You decide: Will Matthew Broderick win second Best Musical Actor Tony?

The race for Best Musical Actor pits two-time Tony champ Matthew Broderick (“Nice Work If You Can Get It”) against four-time nominee Raul Esparza (“Leap of Faith”).

Broderick won this race in 1995 for the first rialto revival of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” and contended in 2001 for “The Producers,” losing to his co-star Nathan Lane. Broderick also won the featured actor prize for the play “Brighton Beach Memoirs” in 1983.

Esparza is one of only two Broadway performers to have contended in all four acting races. Unlike the other, Boyd Gaines, who has won three of his four bids, Esparza has yet to take home a Tony. In 2004, he lost Featured Musical Actor for “Taboo” to Michael Cerveris (“Assassins”); in 2007 he lost Musical Actor for “Company” to David Hyde-Pierce (“Curtains”); in 2008, he lost Featured Play Actor for “The Homecoming” to Jim Norton (“The Seafarer”); and, in 2009, he lost Play Actor for “Speed-the-Plow” to Geoffrey Rush (“Exit the King”).  

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Other former nominees looking for their first win are Danny Burstein (“Follies”) and Harry Connick, Jr. (“On a Clear Day You Can See Forever”).

The rookies in the field are Reeve Carney (“Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark”), Richard Fleeshman (“Ghost: The Musical”), Jeremy Jordan (“Bonnie and Clyde” or “Newsies”), Steve Kazee (“Once”), Norm Lewis (“The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess”), Paul Nolan (“Jesus Christ Superstar”), Hunter Parrish (“Godspell”), Ron Raines (“Follies”) and Josh Segarra (“Lysistrata Jones”).

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