Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical

The Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical is awarded to the actor who was voted as the best actor in a musical play, whether a new production or a revival. The award has been given since 1948, but the nominees who did not win have only been publicly announced since 1956.

Tony Award for
Best Actor in a Musical
Myles-Frost (cropped).jpg
2022 recipient: Myles Frost for MJ
Awarded forBest Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical
LocationNew York City
Presented byAmerican Theatre Wing The Broadway League
Currently held byMyles Frost for MJ (2022)

Winners and nomineesEdit

  indicates the winner


Year Actor Musical Character
1st Tony Awards
2nd Tony Awards
Paul Hartman Angel in the Wings Various Characters
3rd Tony Awards
Ray Bolger Where's Charley? Charley Wykeham


Year Actor Musical Character
4th Tony Awards
Ezio Pinza South Pacific Emile De Beque
5th Tony Awards
Robert Alda Guys and Dolls Sky Masterson
6th Tony Awards
Phil Silvers Top Banana Jerry Biffle
7th Tony Awards
Thomas Mitchell Hazel Flagg Dr. Downer
8th Tony Awards
Alfred Drake Kismet Hajj
9th Tony Awards
Walter Slezak Fanny Panisse
10th Tony Awards
Ray Walston Damn Yankees Mr. Applegate
Stephen Douglass Damn Yankees Joe Hardy
William Johnson Pipe Dream Doc
11th Tony Awards
Rex Harrison My Fair Lady Henry Higgins
Fernando Lamas Happy Hunting Duke of Granada
Robert Weede The Most Happy Fella Tony
12th Tony Awards
Robert Preston The Music Man Harold Hill
Ricardo Montalbán Jamaica Koli
Eddie Foy Jr. Rumple Rumple
Tony Randall Oh, Captain! Captain Henry St. James
13th Tony Awards
Richard Kiley Redhead Tom Baxter
Larry Blyden Flower Drum Song Sammy Fong


Year Actor Musical Character
14th Tony Awards
Jackie Gleason Take Me Along Sid Davis
Robert Morse Take Me Along Richard Miller
Walter Pidgeon Nat Miller
Andy Griffith Destry Rides Again Destry
Anthony Perkins Greenwillow Gideon Briggs
15th Tony Awards
Richard Burton Camelot Arthur
Phil Silvers Do Re Mi Hubert Cram
Maurice Evans Tenderloin Reverend Brock
16th Tony Awards
Robert Morse How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying J. Pierrepont Finch
Ray Bolger All-American Professor Fodorski
Alfred Drake Kean Edmund Kean
Richard Kiley No Strings David Jordan
17th Tony Awards
Zero Mostel A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum Pseudolus
Sid Caesar Little Me Various Characters
Anthony Newley Stop the World – I Want to Get Off Littlechap
Clive Revill Oliver! Fagin
18th Tony Awards
Bert Lahr Foxy Foxy
Sydney Chaplin Funny Girl Nick Arnstein
Bob Fosse Pal Joey Joey Evans
Steve Lawrence What Makes Sammy Run? Sammy Glick
19th Tony Awards
Zero Mostel Fiddler on the Roof Tevye
Sammy Davis Jr. Golden Boy Joe Wellington
Cyril Ritchard The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd Sir
Tommy Steele Half a Sixpence Arthur Kipps
20th Tony Awards
Richard Kiley Man of La Mancha Don Quixote / Cervantes
Jack Cassidy It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman Max Mencken
John Cullum On a Clear Day You Can See Forever Dr. Mark Bruckner
Harry Secombe Pickwick Pickwick
21st Tony Awards
Robert Preston I Do! I Do! Michael
Alan Alda The Apple Tree Various Characters
Jack Gilford Cabaret Herr Schultz
Norman Wisdom Walking Happy Will Mossop
22nd Tony Awards
Robert Goulet The Happy Time Jacques Bonnard
Robert Hooks Hallelujah, Baby! Clem
Tony Roberts How Now, Dow Jones Charley
David Wayne The Happy Time Grandpere Bonnard
23rd Tony Awards
Jerry Orbach Promises, Promises Chuck Baxter
Herschel Bernardi Zorba Zorba
Jack Cassidy Maggie Flynn The Clown
Joel Grey George M! George M. Cohan


