With the Tony Awards less than a week away, Broadway fans can’t help but speculate which talented actors will be recognized for their work. This year eight leading actors from plays and musicals received their first Tony nomination, and Broadway.com asked readers which of the group most deserves a Tony Award for their work. The fans have spoken, and they chose two, young up-and-coming stars and a Broadway vet with 20 years of experience. Check out the results below!
1. Laura Osnes – 27%
From reality TV to Tony night, Laura Osnes' career just keeps growing. Osnes started the season off with a bang as beautiful outlaw Bonnie Parker in Frank Wildhorn’s Bonnie & Clyde. Though the musical was short-lived, the star's turn was remembered and honored with her first Tony nomination. On June 10, she goes up against heavy-hitters Audra McDonald, Jan Maxwell, Kelli O’Hara and fellow first-time nominee Cristin Milioti.
2. Jeremy Jordan – 21%
Jeremy Jordan headlined two new musicals this year, Bonnie & Clyde and Newsies, receiving his first Tony nomination for the latter. As head news boy Jack Kelly, Jordan blows the roof off the Nederlander Theatre nightly with his Act 1 closer “Santa Fe.” Will the handsome young star make headlines on June 10?
3. Norm Lewis – 16%
After 20 years on the Main Stem, Broadway’s booming baritone Norm Lewis has finally received a Tony nomination. The versatile actor transforms himself to play the cripple Porgy in the acclaimed revival of Porgy and Bess opposite four-time Tony winner Audra McDonald. On Tony Lewis faces competion from Jordan, Danny Burstein, Ron Raines and Steve Kazee.
Thanks again for voting, and tune in to the Tony Awards on June 10 to see who wins!