Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical

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Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical
Awarded for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical
Location United States New York City
Presented by American Theatre Wing The Broadway League
Currently held by Neil Patrick Harris for Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Official website http://www.tonyawards.com/en_US/index.html

The Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical is awarded to the actor who was voted as the best actor in a musical play, whether a new production or a revival. The award has been given since 1948, but the nominees who did not win have only been publicly announced since 1956.

Award winners[edit]

1940s[edit]

Year Actor Musical Character
1947
1st Tony Awards
N/A N/A N/A
1948
2nd Tony Awards
Paul Hartman Angel in the Wings Various Characters
1949
3rd Tony Awards
Ray Bolger Where's Charley? Charley Wykeham

1950s[edit]

Year Actor Musical Character
1950
4th Tony Awards
Ezio Pinza South Pacific Emile De Beque
1951
5th Tony Awards
Robert Alda Guys and Dolls Sky Masterson
1952
6th Tony Awards
Phil Silvers Top Banana Jerry Biffle
1953
7th Tony Awards
Thomas Mitchell Hazel Flagg Dr. Downer
1954
8th Tony Awards
Alfred Drake Kismet Hajj
1955
9th Tony Awards
Walter Slezak Fanny Panisse
1956
10th Tony Awards
Ray Walston Damn Yankees Mr. Applegate
Stephen Douglass Damn Yankees Joe Hardy
William Johnson Pipe Dream Doc
1957
11th Tony Awards
Rex Harrison My Fair Lady Henry Higgins
Fernando Lamas Happy Hunting Duke of Granada
Robert Weede The Most Happy Fella Tony
1958
12th Tony Awards
Robert Preston The Music Man Harold Hill
Ricardo Montalbán Jamaica Koli
Eddie Foy, Jr. Rumple Rumple
Tony Randall Oh, Captain! Captain Henry St. James
1959
13th Tony Awards
Richard Kiley Redhead Tom Baxter
Larry Blyden Flower Drum Song Sammy Fong

1960s[edit]

Year Actor Musical Character
1960
14th Tony Awards
Jackie Gleason Take Me Along Sid Davis
Robert Morse Take Me Along Richard Miller
Walter Pidgeon Take Me Along Nat Miller
Andy Griffith Destry Rides Again Destry
1961
15th Tony Awards
Richard Burton Camelot Arthur
Phil Silvers Do Re Mi Hubert Cram
Maurice Evans Tenderloin Reverend Brock
1962
16th Tony Awards
Robert Morse How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying J. Pierrepont Finch
Ray Bolger All-American Professor Fodorski
Alfred Drake Kean Edmund Kean
Richard Kiley No Strings David Jordan
1963
17th Tony Awards
Zero Mostel A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum Pseudolus
Sid Caesar Little Me Noble Eggleston / Mr. Pinchley / Val du Val / Fred Poitrine / Otto Schnitzler / Prince Cherney / Noble Junior
Anthony Newley Stop the World – I Want to Get Off Littlechap
Clive Revill Oliver! Fagin
1964
18th Tony Awards
Bert Lahr Foxy Foxy
Sydney Chaplin Funny Girl Nick Arnstein
Bob Fosse Pal Joey Joey Evans
Steve Lawrence What Makes Sammy Run? Sammy Glick
1965
19th Tony Awards
Zero Mostel Fiddler on the Roof Tevye
Sammy Davis, Jr. Golden Boy Joe Wellington
Cyril Ritchard The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd Sir
Tommy Steele Half a Sixpence Arthur Kipps
1966
20th Tony Awards
Richard Kiley Man of La Mancha Don Quixote / Cervantes
Jack Cassidy It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman Max Mencken
John Cullum On a Clear Day You Can See Forever Dr. Mark Bruckner
Harry Secombe Pickwick Pickwick
1967
21st Tony Awards
Robert Preston I Do! I Do! Michael
Alan Alda The Apple Tree Various Characters
Jack Gilford Cabaret Herr Schultz
Norman Wisdom Walking Happy Will Mossop
1968
22nd Tony Awards
Robert Goulet The Happy Time Jacques Bonnard
Robert Hooks Hallelujah, Baby! Clem
Tony Roberts How Now, Dow Jones Charley
David Wayne The Happy Time Grandpere Bonnard
1969
23rd Tony Awards
Jerry Orbach Promises, Promises Chuck Baxter
Herschel Bernardi Zorba Zorba
Jack Cassidy Maggie Flynn The Clown
Joel Grey George M! George M. Cohan