Year Actor Musical Character
24th Tony Awards
Cleavon Little Purlie Purlie
Len Cariou Applause Bill Sampson
Robert Weede Cry for Us All Edward Quinn
25th Tony Awards
Hal Linden The Rothschilds Mayer Rothschild
David Burns Lovely Ladies, Kind Gentlemen Col. Wainwright Purdy III
Larry Kert Company Bobby
Bobby Van No, No, Nanette Billy Early
26th Tony Awards
Phil Silvers A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum Pseudolus
Clifton Davis Two Gentlemen of Verona Valentine
Raul Julia Proteus
Barry Bostwick Grease Danny Zuko
27th Tony Awards
Ben Vereen Pippin The Leading Player
Len Cariou A Little Night Music Frederick Egerman
Robert Morse Sugar Jerry
Brock Peters Lost in the Stars Stephen Kumalo
28th Tony Awards
Christopher Plummer Cyrano Cyrano de Bergerac
Alfred Drake Gigi Honore Lachailles
Joe Morton Raisin Walter Lee Younger
Lewis J. Stadlen Candide Various Characters
29th Tony Awards
John Cullum Shenandoah Charlie Anderson
Joel Grey Goodtime Charley Charley
Raul Julia Where's Charley? Charley Wykeham
Eddie Mekka The Lieutenant Lieutenant
Robert Preston Mack & Mabel Mack Sennett
30th Tony Awards
George Rose My Fair Lady Alfred P. Doolittle
Mako Pacific Overtures Various Characters
Jerry Orbach Chicago Billy Flynn
Ian Richardson My Fair Lady Henry Higgins
31st Tony Awards
Barry Bostwick The Robber Bridegroom Jamie Lockhart
Robert Guillaume Guys and Dolls Nathan Detroit
Raul Julia The Threepenny Opera Macheath
Reid Shelton Annie Oliver Warbucks
32nd Tony Awards
John Cullum On the Twentieth Century Oscar Jaffee
Eddie Bracken Hello, Dolly! Horace Vandergelder
Barry Nelson The Act Dan Conners
Gilbert Price Timbuktu! The Mansa of Mali
33rd Tony Awards
Len Cariou Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Sweeney Todd
Vincent Gardenia Ballroom Alfred Rossi
Joel Grey The Grand Tour S. L. Jacobowsky
Robert Klein They're Playing Our Song Vernon Gersch


Year Actor Musical Character
34th Tony Awards
Jim Dale Barnum P. T. Barnum
Gregory Hines Comin' Uptown Scrooge
Mickey Rooney Sugar Babies Mickey
Giorgio Tozzi The Most Happy Fella Tony
35th Tony Awards
Kevin Kline The Pirates of Penzance The Pirate King
Gregory Hines Sophisticated Ladies Performer
George Rose The Pirates of Penzance Major-General
Martin Vidnovic Brigadoon Tommy Albright
36th Tony Awards
Ben Harney Dreamgirls Curtis Taylor Jr.
Herschel Bernardi Fiddler on the Roof Tevye
Victor Garber Little Me Various Characters
Raul Julia Nine Guido Contini
37th Tony Awards
Tommy Tune My One and Only Captain Billy Buck Chandler
Al Green Your Arms Too Short to Box with God Performer
George Hearn A Doll's Life Various Characters
Michael V. Smartt Porgy and Bess Porgy
38th Tony Awards
George Hearn La Cage aux Folles Albin
Gene Barry La Cage aux Folles Georges
Ron Moody Oliver! Fagin
Mandy Patinkin Sunday in the Park with George Georges Seurat / George
39th Tony Awards
40th Tony Awards
George Rose The Mystery of Edwin Drood Mayor Thomas Sapsea / William Cartwright
Don Correia Singin' in the Rain Don Lockwood
Cleavant Derricks Big Deal Charley
Maurice Hines Uptown... It's Hot! Performer
41st Tony Awards
Robert Lindsay Me and My Girl Bill Snibson
Roderick Cook Oh, Coward! Performer
Terrence Mann Les Misérables Javert
Colm Wilkinson Jean Valjean
42nd Tony Awards
Michael Crawford The Phantom of the Opera The Phantom of the Opera
Scott Bakula Romance/Romance Alfred Von Wilmers / Sam
David Carroll Chess Anatoly Sergievsky
Howard McGillin Anything Goes Billy Crocker
43rd Tony Awards
Jason Alexander Jerome Robbins' Broadway Various Characters
Gabriel Barre Starmites Trinkulus
Brian Lane Green Spacepunk
Robert La Fosse Jerome Robbins' Broadway Various Characters


