Meet the 2016 Tony Awards Nominees: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical

This seasoned group of gentlemen have some serious star power! They know how to make us laugh, blow us away with impressive vocals, and break our hearts with their heartfelt, touching performances. No matter who wins the ultimate prize, I'm sure we'll continue to see them tackle challenging roles for years to come!

Today's Spotlight: Best Performance by an

Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical

Meet Alex Brightman

School of Rock (Dewey Finn)

Hometown: Saratoga, California

Training: N.Y.U. (for 2 years)

Big Break: In 2008, he was an understudy in Glory Days, which only played 1 performance on Broadway before closing. He went on to play Boq in Wicked (2008-2010), Zacky Price/understudy for Will Bloom in Big Fish (2013), and Michael Wormwood in Matilda (2014-2015). This is his first Tony Award nomination.

Fun Fact: He has an awesome pre-show ritual! He listens to stand-up comedy on Pandora before the show. He also is a huge foodie and created a YouTube Series with his girlfriend called "An Actor Prepares...," which is a cooking web series with a bit of cooking, a bit of acting advice, and a lot of comedy. It's wonderfully silly.

Meet Danny Burstein

Fiddler on the Roof (Tevye)

Hometown: Queens, NY

Training: Queens College (BA), University of California, San Diego (MFA in Acting)

Big Break: A master of creating versatile characters that we fall in love with, Danny has appeared on Broadway 16 times in both play and musicals. Making his Broadway debut in 1992 in A Little Hotel on the Side, he has 6 Tony Award nominations for his work in The Drowsy Chaperone (2006), South Pacific (2008), Follies (2012), Golden Boy (2013), Cabaret (2014), and now Fiddler on the Roof. You may recognize him from his TV/Film work for Law & Order, Boardwalk Empire, Transamerica, The Family Fang and the upcoming Indignation.

Fun Fact: As a college Freshman, Danny was cast as Franklin Shepard in Merrily We Roll Along. He had some questions about the role and a friend of his knew Stephen Sondheim's address. He sent Sondheim a letter and was asked to come to tea and they chatted for 3 hours. Talk about chutzpah! He passed James Lapine on his way into Sondheim's apartment who was working with him on Sunday in the Park with George at the time.