Meet the 2017 Tony Awards Nominees: Best Featured Actress in a Musical

Best Featured Actress in a Musical 2017 Tony Award Nominees

It's Tony Awards season! With so many beautiful and powerful performances, I thought it would be fun to learn a little bit more about the nominees in each category and their journey leading up to the big night on June 11th.

1st up: Best Featured Actress in a Musical

Kate Baldwin Best Featured Actress in a Musical

Meet Kate Baldwin

Hello Dolly!

Hometown: Evanston, Illinois

Training: Northwestern University

Big Break: A career filled with both Broadway and regional theatre credits, Kate made her Broadway debut in "The Full Monty" (2000), followed by "Thoroughly Modern Millie" (2002), "Wonderful Town" (2003),"Finian's Rainbow" (2009; Tony nomination), and "Big Fish" (2013).

Fun Fact: Kate has had a life-long love of Bette Midler. At 13, she performed “The Rose” at her middle school talent show. At Northwestern, one of her musical theatre technique class assignments was to choose a song and lip-sing to it. She chose “The Glory of Love.” When she was asked to audition for “Rent,” she went to her go-to diva’s songbook for an audition song and chose “The Song of Bernadette.”

Stephanie J. Block Best Featured Actress in a Musical

Meet Stephanie J. Block


Hometown: Brea, California

Training: Orange County High School of the Arts

Big Break: Although she had a long history of playing great roles in Regional Theatre and she was the original Elphaba in "Wicked" (replaced, of course, by Idina Menzel), her Broadway debut came in 2003 in "The Boy from Oz." Some of her Broadway highlights include "The Pirate Queen" (2007), "9 to 5" (2009), "Anything Goes!" (2011/12; Sutton Foster's replacement), and "The Mystery of Edwin Drood"(2012; 1st Tony Nomination) .

Fun Fact: She met her husband, Sebastian Arcelus, on the 1st National Tour of "Wicked." She played Elphaba; he played Fiyero. You can also see them play a married couple on "Madam Secretary."

Jenn Colella Best Featured Actress in a Musical

Meet Jenn Colella

Come From Away

Hometown: Summerville, South Carolina

Training: Columbia College (Speech and Drama), UC Irvine (MFA Acting)

Big Break: Originally starting her career as a stand-up comic, she made her Broadway debut in "Urban Cowboy" (2003) followed by knockout performances in other new musicals like "High Fidelity" (2006), "Chaplin" (2012), and "If/Then" (2014).

Fun Fact: Jenn has the best pre-show ritual! She is a big hugger and tries to connect/check in/give some love to every cast member. What a sweetheart!

Rachel Bay Jones Best Featured Actress in a Musical

Meet Rachel Bay Jones

Dear Evan Hansen

Hometown: Boca Raton, Florida

Big Break: Making her Broadway debut in "Meet Me in St. Louis" (1989), Rachel took 20 years off before coming back to Broadway in "Hair" (2009), "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown" (2010), and "Pippin" (2013).

Fun Fact: Her parents are both Shakespearean actors.