Year Actor Musical Character
44th Tony Awards
James Naughton City of Angels Stone
David Carroll Grand Hotel Felix Von Gaigern
Gregg Edelman City of Angels Stine
Bob Gunton Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Sweeney Todd
45th Tony Awards
Jonathan Pryce Miss Saigon The Engineer
Keith Carradine The Will Rogers Follies Will Rogers
Paul Hipp Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story Buddy Holly
Topol Fiddler on the Roof Tevye
46th Tony Awards
Gregory Hines Jelly's Last Jam Jelly Roll Morton
Harry Groener Crazy for You Bobby Child
Nathan Lane Guys and Dolls Nathan Detroit
Michael Rupert Falsettos Marvin
47th Tony Awards
Brent Carver Kiss of the Spider Woman Luis Molina
Tim Curry My Favorite Year Alan Swann
Con O'Neill Blood Brothers Mickey
Martin Short The Goodbye Girl Elliot Garfield
48th Tony Awards
Boyd Gaines She Loves Me Georg Nowack
Victor Garber Damn Yankees Mr. Applegate
Terrence Mann Beauty and the Beast The Beast
Jere Shea Passion Giorgio
49th Tony Awards
Matthew Broderick How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying J. Pierrepont Finch
Alan Campbell Sunset Boulevard Joe Gillis
Mark Jacoby Show Boat Gaylord Ravenal
John McMartin Cap'n Andy
50th Tony Awards
Nathan Lane A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum Pseudolus
Savion Glover Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk 'da Beat / Lil' Dahlin'
Adam Pascal Rent Roger Davis
Lou Diamond Phillips The King and I The King of Siam
51st Tony Awards
James Naughton Chicago Billy Flynn
Robert Cuccioli Jekyll & Hyde Dr. Henry Jekyll / Edward Hyde
Jim Dale Candide Dr. Pangloss
Daniel McDonald Steel Pier Bill Kelly
52nd Tony Awards
Alan Cumming Cabaret The Master of Ceremonies
Peter Friedman Ragtime Tateh
Brian Stokes Mitchell Coalhouse Walker Jr.
Douglas Sills The Scarlet Pimpernel Percy Blakeney
53rd Tony Awards
Martin Short Little Me Various Characters
Brent Carver Parade Leo Frank
Adam Cooper Swan Lake The Swan
Tom Wopat Annie Get Your Gun Frank Butler


