Meet the 2017 Tony Awards Nominees: Best Featured Actor in a Musical
The Best Featured Actor in Musical category is filled with some brilliant performances of classic, contemporary, and new musical theatre roles. Before the Tony Award winner is announced on June 11th, get to know these remarkable gentleman!
Best Featured Actor in a Musical
Meet Gavin Creel
Hometown: Findlay, Ohio
Training: University of Michigan (BFA Musical Theatre)
Big Break: Four years after graduating from University of Michigan, Gavin landed the star-making role of Jimmy Smith in “Thoroughly Modern Millie” (2002), earning his first Tony Award nomination. He also starred in “Hair” (2009; 2nd Tony nomination), “The Book of Mormon” (2015), and “She Loves Me” (2016).
Fun Fact: He played Melchior in the original workshop production of “Spring Awakening” in 2001 before the role went to Jonathan Groff.
Meet Mike Faist
Dear Evan Hansen
Hometown: Gahanna, Ohio
Training: AMDA (2 semesters)
Big Break: You may recognize Mike from the original Broadway cast of "Newsies" (2012).
Fun Fact: After leaving AMDA, he sold tickets on the street for Off Broadway shows.
Meet Andrew Rannells
Hometown: Omaha, Nebraska
Training: Marymount Manhattan College
Big Break: A series of big Broadway breaks started with "Hairspray" (Link Larkin; 2006), "Jersey Boys" (Bob Guadio; 2009), and his Tony-nominated performance in "Book of Mormon" (Elder Price; 2012). He can be seen on television in "The New Normal" and "Girls". You also might recognize him for playing Hedwig (2014) or King George III (2015).
Fun Fact: He quit acting for 2 years and directed voiceover cartoons; one of his first auditions after his break from auditioning was the open call for “Hairspray” on Broadway.
Meet Lucas Steele
Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
Hometown: Wyalusing, Pennsylvania
Training: University of the Arts (BFA Musical Theatre)
Big Break: Lucas made his Broadway debut in “The Threepenny Opera” (2006). He was cast in the developmental run of “Natasha Pierre” in 2012 and has continued with the production ever since!
Fun Fact: After “Threepenny Opera,” he spent 4 years writing, producing, conceiving, and developing an electro/rock/pop album in Europe.
Meet Brandon Uranowitz
Hometown: West Orange, New Jersey
Training: NYU Tisch
Big Break: Playing Mark on the national tour of “Rent” (2009-2010) and making his Broadway debut in “Baby, It’s You” (2011), his breakout performance in “A American in Paris” (2015) earned him his first Tony nomination.
Fun Fact: With an eye for fashion, after college, he had a part-time job at Barneys. Moral of the story: Be nice to your fitting room attendant. He/she may be a future Tony nominee!
What an incredible group of gentleman! Who is your favorite?
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Tom Morin is a NYC-based acting coach, co-founder of Polish Your Passion, and a professional actor/singer. He holds a B.A. in Theatre & Political Science from the College of the Holy Cross and an M.F.A. in Acting from Ohio University and has been teaching for the past 9 years, advising and coaching students through the college audition process and beyond. He loves coffee, Shakespeare, and YouTube.