley
Ron Taylor It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues Various Characters ‡
Chip Zien A New Brain Mr. Bungee

2000s[edit]

Year Actor Musical Character
2000
Stephen Spinella James Joyce's The Dead Freddy Malins
Jason Antoon Contact Husband
Christopher Fitzgerald Saturday Night Bobby
Alistair Izobell Kat and the Kings Magoo
Michael Mulheren Kiss Me, Kate Second Man ‡
Lee Wilkof Kiss Me, Kate First Man ‡
2001
Gary Beach The Producers Roger de Bris †
Roger Bart The Producers Carmen Ghia ‡
John Ellison Conlee The Full Monty Dave Bukatinsky ‡
André De Shields The Full Monty Noah "Horse" T. Simmons ‡
Mark Jacoby Enter the Guardsman The Playwright
Jeff McCarthy Urinetown Officer Lockstock
2002
Shuler Hensley Oklahoma! Jud Fry †
Justin Bohon Oklahoma! Will Parker
Norbert Leo Butz Thou Shalt Not Camille Raquin ‡
Jerry Dixon Tick, Tick... Boom! Michael
Gregg Edelman Into the Woods Cinderella's Prince / The Wolf ‡
Marc Kudisch Thoroughly Modern Millie Trevor Graydon III ‡
2003
Dick Latessa Hairspray Wilbur Turnblad †
John Dossett Gypsy Herbie ‡
Christopher Fitzgerald Amour Bertrand
Charles Keating A Man of No Importance Carney / Oscar Wilde
Steven Pasquale A Man of No Importance Robbie Fay
Corey Reynolds Hairspray Seaweed J. Stubbs ‡
2004
Raúl Esparza Taboo Phillip Sallon ‡
Joel Blum Golf: The Musical Bob Hope
Jeffrey Carlson Taboo Marilyn
Mitchel David Federan The Boy from Oz Boy
Marc Kudisch Assassins Propietor
Raymond Jaramillo McLeod Wonderful Town Wreck
2005
Denis O'Hare Sweet Charity Oscar Lindquist
Christian Borle Monty Python's Spamalot Various Characters
Gregory Jbara Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Andre
Norm Lewis Dessa Rose Nathan
Tyler Maynard Altar Boyz Mark
Michael McGrath Monty Python's Spamalot Mayor / Patsy ‡
2006
Jim Dale The Threepenny Opera Mr. Peachum ‡
Alexander Gemignani Sweeney Todd The Beadle
Christian Hoff Jersey Boys Tommy DeVito †
Eddie Korbich The Drowsy Chaperone George
John McMartin Grey Gardens J.V. "Major" Bouvier
Daniel Reichard Jersey Boys Bob Gaudio
2007
Gavin Lee Mary Poppins Bert
Brooks Ashmanskas Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me Comedy All Star ‡
Christian Borle Legally Blonde Emmett Forrest ‡
Aaron Lazar Les Misérables Enjolras
Orville Mendoza Adrift in Macao Tempura
David Pittu LoveMusik Bertolt Brecht
2008
Boyd Gaines Gypsy Herbie †
Danny Burstein South Pacific Luther Billis ‡
Christopher Fitzgerald Young Frankenstein Igor ‡
Shuler Hensley Young Frankenstein The Monster
Bobby Steggert The Slug Bearers of Kayrol Island Immanuel Lebang
Tom Wopat A Catered Affair Tom Hurley
2009
Gregory Jbara Billy Elliot the Musical Mr. Elliot †
Hunter Foster Happiness Stanley
Demond Green The Toxic Avenger Black Dude
Marc Kudisch 9 to 5 Franklin Hart Jr. ‡
Bryce Ryness Hair Woof
Christopher Sieber Shrek the Musical Lord Farquaad ‡

2010s[edit]

Year Actor Musical Character
2010
Christopher Fitzgerald Finian's Rainbow Og ‡
Kevin Chamberlin The Addams Family Uncle Fester ‡
Robin de Jesús La Cage aux Folles Jacob ‡
Jeffry Denman Yank! Artie
Jeremy Morse Bloodsong of Love Lo Cocodrilo
Bobby Steggert Ragtime Mother's Younger Brother ‡
2011
John Larroquette How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying J.B. Biggley †
Adam Godley Anything Goes Lord Evelyn Oakleigh ‡
Brian Stokes Mitchell Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown Ivan
Rory O'Malley The Book of Mormon Elder McKinley ‡
Bob Stillman Hello Again The Husband
Tom Wopat Catch Me If You Can Frank Abagnale Sr.
2012
Michael McGrath Nice Work If You Can Get It Cookie McGee †
Phillip Boykin Porgy and Bess Crown ‡
Matt Cavenaugh Death Takes a Holiday Eric Fenton
Michael Cerveris Evita Juan Perón ‡
Patrick Page Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark Green Goblin
Andrew Samonsky Queen of the Mist Frank Russell
2013
Bertie Carvel Matilda the Musical Miss Trunchbull
Stephen Bogardus Passion Colonel Ricci
John Bolton A Christmas Story: The Musical The Old Man
Keith Carradine Hands on a Hardbody JD Drew ‡
John Dossett Giant Bawley
Andy Karl The Mystery of Edwin Drood Neville Landless
2014
James Monroe Iglehart Aladdin Genie
Danny Burstein Cabaret Herr Schultz ‡
Nick Cordero Bullets Over Broadway: The Musical Cheech ‡
Joshua Henry Violet Flick ‡
Rory O'Malley Nobody Loves You Evan
Bobby Steggert Big Fish William Bloom

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