Year Actor Musical Character
54th Tony Awards
Brian Stokes Mitchell Kiss Me, Kate Fred Graham / Petruchio
Craig Bierko The Music Man Harold Hill
George Hearn Putting It Together The Husband
Mandy Patinkin The Wild Party Burrs
Christopher Walken The Dead Gabriel Conroy
55th Tony Awards
Nathan Lane The Producers Max Bialystock
Matthew Broderick The Producers Leo Bloom
Kevin Chamberlin Seussical Horton the Elephant
Tom Hewitt The Rocky Horror Show Dr. Frank N. Furter
Patrick Wilson The Full Monty Jerry Lukowski
56th Tony Awards
John Lithgow Sweet Smell of Success J.J. Hunsecker
Gavin Creel Thoroughly Modern Millie Jimmy Smith
John McMartin Into the Woods Narrator / Mysterious Man
Patrick Wilson Oklahoma! Curly McLain
John Cullum Urinetown Caldwell B. Cladwell
57th Tony Awards
Harvey Fierstein Hairspray Edna Turnblad
Antonio Banderas Nine Guido Contini
Malcolm Gets Amour Dusoleil
Brian Stokes Mitchell Man of La Mancha Don Quixote / Cervantes
John Selya Movin' Out Eddie
58th Tony Awards
Hugh Jackman The Boy from Oz Peter Allen
Hunter Foster Little Shop of Horrors Seymour
Alfred Molina Fiddler on the Roof Tevye
Euan Morton Taboo George
John Tartaglia Avenue Q Princeton / Rod
59th Tony Awards
Norbert Leo Butz Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Freddy Benson
Hank Azaria Spamalot Various Characters
Gary Beach La Cage aux Folles Albin
Tim Curry Spamalot King Arthur
John Lithgow Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Lawrence Jameson
60th Tony Awards
John Lloyd Young Jersey Boys Frankie Valli
Michael Cerveris Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Sweeney Todd
Harry Connick Jr. The Pajama Game Sid Sorokin
Stephen Lynch The Wedding Singer Robbie Hart
Bob Martin The Drowsy Chaperone Man in Chair
61st Tony Awards
David Hyde Pierce Curtains Lieutenant Frank Cioffi
Michael Cerveris LoveMusik Kurt Weill
Raúl Esparza Company Robert
Jonathan Groff Spring Awakening Melchior Gabor
Gavin Lee Mary Poppins Bert
62nd Tony Awards
Paulo Szot South Pacific Emile de Becque
Daniel Evans Sunday in the Park with George Georges Seurat / George
Lin-Manuel Miranda In the Heights Usnavi
Stew Passing Strange Narrator
Tom Wopat A Catered Affair Tom Hurley
63rd Tony Awards
David Alvarez, Trent Kowalik & Kiril Kulish Billy Elliot the Musical Billy Elliot
Gavin Creel Hair Claude
Brian d'Arcy James Shrek the Musical Shrek
Constantine Maroulis Rock of Ages Drew
J. Robert Spencer Next to Normal Dan Goodman


Year Actor Musical Character
64th Tony Awards
Douglas Hodge La Cage aux Folles Albin
Kelsey Grammer La Cage aux Folles Georges
Sean Hayes Promises, Promises Chuck Baxter
Chad Kimball Memphis Huey Calhoun
Sahr Ngaujah Fela! Fela Kuti
65th Tony Awards
Norbert Leo Butz Catch Me If You Can Carl Hanratty
Josh Gad The Book of Mormon Elder Cunningham
Joshua Henry The Scottsboro Boys Haywood Patterson
Andrew Rannells The Book of Mormon Elder Price
Tony Sheldon Priscilla, Queen of the Desert Bernadette Bassenger
66th Tony Awards
Steve Kazee Once Guy
Danny Burstein Follies Buddy Plummer
Jeremy Jordan Newsies Jack Kelly
Norm Lewis Porgy and Bess Porgy
Ron Raines Follies Ben Stone
67th Tony Awards
Billy Porter Kinky Boots Lola / Simon
Bertie Carvel Matilda the Musical Miss Trunchbull
Santino Fontana Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella Prince Topher
Rob McClure Chaplin Charlie Chaplin
Stark Sands Kinky Boots Charlie Price
68th Tony Awards
Neil Patrick Harris Hedwig and the Angry Inch Hedwig Schmidt
Ramin Karimloo Les Misérables Jean Valjean
Andy Karl Rocky the Musical Rocky Balboa
Jefferson Mays A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder The D'Ysquith Family
Bryce Pinkham Monty Navarro
69th Tony Awards
Michael Cerveris Fun Home Bruce Bechdel
Brian d'Arcy James Something Rotten! Nick Bottom
Robert Fairchild An American in Paris Jerry Mulligan
Ken Watanabe The King and I The King of Siam
Tony Yazbeck On the Town Gabey
70th Tony Awards
Leslie Odom Jr. Hamilton Aaron Burr
Alex Brightman School of Rock Dewey Finn
Danny Burstein Fiddler on the Roof Tevye
Zachary Levi She Loves Me Georg Nowack
Lin-Manuel Miranda Hamilton Alexander Hamilton
71st Tony Awards
Ben Platt Dear Evan Hansen Evan Hansen
Christian Borle Falsettos Marvin
Josh Groban Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 Pierre Bezukhov
Andy Karl Groundhog Day Phil Connors
David Hyde Pierce Hello, Dolly! Horace Vandergelder
72nd Tony Awards
Tony Shalhoub The Band's Visit Tewfiq Zakaria
Harry Hadden-Paton My Fair Lady Henry Higgins
Joshua Henry Carousel Billy Bigelow
Ethan Slater SpongeBob SquarePants SpongeBob SquarePants
73rd Tony Awards
Santino Fontana Tootsie Michael Dorsey / Dorothy Michaels
Brooks Ashmanskas The Prom Barry Glickman
Derrick Baskin Ain’t Too Proud Otis Williams
Alex Brightman Beetlejuice Beetlejuice
Damon Daunno Oklahoma! Curly McLain


