- Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical
This is a list of the winners and nominations of
Tony Awardfor the Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical. The award, introduced in 1950, was previously presented as Best Performance by a Featured or Supporting Actress in a Musical until 1976.
Awards and nominations
Juanita Hall– "South Pacific"
Isabel Bigley– " Guys and Dolls"
Helen Gallagher– "Pal Joey"
Sheila Bond– "Wish You Were Here"
Gwen Verdon– "Can-Can"
Carol Haney– " The Pajama Game"
Barbara Cook– " The Music Man"
Susan Johnson– " Oh, Captain!"
Carol Lawrence– " West Side Story"
Jacquelyn McKeever– " Oh, Captain!"
Josephine Premice– "Jamaica"
Pat Stanley– "Goldilocks"
Julienne Marie– " Whoop-Up"
Patricia Neway– " The Sound of Music"
Sandra Church– ""
Pert Kelton– " Greenwillow"
Lauri Petersand the Children (Kathy Dunn, Evanna Lien, Mary Susan Locke, Marilyn Rogers, William Snowden, Joseph Stewart) – " The Sound of Music"
Tammy Grimes– "The Unsinkable Molly Brown"
Nancy Dussault– "Do Re Mi"
Chita Rivera– " Bye Bye Birdie"
Anna Quayle– " Stop the World - I Want to Get Off"
Ruth Kobart– " A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum"
Virginia Martin– " Little Me"
Louise Troy– "Tovarich"
Maria Karnilova– " Fiddler on the Roof"
Luba Lisa– " I Had a Ball"
Carrie Nye– " Half a Sixpence"
Barbara Windsor– " Oh! What a Lovely War"
Beatrice Arthur– " Mame"
Helen Gallagher– " Sweet Charity"
Patricia Marand– " It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman"
Charlotte Rae– "Pickwick"
Peg Murray– "Cabaret"
Leland Palmer– " A Joyful Noise"
Josephine Premice– " A Hand is on the Gate"
Susan Watson– " A Joyful Noise"
Lillian Hayman– " Hallelujah, Baby!"
Geula Gill– " The Grand Music Hall of Israel"
Julie Gregg– "The Happy Time"
Alice Playten– " Henry, Sweet Henry"
Marian Mercer– " Promises, Promises"
Sandy Duncan– "Canterbury Tales"
Lorraine Serabian– "Zorba"
Virginia Vestoff– "1776"
Dee Dee Bridgewater– " The Wiz"
Susan Browning– " Goodtime Charley"
Zan Charisse– ""
Taina Elg– " Where's Charley?"
**Kelly Garrett – "
The Night That Made America Famous"
Donna Theodore– "Shenandoah"
Kelly Bishop– " A Chorus Line"
Priscilla Lopez– " A Chorus Line"
Patti LuPone– "The Robber Bridegroom"
Virginia Seidel– " Very Good Eddie"
Delores Hall– " Your Arms Too Short to Box with God"
Ellen Greene– " The Threepenny Opera"
Millicent Martin– " Side by Side by Sondheim"
Julia McKenzie– " Side by Side by Sondheim"
Nell Carter– " Ain't Misbehavin'"
Imogene Coca– " On the Twentieth Century"
Ann Reinking– " Dancin'"
Charlaine Woodard– " Ain't Misbehavin'"
Carlin Glynn– " The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas"
Joan Ellis– " The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas"
Millicent Martin– "King of Hearts"
Maxine Sullivan– " My Old Friends"
Priscilla Lopez– " A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine"
Debbie Allen– " West Side Story"
Glenn Close– "Barnum"
Josie de Guzman– " West Side Story"
Marilyn Cooper– " Woman of the Year"
Phyllis Hyman– " Sophisticated Ladies"
Wanda Richert– "42nd Street"
Lynne Thigpen– " Tintypes"
Betty Buckley– "Cats"
Christine Andreas– " On Your Toes"
Karla Burns– " Show Boat"
Denny Dillon– " My One and Only"
Lila Kedrova– "Zorba"
Martine Allard– " The Tap Dance Kid"
Liz Callaway– "Baby"
Dana Ivey– " Sunday in the Park with George"
Bebe Neuwirth– " Sweet Charity"
Patti Cohenour– "The Mystery of Edwin Drood"
Jana Schneider– "The Mystery of Edwin Drood"
Elisabeth Welch– " Jerome Kern Goes to Hollywood"
Debbie Shapiro– " Jerome Robbins' Broadway"
Jane Lanier– " Jerome Robbins' Broadway"
Faith Prince– " Jerome Robbins' Broadway"
Julie Wilson– "Legs Diamond"
Tonya Pinkins– " Jelly's Last Jam"
Liz Larsen– " The Most Happy Fella"
**Vivian Reed – "
The High Rollers Social and Pleasure Club"
Barbara Walsh– " Falsettos"
Gretha Boston– " Show Boat"
Brenda Braxton– " Smokey Joe's Cafe"
B.J. Crosby– " Smokey Joe's Cafe"
DeLee Lively– " Smokey Joe's Cafe"
Kristin Chenoweth– " You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown"
Gretha Boston– " It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues"
Valarie Pettiford– " Fosse"
Mary Testa– "On the Town"
Harriet Harris– "Thoroughly Modern Millie"
Andrea Martin– " Oklahoma!"