1970s[edit]

Year Actor Musical Character
1970
24th Tony Awards
Cleavon Little Purlie Purlie
Len Cariou Applause Bill Sampson
Robert Weede Cry for Us All Edward Quinn
1971
25th Tony Awards
Hal Linden The Rothschilds Mayer Rothschild
David Burns Lovely Ladies, Kind Gentlemen Col. Wainwright Purdy III
Larry Kert Company Bobby
Bobby Van No, No, Nanette Billy Early
1972
26th Tony Awards
Phil Silvers A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum Pseudolus
Clifton Davis Two Gentlemen of Verona Valentine
Barry Bostwick Grease Danny Zuko
Raúl Juliá Two Gentlemen of Verona Proteus
1973
27th Tony Awards
Ben Vereen Pippin The Leading Player
Len Cariou A Little Night Music Frederick Egerman
Robert Morse Sugar Jerry
Brock Peters Lost in the Stars Stephen Kumalo
1974
28th Tony Awards
Christopher Plummer Cyrano Cyrano de Bergerac
Alfred Drake Gigi Honore Lachailles
Joe Morton Raisin Walter Lee Younger
Lewis J. Stadlen Candide Various Characters
1975
29th Tony Awards
John Cullum Shenandoah Charlie Anderson
Joel Grey Goodtime Charley Charley
Raúl Juliá Where's Charley? Charley Wykeham
Eddie Mekka The Lieutenant Lieutenant
Robert Preston Mack & Mabel Mack Sennett
1976
30th Tony Awards
George Rose My Fair Lady Alfred P. Doolittle
Makoto Iwamatsu Pacific Overtures Various Characters
Jerry Orbach Chicago Billy Flynn
Ian Richardson My Fair Lady Henry Higgins
1977
31st Tony Awards
Barry Bostwick The Robber Bridegroom Jamie Lockhart
Robert Guillaume Guys and Dolls Nathan Detroit
Raúl Juliá The Threepenny Opera Macheath
Reid Shelton Annie Oliver Warbucks
1978
32nd Tony Awards
John Cullum On the Twentieth Century Oscar Jaffee
Eddie Bracken Hello, Dolly! Horace Vandergelder
Barry Nelson The Act Dan Conners
Gilbert Price Timbuktu! The Mansa of Mali
1979
33rd Tony Awards
Len Cariou Sweeney Todd Sweeney Todd
Vincent Gardenia Ballroom Alfred Rossi
Joel Grey The Grand Tour S. L. Jacobowsky
Robert Klein They're Playing Our Song Vernon Gersch

1980s[edit]

Year Actor Musical Character
1980
34th Tony Awards
Jim Dale Barnum P. T. Barnum
Gregory Hines Comin' Uptown Scrooge
Mickey Rooney Sugar Babies Mickey
Giorgio Tozzi The Most Happy Fella Tony
1981
35th Tony Awards
Kevin Kline The Pirates of Penzance The Pirate King
Gregory Hines Sophisticated Ladies Performer
George Rose The Pirates of Penzance Major-General
Martin Vidnovic Brigadoon Tommy Albright
1982
36th Tony Awards
Ben Harney Dreamgirls Curtis Taylor Jr.
Herschel Bernardi Fiddler on the Roof Tevye
Victor Garber Little Me Noble Eggleston / Val du Val / Fred Poitrine / Noble Junior
Raúl Juliá Nine Guido Contini
1983
37th Tony Awards
Tommy Tune My One and Only Captain Billy Buck Chandler
Al Green Your Arms Too Short to Box with God Performer
George Hearn A Doll's Life Various Characters
Michael V. Smartt Porgy and Bess Porgy
1984
38th Tony Awards
George Hearn La Cage aux Folles Albin
Gene Barry La Cage aux Folles Georges
Ron Moody Oliver! Fagin
Mandy Patinkin Sunday in the Park with George George
1985
39th Tony Awards
N/A N/A N/A
1986
40th Tony Awards
George Rose The Mystery of Edwin Drood Mayor Thomas Sapsea / William Cartwright
Don Correia Singin' in the Rain Don Lockwood
Cleavant Derricks Big Deal Charley
Maurice Hines Uptown... It's Hot! Performer
1987
41st Tony Awards
Robert Lindsay Me and My Girl Bill Snibson
Roderick Cook Oh, Coward! Performer
Terrence Mann Les Misérables Inspector Javert
Colm Wilkinson Les Misérables Jean Valjean
1988
42nd Tony Awards
Michael Crawford The Phantom of the Opera The Phantom of the Opera
Scott Bakula Romance/Romance Alfred Von Wilmers / Sam
David Carroll Chess Anatoly
Howard McGillin Anything Goes Billy Crocker
1989
43rd Tony Awards
Jason Alexander Jerome Robbins' Broadway Various Characters
Gabriel Barre Starmites Trinkulus
Brian Lane Green Starmites Spacepunk
Robert La Fosse Jerome Robbins' Broadway Various Characters