Year Actor Musical Character
74th Tony Awards
Aaron Tveit Moulin Rouge! Christian
Ceremony not held
75th Tony Awards
Myles Frost MJ MJ
Billy Crystal Mr. Saturday Night Buddy Young, Jr.
Hugh Jackman The Music Man Harold Hill
Rob McClure Mrs. Doubtfire Daniel Hillard
Jaquel Spivey A Strange Loop Usher
76th Tony Awards
Christian Borle Some Like It Hot Joe/Josephine
J. Harrison Ghee Jerry/Daphne
Josh Groban Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Sweeney Todd
Brian d'Arcy James Into the Woods The Baker
Ben Platt Parade Leo Frank
Colton Ryan New York, New York Jimmy Doyle

Award recordsEdit

Multiple winsEdit

2 WinsEdit

Multiple nominationsEdit

4 NominationsEdit

3 NominationsEdit

2 NominationsEdit

Multiple character winsEdit

3 Wins
2 Wins

Multiple character nominationsEdit

5 Nominations
4 Nominations
3 Nominations
2 Nominations

-*Most of the leading male characters in Little Me are played by the same actor, but the actual roles vary. In the original 1962 Broadway production and the 1998 revival, Sid Caesar and Martin Short (respectively) played Noble Eggleston, Amos Pinchley, Val du Val, Fred Poitrine, Otto Schnitzler, and Prince Cherney. Caesar also played Noble Junior. In the 1981 revival, the lead roles were split among James Coco and Victor Garber with Garber playing Noble Eggleston, Val du Val, Fred Poitrine, and Noble Junior.

Productions with multiple nominationsEdit

Winners are in bold.