Judy Kaye– " Mamma Mia!"
Laura Benanti– " Into the Woods"
Spencer Kayden– " Urinetown"
Anika Noni Rose– " Caroline, or Change"
Beth Fowler– " The Boy from Oz"
Isabel Keating– " The Boy from Oz"
Jennifer Westfeldt– " Wonderful Town"
Karen Ziemba– " Never Gonna Dance"
Sara Ramirez– " Monty Python's Spamalot"
Joanna Gleason– " Dirty Rotten Scoundrels"
Celia Keenan-Bolger– " The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee"
Jan Maxwell– "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang"
Kelli O'Hara– " The Light in the Piazza"
*Mary Louise Wilson
*There have been no ties in the history of this category.
*Never in the history of this category has a performer won a Tony Award by portraying a character previously embodied by a former winner. There have been winners emerging from the same musical, however, but never for playing the same role:
** From "Nine": Liliane Montevecchi, as Liliane la Fleur, in 1982, and Jane Krakowski, as Carla, in 2003 (Anita Morris had been nominated in 1982, also for her portrayal of Carla, but she did not win);
*In fact, the Musical "Nine" holds a record of a combined total of six nominations to its female performers in this category, curiously, twice for each role, in 1982 and 2003:
** Liliane Montevecchi (1982) and Chita Rivera (2003), as Liliane la Fleur;
** Karen Akers (1982) and Mary Stuart Masterson (2003), as Louisa Contini;
** Anita Morris (1982) and Jane Krakowski (2003), as Carla.
*The role of Louise, in "Gypsy", holds the record for most nominations in this category, with five:
**1960 – Sandra Church
**1975 – Zan Charisse
**1990 – Crista Moore
**2003 – Tammy Blanchard
**2008 – Laura BenantiOf all these performers, only Laura Benanti won the Tony Award.
*Audra McDonald is, so far, the only performer to achieve the honor of multiple wins in this category, with two. The record of nominations, however, is held by Andrea Martin, with four nominations and one win.
*There has never been a consecutive winner in this category. There have been, though, two consecutive nominations. Louise Troy holds this particular distinction, as she was consecutively nominated in 1963 and 1964.
*Lauri Peters has the distinction of being the sole nominee ever to share a nomination with an ensemble. In 1960, Peters was cited among “the Children”, an assembly of young performers (including two males, in spite of this being a female category), which, alongside her, portrayed the Von Trapp siblings in "The Sound of Music".
*The record for the longest span between nominations for a particular performer is held by Chita Rivera, whose nominations for "Bye Bye, Birdie", in 1961, and "Nine", in 2003, are set apart by 42 years, over four decades.
*The record for the longest span between nominations for a particular role is held by that of Gladys, from "The Pajama Game". Carol Haney's win in 1955 and Megan Lawrence's nomination for the portrayal of the same role, in 2006, are set apart by 51 years, over half a century.
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