Meet the 2016 Tony Awards Nominees: Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical
What's a musical without some show-stopping numbers sung by some incredible supporting characters! Funny, heart-warming, and charming, this season's nominees gave us some of the most memorable moments on Broadway. All originating their Tony-nominated roles, these guys truly left their mark!
Today's Spotlight: Best Performance by an
Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical
Meet Daveed Diggs
Hamilton (Marquis de Lafayette & Thomas Jefferson)
Hometown: Oakland, California Training: Berkeley High School & Brown University Big Break: Although he studied theatre in college and acted in experimental plays and Shakespeare productions on the West Coast, his focus has been on building his hip-hop and rap career in California. He has released several albums and met Lin-Manuel Miranda when he joined the sketch troupe Freestyle Love Supreme. His star turn in Hamilton is his Broadway debut! Fun Fact: Originally recruited at Brown for track, he broke the college's record in the 110 meter hurdles as a sophomore. He is also the reigning rap champion on Broadway and his work is considered the fastest rap in Broadway history.
Meet Brandon Victor Dixon
Shuffle Along (Eubie Blake)
Hometown: Gaithersburg, Maryland Training: A Presidential Scholar Semi-finalist and scholarship winner to British American Drama Academy, Brandon is a graduate of Columbia University and a recipient of the University's I.A.L Diamond Award for Achievement in the Arts, an honor he shares with Tony Kushner (Angels in America), Jeanine Tesori (Fun Home), and Katori Hall (Mountaintop).
Big Break: Brandon made a splash on the Broadway scene when he originated the role of Harpo in The Color Purple (2005), earning his first Tony Award Nomination. He went on to originate the role of Haywood Patterson in The Scottsboro Boys (2010) and Berry Gordy in Motown: The Musical (2013).
Fun Fact: He is also Producer and Co-Founder of Walk Run Fly Productions (created with friend Warren Adams), which brought us Hedwig with Neil Patrick Harris and Of Mice and Men with James Franco & Chris O'Dowd. Also, though he went on to play Colin in Rent, he auditioned 6 times. Talk about determination!