Multiple awards and nominationsEdit

Actors who have been nominated multiple times in any acting categories

Awards Nominations Recipient
4 7 Frank Langella
5 Boyd Gaines
3 6 Nathan Lane
5 Mark Rylance
4 Kevin Kline
Zero Mostel
3 Hinton Battle
2 7 Christopher Plummer
6 John Lithgow
Michael Cerveris
5 Christian Borle
George Hearn
George Rose
John Cullum
Robert Morse
4 James Earl Jones
Norbert Leo Butz
Richard Kiley
3 Al Pacino
David Burns
David Wayne
Fredric March
Judd Hirsch
Matthew Broderick
Phil Silvers
Rex Harrison
Robert Preston
Stephen Spinella
Walter Matthau
2 Alan Bates
Brian Dennehy
Bryan Cranston
Harvey Fierstein
Hiram Sherman
James Naughton
Jonathan Pryce
José Ferrer
Russell Nype
Tommy Tune
1 8 Jason Robards
7 Brian Bedford
Danny Burstein
6 Philip Bosco
5 Brían F. O'Byrne
Hume Cronyn
Jim Dale
4 Billy Crudup
Brian Stokes Mitchell
Cyril Ritchard
David Alan Grier
Gregory Hines
Jack Cassidy
Joel Grey
René Auberjonois
Tony Shalhoub
3 Alfred Drake
André De Shields
Barry Bostwick
Courtney B. Vance
David Hyde Pierce
Gary Beach
Gavin Creel
George Grizzard
Jefferson Mays
Jerry Orbach
John Wood
Larry Blyden
Len Cariou
Liev Schreiber
Mandy Patinkin
Michael Rupert
Richard Burton
Robert Sean Leonard
Scott Wise
2 Alfred Lunt
Andrew Garfield
Barnard Hughes
Ben Vereen
Ben Platt
Bert Lahr
Bertie Carvel
Bill Irwin
Brent Carver
Charles Nelson Reilly
Chuck Cooper
Cleavant Derricks
Cliff Gorman
Denzel Washington
Derek Jacobi
Edward Herrmann
Fritz Weaver
George S. Irving
Henry Fonda
Hugh Jackman
Ian McKellen
Jack Albertson
Jeffrey Wright
John Benjamin Hickey
John Glover
Kevin Spacey
Laurence Fishburne
Martin Short
Michael Gough
Michael McGrath
Paul Rogers
Ralph Fiennes
Ray Bolger
Reed Birney
Roger Bart
Roger Rees
Roger Robinson
Ron Holgate
Roy Dotrice
Ruben Santiago-Hudson
Santino Fontana
Simon Russell Beale
Sydney Chaplin
Zakes Mokae
Nominations Recipient
5 George C. Scott
John McMartin
Tom Aldredge
4 Brandon Uranowitz
Brian d'Arcy James
Donald Pleasence
Gregg Edelman
Raúl Esparza
Raul Julia
Victor Garber
3 Alan Alda
Alec McCowen
Alfred Molina
Andy Karl
Ben Gazzara
Brian Murray
Christopher Fitzgerald
Gilbert Price
Harry Groener
Jeff Daniels
Joseph Maher
Joshua Henry
Kevin Chamberlin
Marc Kudisch
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Ralph Richardson
Robin de Jesús
Terrence Mann
Tim Curry
Željko Ivanek
2 Adam Godley
Alan Rickman
Albert Finney
Alex Brightman
Andrew Rannells
Andy Griffith
Anthony Heald
Anthony Perkins
Arian Moayed
Biff McGuire
Bob Gunton
Bobby Cannavale
Brad Oscar
Brandon Victor Dixon
Brooks Ashmanskas
Bruce Adler
Charles Brown
Charles S. Dutton
Christopher Sieber
Christopher Walken
Clive Revill
Conleth Hill
Corey Hawkins
David Carroll
David Morse
David Pittu
David Threlfall
Dick Anthony Williams
Donald Moffat
Edward Petherbridge
Edward Winter
Gabriel Byrne
Gary Sinise
Gavin Lee
Herschel Bernardi
Howard McGillin
Jack Gilford
Jack Lemmon
Jeremy Pope
Joe Mantello
Joel Blum
Josh Groban
John Gielgud
Jonathan Groff
Jude Law
K. Todd Freeman
Keith Carradine
Larry Bryggman
Larry Haines
Lewis J. Stadlen
Liam Neeson
Lin-Manuel Miranda
Maurice Evans
Maurice Hines
Milo O'Shea
Nicol Williamson
Patrick Wilson
Peter Frechette
Rob McClure
Robert Prosky
Robert Weede
Samuel Barnett
Samuel E. Wright
Savion Glover
Sean Hayes
Stark Sands
Stephen McKinley Henderson
Theodore Bikel
Tom Courtenay
Tom Sturridge
Tom Wopat
Tony Roberts
Wilfrid Hyde-White



  1. ^ The category was not given due to an insufficient number of musicals during the season. Winship, Frederick M. (1985-06-03). "'Big River,' 'Biloxi Blues' win Tony Awards". UPI. Retrieved 2016-12-03.

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