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2011
SUNDAY, JUNE 12, 2011
Live at the Beacon Theatre

Rory O'Malley — Nominee for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical

Rory O'Malley

Show:
The Book of Mormon

Role:
Elder McKinley, a closeted Mormon missionary and frustrated musical theater performer determined to “turn it off” (his sexuality, that is).

Bio Brief:
O’Malley’s varied theatrical credits range from playing Richie Cunningham in the Goodspeed Opera House premiere of Happy Days and off-Broadway’s Newsical to a replacement stint in Broadway’s 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

Other Honors for This Role
—Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical

Tony History:
This is O’Malley’s first Tony Award nomination.

Fun Fact:
O’Malley’s Book of Mormon co-star and fellow Tony nominee Josh Gad was his college roommate at Carnegie Mellon, and O’Malley was a groomsman in Gad’s wedding.

Quotable Quote:
“I love how passionate Elder McKinley is about his faith, but he's a perfectionist in a bad way…to the point he denies his true feelings. It’s a common story, unfortunately.” —O’Malley in a Fresh Face interview with Broadway.com, 4/21/11

Other Nominees for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical