A List of eligible contenders for Featured Actor in a Play from the 2014-2015 Broadway season. Updates will occur after Tony committee eligibility rulings (and any additional productions or casting). Best guesswork based on billing/roles will be used until then.
F. Murray Abraham, It’s Only a Play
Jerry Adler, Fish in the Dark
Danny Ashok, Disgraced
Bob Balaban, A Delicate Balance
Ian Barford, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Jason Biggs, The Heidi Chronicles
Matthew Broderick, It’s Only a Play
Rupert Grint, It’s Only a Play
Josh Hamilton, The Real Thing
Anthony Heald, The Elephant Man
Byron Jennings, You Can’t Take it With You
James Earl Jones, You Can’t Take it With You
Fran Kranz, You Can’t Take it With You
Marc Kudisch, Hand to God
Eric Lange, The Country House
Alessandro Nivola, The Elephant Man
Michael Oberholtzer, Hand to God
Jonny Orsini, Fish in the Dark
Bryce Pinkham, The Heidi Chronicles
Josh Radnor, Disgraced
Reg Rogers, You Can’t Take it With You
Micah Stock, It’s Only a Play
Daniel Sunjata, The Country House
Just a guess but I think Earl Jones, Broderick, and Grint are safe bets.
Broderick got panned pretty badly by almost every critic (I dont think David Cote has ever ripped someone to shreds so thoroughly, it was pretty harsh). Itd be pretty hard for him to get in. The only ones I see as competitive from ITs Only a Play are Nathan Lane and Micah Stock.
For featured Id say James Earl Jones, Bob Balaban, Micah Stock, Bryce Pinkham, and Jonny Orsini. But there’s a ton of things to come so that prediction will probably change. Wolf Hall and Airline Highway have large ensembles and premiere in the spring, so Im sure they will each have at least one player competitve in the featured race. We just dont know the cast, or much about their structure yet.