1990s[edit]

Year Actor Musical Character
1990
44th Tony Awards
James Naughton City of Angels Stone
David Carroll Grand Hotel Felix Von Gaigern
Gregg Edelman City of Angels Stine
Bob Gunton Sweeney Todd Sweeney Todd
1991
45th Tony Awards
Jonathan Pryce Miss Saigon The Engineer
Keith Carradine The Will Rogers Follies Will Rogers
Paul Hipp Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story Buddy Holly
Topol Fiddler on the Roof Tevye
1992
46th Tony Awards
Gregory Hines Jelly's Last Jam Jelly Roll Morton
Harry Groener Crazy for You Bobby Child
Nathan Lane Guys and Dolls Nathan Detroit
Michael Rupert Falsettos Marvin
1993
47th Tony Awards
Brent Carver Kiss of the Spider Woman Luis Molina
Tim Curry My Favorite Year Alan Swann
Con O'Neill Blood Brothers Mickey
Martin Short The Goodbye Girl Elliot Garfield
1994
48th Tony Awards
Boyd Gaines She Loves Me Georg Nowack
Victor Garber Damn Yankees Mr. Applegate
Terrence Mann Beauty and the Beast The Beast
Jere Shea Passion Giorgio
1995
49th Tony Awards
Matthew Broderick How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying J. Pierrepont Finch
Alan Campbell Sunset Boulevard Joe Gillis
Mark Jacoby Show Boat Gaylord Ravenal
John McMartin Show Boat Cap'n Andy
1996
50th Tony Awards
Nathan Lane A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum Pseudolus
Savion Glover Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk 'da Beat / Lil' Dahlin'
Adam Pascal Rent Roger Davis
Lou Diamond Phillips The King and I The King of Siam
1997
51st Tony Awards
James Naughton Chicago Billy Flynn
Robert Cuccioli Jekyll & Hyde Dr. Henry Jekyll / Edward Hyde
Jim Dale Candide Dr. Pangloss
Daniel McDonald Steel Pier Bill Kelly
1998
52nd Tony Awards
Alan Cumming Cabaret The Master of Ceremonies
Peter Friedman Ragtime Tateh
Brian Stokes Mitchell Ragtime Coalhouse Walker, Jr.
Douglas Sills The Scarlet Pimpernel Percy Blakeney
1999
53rd Tony Awards
Martin Short Little Me Noble Eggleston / Amos Pinchley / Benny Buchsbaum / Val du Val / Fred Poitrine / Otto Schnitzler / Prince Cherney / The Drunk
Brent Carver Parade Leo Frank
Adam Cooper Swan Lake The Swan
Tom Wopat Annie Get Your Gun Frank Butler

2000s[edit]

