16 Tony-Winning Broadway Acting Debuts of the 2010s

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From Cynthia Erivo to Bryan Cranston, check out the performers who added Tony Awards to their mantle with their first performances on the Main Stem.

In the past decade, 16 performers have won a Tony Award for their debut work on stage in a Broadway musical or play.

From Catherine Zeta-Jones in A Little Night Music and Cynthia Erivo in The Color Purple to Eddie Redmayne in Red and Daveed Diggs in Hamilton, take a look at the performers who earned Tony Awards for their Broadway debut performances.

16 Tony-Winning Debuts of the Last Decade

16 Tony-Winning Debuts of the Last Decade

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2010 was a big year for Broadway debut performers with a total of five Tonys handed out to first-timers. Douglas Hodge won Best Actor in a Musical for his performance as the triumphant drag queen Albin in La Cage Aux Folles. Joseph Marzullo/WENN

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Also in 2010, Scarlett Johansson won Best Featured Actress in a Play for her portrayal of Catherine, torn between love and family, in Arthur Miller’s A View From the Bridge. Johansson would tackle another American theatre stalwart in 2013 as Margaret in Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Joseph Marzullo/WENN

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Scarlett Johansson and Liev Schreiber in A View From the Bridge

Levi Kreis
That same year, Levi Kreis portrayed Jerry Lee Lewis in Million Dollar Quartet, earning the Tony for Best Featured Actor in a Musical.

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Eddie Redmayne made a splash on Broadway in 2010, winning Best Featured Actor in a Play as Ken, Mark Rothko’s fictional assistant, in Red. The thespian’s star burned bright following a win here—he went on to appear in the film adaptation of Les Misérables and won the Oscar for Best Actor in 2014 for The Theory of Everything. Joseph Marzullo/WENN

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Catherine Zeta-Jones
Catherine Zeta-Jones won Best Actress in a Musical for portraying Desiree Armfeldt in Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music. While the star hasn’t been seen on Broadway since, she appeared in the film adaptation of Rock of Ages and played Olivia de Havilland in Ryan Murphy’s Feud: Bette and Joan. Joseph Marzullo/WENN

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As previously announced, the Broadway League and American Theatre Wing have secured a date for the 74th annual Tony Awards. The ceremony will take place September 26 in a four-hour celebration spread across two separate televised events.As Broadway remains dark due to the coronavirus pandemic, the ceremony returns to celebrate an abbreviated theatrical season.

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