Bryan Cranston & Sophie Okonedo win Tony Awards for Broadway debuts

Bryan Cranston and Sophie Okonedo won Tony Awards for their Broadway debut. These victories put them in a freshman club that now has 87 members. 

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Cranston, who won for his portrayal of Lyndon Johnson in “All the Way” is the fourteenth Best Actor (Play) champ to take home the trophy for his first-time on Broadway. He joins:

Paul Scofield for “A Man for All Seasons” (1962);
Cliff Gorman for “Lenny” (1972);
John Kani and Winston Ntshona (joint nomination) for “Sizwe Banzi is Dead/The Island” (1975);
Tom Conti for “Whose Life is it Anyway?” (1979);
Harvey Fierstein for “Torch Song Trilogy” (1983);
Jeremy Irons for “The Real Thing” (1984);
Ralph Fiennes for “Hamlet” (1995);
Stephen Dillane for “The Real Thing” (2000);
Jefferson Mays for “I Am My Own Wife” (2004);
Richard Griffiths for “The History Boys” (2006);
Mark Rylance for “Boeing Boeing” (2008);
Geoffrey Rush for “Exit the King” (2009); and
Tracy Letts for “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” (2013).

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Okonedo, who prevailed for the part of Ruth Younger in “A Raisin in the Sun,” is the tenth Featured Actress (Play) winner to claim this prize for their first time on Broadway. She joins:

Patricia Neal for “Another Part of the Forest” (1947);
Patricia Jessel for “Witness for the Prosecution” (1955);
Anne Bancroft for “Two for the Seesaw” (1958);
Zena Walker for “A Day in the Death of Joe Egg” (1968);
Jane Alexander for “The Great White Hope” (1969);
Dinah Manoff for “I Ought to be in Pictures” (1980);
Brid Brennan for “Dancing at Lughnasa” (1992);
Scarlett Johansson for “A View From the Bridge” (2010); and
Ellen Barkin for “The Normal Heart” (2011).

Below, the freshman champs in the other six acting categories.

Best Actress (Play): 10 winners
Martita Hunt, “The Madwoman of Chaillot” (1949);
Beryl Reid, “The Killing of Sister George” (1967);
Phyllis Frelich, “Children of a Lesser God” (1980);
Jane Lapotaire, “Piaf” (1981);
Joan Allen, “Burn This” (1988);
Pauline Collins, “Shirley Valentine” (1989);
Janet McTeer, “A Doll’s House” (1997);
Marie Mullen, “The Beauty Queen of Leeane” (1998);
Jennifer Ehle, “The Real Thing” (2000); and
Deanna Dunagan, “August: Osage County” (2008).

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Best Actor (Musical): 10 winners
Ezio Pinza, “South Pacific” (1950);
Robert Alda, “Guys and Dolls” (1951);
Robert Lindsay, “Me and My Girl” (1987);
Brent Carver, “Kiss of the Spider Woman” (1993);
Alan Cumming, “Cabaret” (1998);
Hugh Jackman, “The Boy From Oz” (2004);
John Lloyd Young, “Jersey Boys” (2006);
Paulo Szot, “South Pacific” (2008);
David Álvarez, Trent Kowalik and Kiril Kulish (joint nomination), “Billy Elliot” (2009); and 
Douglas Hodge, “La Cage aux Folles” (2010).
 

Best Actress (Musical): 7 winners
Elizabeth Seal, “Irma La Douce” (1961);
Anna Maria Alberghetti, “Carnival” (1962);
Liza Minnelli, “Flora the Red Menace” (1965);
Leslie Uggams, “Hallelujah, Baby” (1968″);
Alexis Smith, “Follies” (1972);
Natalia Makarova, “On Your Toes” (1983); and 
Catherine Zeta-Jones, “A Little Night Music” (2010).
 

Best Featured Actor (Play): 18 winners
Patrick Magee, “Marat/Sade” (1966);
Ian Holm, “The Homecoming” (1967);
Al Pacino, “Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie?” (1969);
John Lithgow, “The Changing Room” (1973);
Jonathan Pryce, “Comedians” (1977);
Brian Backer, “The Floating Light Bulb” (1981);
Matthew Broderick, “Brighton Beach Memoirs” (1983);
Barry Miller, “Biloxi Blues” (1985);
John Mahoney, “The House of Blue Leaves” (1986);
B.D. Wong, “M. Butterfly” (1988);
Boyd Gaines, “The Heidi Chronicles” (1989);
Laurence Fishburne, “Two Trains Running” (1992);
Stephen Spinella, “Angels in America: Millennium Approaches” (1993);
Owen Teale, “A Doll’s House” (1997);
Tom Murphy, “The Beauty Queen of Leeane” (1998);
Frank Wood, “Side Man” (1999);
Ian McDiarmid, “Faith Healer” (2006); and
Eddie Redmayne, “Red” (2010).

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Best Featured Actor (Musical): 7 winners
Harry Belafonte, “John Murray Anderson’s Almanac” (1954);
Sydney Chaplin, “Bells are Ringing” (1957);
Frankie Michaels, “Mame” (1966);
Wilson Jermaine Heredia, “Rent” (1996);
Dan Fogler, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” (2005);
Levi Kreis, “Million Dollar Quartet” (2010); and 
John Larroquette, “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” (2011).
 

Best Featured Actress (Musical): 11 winners
Isabel Bigley, “Guys and Dolls” (1951);
Carol Haney, “The Pajama Game” (1955);
Anna Quayle, Stop the World – I Want to Get Off” (1963);
Tessie O’Shea, “The Girl Who Came to Supper” (1964);
Dee Dee Bridgewater, “The Wiz” (1975);
Carlin Glynn, “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” (1979);
Lila Kedrova, “Zorba” (1984);
Leilani Jones, “Grind” (1985);
Frances Ruffelle, “Les Misérables” (1987);
Andrea Martin, “My Favorite Year” (1993); and
Gretha Boston, “Show Boat” (1995).

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