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

 

The Best Featured Actress in a Play category is filled with some of the funniest and most heartbreaking performances on Broadway. Before the Tony Award winner is announced on June 11th, get to know these phenomenal ladies!

 

 Best Featured Actress in a Play

Meet Johanna Day

Sweat

 

Hometown: Winchester, Virginia

 

Training: American Academy of Dramatic Arts

 

Big Break: A celebrated actress with a long regional career, she made her Broadway debut and earned her first Tony Award nomination for her work in “Proof” (2000). She also played Barbara Fordham in "August: Osage County" on Broadway (2007).

 

Fun Fact: She only had 2 weeks to prepare to step in for Amy Morton in “August: Osage County.” She also has been in 3 Pulitzer-winning plays: "How I Learned To Drive," "Proof," and "Sweat."

 

Meet Jayne Houdyshell

A Doll's House, Part 2

 

Hometown: Topeka, Kansas

 

Training: Academy of Dramatic Art at Oakland University 

 

Big Break: Appearing in over 200 plays at some of the finest regional theatres throughout the country (including Yale Rep, Steppenwolf, American Conservatory Theatre, and McCarter Theatre), she is best known for playing Deirdre Blake in “The Humans,” winning the 2016 Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role. She has appeared on Broadway in “Wicked” (2003), “Well” (1st Tony nomination; 2006), "Bye Bye Birdie” (2009), "The Importance of Being Earnest" (2011), “Follies" (2nd Tony nomination, 2011), and “Romeo and Juliet” (2013).

 

Fun Fact: Her greatest fear is public speaking!

Meet Cynthia Nixon

The Little Foxes 

 

Hometown: NYC

 

Training: Barnard College

 

Big Break: Before she became an international star playing Miranda on "Sex and the City," Cynthia was already a star on the Broadway stage. Making her Broadway debut as a teenager in "The Philadelphia Story" (1980), in 1984, she very famously was in "The Real Thing" and "Hurlyburly" at the exact same time! She won her 1st Tony Award for her work on "Rabbit Hole" (2006) and earned another nomination for her work in "Wit" (2012). 

 

Fun Fact: When they were child actors, both Sarah Jessica Parker and Cynthia were always up for the same exact roles! Also, Cynthia turned down major Broadway projects that ended up going to her "The Little Foxes" co-star, Laura Linney.

Meet Condola Rashad

A Doll's House, Part 2

 

Hometown: NYC

 

Training: CalArts

 

Big Break: Within just a few months of graduating from CalArts, Condola made her Broadway debut in "Stick Fly" (2009; 1st Tony Award nomination). Her 2nd Tony Award nomination came from her work in the revival of "The Trip to Bountiful" (2013). She also played Juliet opposite Orlando Bloom in "Romeo and Juliet" (2013). You also might recognize her from the show "Billions."

 

Fun Fact: Also a singer, (btw she was accepted Carnegie Mellon's BFA Musical Theatre program too), she carries a notebook around with her at all times, in case she has lyric inspiration. She also has an extensive collection of nail polish.

Meet Michelle Wilson

Sweat

 

Hometown: Detroit, Michigan

 

Training: University of Michigan

 

Big Break: An actress with a long regional career, Michelle made her Broadway debut as an understudy in "A Raisin in the Sun" (2014). 

 

Fun Fact: Her daughter goes to Smith College on a neuroscience scholarship!

 

What an incredible group of ladies! Who is your favorite?

Let me know in the comments below! 

 

Check back on Monday to

Meet the 2017 Tony Award Nominees:

Best Featured Actor in a Play

 

 

 

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.

 

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