The Best Actor in a Musical category is filled with some truly heart-wrenching and heart-warming performances. Before the Tony Award winner is announced on June 11th, get to know these fantastic men!
Best Actor in a Musical
Meet Christian Borle
Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Training: Carnegie Mellon University
Big Break: Making his Broadway debut in 1998 as an understudy in "Footloose," he was featured in "Jesus Christ Superstar" (2000), a replacement Jimmy in "Thoroughly Modern Millie" (2003), and an original cast member of "Spamalot" (2005). His performance as Emmett Forrest in "Legally Blonde" (2005) though really solidified Christian as a Broadway leading man and earned him his first Tony Award nomination. He has gone on to win Tony Awards for his work in "Peter and the Starcatcher" (2012) and "Something Rotten" (2015). You may also recognize him from his work on the TV show "Smash."
Fun Fact: He once had a day job as an elf in Macy's Santland. His elf name was "Swifty the Elf."
Meet Josh Groban
Natasha, Pierre, & the Great Comet of 1812
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Training: Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, Carnegie Mellon University for 4 months
Big Break: An internationally-acclaimed singer, Josh was introduced to Grammy-winning producer and arranger David Foster and future manager Brian Avnet by his voice coach, Seth Riggs, in 1998. He was a rehearsal stand-in for Andrea Bocelli for the 1999 Grammy Awards’ performance of “The Prayer” with Celine Dion; Rosie O’Donnell asked him to appear on her show the following week, which led to an appearance on “Ally McBeal” and a performance of “To Where You Are.” He released his first album “Josh Groban” in 2001 that went double platinum. This is his Broadway debut.
Fun Fact: After a trip to South Africa in 2004 to meet with Nelson Mandela, he created the Josh Groban Foundation to help children in need through education, healthcare, and the arts.
Meet Andy Karl
Hometown: Baltimore, Maryland
Training: Towson University (Voice and Music)
Big Break: After a series of tours with “The Who’s Tommy” and “Cats” (1998), he made his Broadway debut in 2000 as a replacement in “Saturday Night Fever.” He went on to originate roles in “Legally Blonde” (2007) and “9 to 5” (2009) as well as play featured roles in revivals like “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” (2012) and “On the Twentieth Century” (2015; Tony Nomination). His work in “Rocky” (2014; Tony nomination) really solidified his place as a leading man on Broadway.
Fun Fact: He originally planned on becoming a voice teacher. You can join the Polish Your Passion team anytime you want, Andy!
Meet David Hyde Pierce
Hometown: Saratoga Springs, New York
Training: Yale University
Big Break: Making his Broadway debut in "Beyond Therapy" in 1982, his big TV break came in 1992 in the short-lived "The Powers That Be." This show caught the attention of the creators of "Frasier" who wrote Dr. Miles Crane for David. He won 4 Emmy Awards for his work and was nominated for the award for 11 consecutive seasons. He made his return to Broadway in "Spamalot" (2005), won the Tony Award for "Curtains" (2007), and was nominated again for "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" (2013).
Fun Fact: He ALMOST said no to doing "Hello Dolly!" His agent reminded him that Bette Midler was doing it and the rest is history.
Meet Ben Platt
Dear Evan Hansen
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Training: Columbia University
Big Break: A musical theatre kid all of his life, at age 9, he appeared in “The Music Man” opposite Kristin Chenoweth. His star turn in the film “Pitch Perfect” (2012) made him a household name. He made his Broadway debut in “Book of Mormon” (2014).
Fun Fact: Fellow Tony nominee, Gavin Creel, was his musical theatre idol growing up. He’s also a super huge fan of SoulCycle.
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.