Tony Awards: No Broadway newcomers number among acting winners

For the first time in five years, none of the acting winners at this year’s Tony Awards did so for their Broadway debut. This is the 20th time that this happened over the 71-year history of these top theater honors. Danny DeVito had been favored to win for his first outing on Broadway in  “The Price” but was bested in the Featured Actor in a Play category by Michael Aronov for “Oslo.”

The previous instances of acting debuts being shut out at the Tonys were in: 1948, 1952, 1953, 1956, 1959, 1960, 1970, 1971, 1974, 1976, 1978, 1982, 1990, 1991, 1994, 2001-2003 and 2012.

Below, you can see the names of all 95 people who have won Tonys for their debut on the Great White Way.

BEST ACTOR IN A PLAY: 16 winners

Paul Scofield, “A Man for All Seasons” (1962)
Cliff Gorman, “Lenny” (1972)
John Kani and Winston Ntshona (joint nomination), “Sizwe Banzi is Dead/The Island” (1975)
Tom Conti, “Whose Life is it Anyway?” (1979)
Harvey Fierstein, “Torch Song Trilogy” (1983)
Jeremy Irons, “The Real Thing” (1984)
Ralph Fiennes, “Hamlet” (1995)
Stephen Dillane, “The Real Thing” (2000)
Jefferson Mays, “I Am My Own Wife” (2004)
Richard Griffiths, “The History Boys” (2006)
Mark Rylance, “Boeing Boeing” (2008)
Geoffrey Rush, “Exit the King” (2009)
Tracy Letts, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? ” (2013)
Bryan Cranston, “All the Way” (2014)
Alex Sharp, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” (2015)

BEST ACTRESS IN  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)
Deanna Dunagan, “August: Osage County” (2008)

BEST ACTOR IN A MUSICAL: 12 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)
Douglas Hodge, “La Cage aux Folles” (2010)

BEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL8 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)
Catherine Zeta-Jones, “A Little Night Music” (2010)
Cynthia Erivo, “The Color Purple” (2016)

BEST FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY: 19 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)
Eddie Redmayne, “Red” (2010)
Richard McCabe, “The Audience” (2015)

BEST FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY: 10 winners

Patricia Neal, “Another Part of the Forest” (1947)
Patricia Jessel, “Witness for the Prosecution” (1955)
Anne Bancroft, “Two for the Seesaw” (1958)
Zena Walker, “A Day in the Death of Joe Egg” (1968)
Jane Alexander, “The Great White Hope” (1969)
Dinah Manoff, “I Ought to be in Pictures” (1980)
Brid Brennan, “Dancing at Lughnasa” (1992)
Scarlett Johansson, “A View From the Bridge” (2010)
Ellen Barkin, “The Normal Heart” (2011)
Sophie Okenedo, “A Raisin in the Sun” (2014)

BEST FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL8 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)
John Larroquette, “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” (2011)
Daveed Diggs, “Hamilton” (2016)

BEST FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL: 12 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)
Gretha Boston, “Show Boat” (1995)
Ruthie Ann Miles, “The King and I” (2015)

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