Year Actor Musical Character
2000
54th Tony Awards
Brian Stokes Mitchell Kiss Me, Kate Fred Graham / Petruchio
Craig Bierko The Music Man Harold Hill
George Hearn Putting It Together The Husband
Mandy Patinkin The Wild Party Burrs
Christopher Walken The Dead Gabriel Conroy
2001
55th Tony Awards
Nathan Lane The Producers Max Bialystock
Matthew Broderick The Producers Leo Bloom
Kevin Chamberlin Seussical Horton the Elephant
Tom Hewitt The Rocky Horror Show Dr. Frank N. Furter
Patrick Wilson The Full Monty Jerry Lukowski
2002
56th Tony Awards
John Lithgow Sweet Smell of Success J.J. Hunsecker
Gavin Creel Thoroughly Modern Millie Jimmy Smith
John McMartin Into the Woods Narrator / Mysterious Man
Patrick Wilson Oklahoma! Curly
John Cullum Urinetown Caldwell B. Cladwell
2003
57th Tony Awards
Harvey Fierstein Hairspray Edna Turnblad
Antonio Banderas Nine Guido Contini
Malcolm Gets Amour Dusoleil
Brian Stokes Mitchell Man of La Mancha Don Quixote / Cervantes
John Selya Movin' Out Eddie
2004
58th Tony Awards
Hugh Jackman The Boy from Oz Peter Allen
Hunter Foster Little Shop of Horrors Seymour
Alfred Molina Fiddler on the Roof Tevye
Euan Morton Taboo George
John Tartaglia Avenue Q Princeton / Rod
2005
59th Tony Awards
Norbert Leo Butz Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Freddy Benson
Hank Azaria Monty Python's Spamalot Various Characters
Gary Beach La Cage aux Folles Albin
Tim Curry Monty Python's Spamalot King Arthur
John Lithgow Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Lawrence Jameson
2006
60th Tony Awards
John Lloyd Young Jersey Boys Frankie Valli
Michael Cerveris Sweeney Todd Sweeney Todd
Harry Connick, Jr. The Pajama Game Sid Sorokin
Stephen Lynch The Wedding Singer Robbie Hart
Bob Martin The Drowsy Chaperone Man in Chair
2007
61st Tony Awards
David Hyde Pierce Curtains Lieutenant Frank Cioffi
Michael Cerveris LoveMusik Kurt Weill
Raúl Esparza Company Robert
Jonathan Groff Spring Awakening Melchior
Gavin Lee Mary Poppins Bert
2008
62nd Tony Awards
Paulo Szot South Pacific Emile de Becque
Daniel Evans Sunday in the Park with George George
Lin-Manuel Miranda In the Heights Usnavi
Stew Passing Strange Narrator
Tom Wopat A Catered Affair Tom Hurley
2009
63rd Tony Awards
David Álvarez, Trent Kowalik, and Kiril Kulish Billy Elliot the Musical Billy Elliot
Gavin Creel Hair Claude
Brian d'Arcy James Shrek the Musical Shrek
Constantine Maroulis Rock of Ages Drew
J. Robert Spencer Next to Normal Dan

2010s[edit]

Year Actor Musical Character
2010
64th Tony Awards
Douglas Hodge La Cage aux Folles Albin
Kelsey Grammer La Cage aux Folles Georges
Sean Hayes Promises, Promises Chuck Baxter
Chad Kimball Memphis Huey Calhoun
Sahr Ngaujah Fela! Fela Kuti
2011
65th Tony Awards
Norbert Leo Butz Catch Me If You Can Carl Hanratty
Josh Gad The Book of Mormon Elder Cunningham
Joshua Henry The Scottsboro Boys Haywood Patterson
Andrew Rannells The Book of Mormon Elder Price
Tony Sheldon Priscilla, Queen of the Desert Bernadette
2012
66th Tony Awards
Steve Kazee Once Guy
Danny Burstein Follies Buddy Plummer
Jeremy Jordan Newsies Jack Kelly
Norm Lewis Porgy and Bess Porgy
Ron Raines Follies Ben Stone
2013
67th Tony Awards
Billy Porter Kinky Boots Lola
Bertie Carvel Matilda the Musical Miss Trunchbull
Santino Fontana Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella Prince Topher
Rob McClure Chaplin Charlie Chaplin
Stark Sands Kinky Boots Charlie Price
2014
68th Tony Awards
Neil Patrick Harris Hedwig and the Angry Inch Hedwig
Ramin Karimloo Les Misérables Jean Valjean
Andy Karl Rocky the Musical Rocky Balboa
Jefferson Mays A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder The D'Ysquith Family
Bryce Pinkham A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder Monty Navarro

Award records[edit]

Winners[edit]

2 wins

Nominees[edit]

Facts[edit]

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