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Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical

Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical
Awarded for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
Location United States New York City
Presented by American Theatre Wing The Broadway League
Currently held by Andrea Martin for Pippin
Official website

The Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical has been presented since 1950. The award was not given at the first three Tony Award ceremonies. Nominees were not announced until 1956.

Winners and Nominees


Year Actress Musical Character
1st Tony Awards
2nd Tony Awards
3rd Tony Awards


Year Actress Musical Character
4th Tony Awards
Juanita Hall South Pacific Bloody Mary
5th Tony Awards
Isabel Bigley Guys and Dolls Sarah Brown
6th Tony Awards
Helen Gallagher Pal Joey Gladys Bumps
7th Tony Awards
Sheila Bond Wish You Were Here Fay Fromkin
8th Tony Awards
Gwen Verdon Can Can Claudine
9th Tony Awards
Carol Haney The Pajama Game Gladys Hotchkiss
10th Tony Awards
Lotte Lenya The Threepenny Opera Jenny
Judy Tyler Pipe Dream Suzy
Pat Carroll Catch a Star Various Characters
Rae Allen Damn Yankees Gloria Thorpe
11th Tony Awards
Edie Adams Lil' Abner Daisy Mae
Irra Petina Candide The Old Lady
Jo Sullivan The Most Happy Fella Rosabella
Virginia Gibson Happy Hunting Beth Livingstone
12th Tony Awards
Barbara Cook The Music Man Marian Paroo
Carol Lawrence West Side Story Maria
Josephine Premice Jamaica Ginger
Jackie McKeever Oh Captain Mrs.Maud St.James
Susan Johnson Oh Captain Mae
13th Tony Awards
Pat Stanley Goldilocks Lois Lee
Julienne Marie Whoop Up Mary Champlain


Year Actress Musical Character
14th Tony Awards
Patricia Neway The Sound of Music Mother Abbess
Lauri Peters (and the other von Trapp children) The Sound of Music Liesl von Trapp
Pert Kelton Greenwillow Gramma Briggs
Sandra Church Gypsy Louise
15th Tony Awards
Tammy Grimes The Unsinkable Molly Brown Molly Tobin
Chita Rivera Bye Bye Birdie Rosie Alvarez
Nancy Dussault Do Re Mi Tilda Mullen
16th Tony Awards
Phyllis Newman Subways Are For Sleeping Martha Vail
Barbara Harris From the Second City Various Characters
Barbra Streisand I Can Get It for You Wholesale Miss Marmelstein
Elizabeth Allen The Gay Life Magda
17th Tony Awards
Anna Quayle Stop the World – I Want to Get Off Evie/Anya/Ilse/Ginnie
Louise Troy Tovarich Natalia Mayovskaya
Ruth Kobart A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum Domina
Virginia Martin Little Me Young Belle Poitrine
18th Tony Awards
Tessie O'Shea The Girl Who Came to Supper Ada Cockle
Julienne Marie Foxy Celia
Kay Medford Funny Girl Rose Brice
Louise Troy High Spirits Ruth Condomine
19th Tony Awards
Maria Karnilova Fiddler on the Roof Golde
Barbara Windsor Oh, What a Lovely War! Various Characters
Carrie Nye Half a Sixpence Helen Walsingham
Luba Lisa I Had a Ball Addie
20th Tony Awards
Bea Arthur Mame Vera Charles
Charlotte Rae Pickwick Mrs. Bardell
Helen Gallagher Sweet Charity Nickie
Patricia Marand It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman! Lois Lane
21st Tony Awards
Peg Murray Cabaret Fraulein Kost
Josephine Premice A Hand Is on the Gate Various Characters
Leland Palmer A Joyful Noise Miss Jimmie
Susan Watson A Joyful Noise Jenny Lee
22nd Tony Awards
Lillian Hayman Hallelujah, Baby! Momma
Alice Playten Henry, Sweet Henry Lillian 'Lili' Kafritz
Geula Gill The Grand Music Hall of Israel Various Characters
Julie Gregg The Happy Time Laurie Mannon
23rd Tony Awards
Marian Mercer Promises, Promises Marge MacDougall
Lorraine Serabian Zorba the Greek Leader
Sandy Duncan Canterbury Tales Molly/Allison/May/The Sweetheart
Virginia Vestoff 1776 Abigail Adams


Year Actress Musical Character
24th Tony Awards
Melba Moore Purlie Lutiebell Gussie Mae Jenkins
Bonnie Franklin Applause Bonnie the Gypsy
Penny Fuller Applause Eve Harrington
Melissa Hart Georgy Meredith
25th Tony Awards
Patsy Kelly No, No, Nanette Pauline
Barbara Barrie Company Sarah
Pamela Myers Company Marta
26th Tony Awards
Linda Hopkins Inner City Various Characters
Adrienne Barbeau Grease Betty Rizzo
Beatrice Winde Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death Various Characters
Bernadette Peters On the Town Hildy Esterhazy
27th Tony Awards
Patricia Elliott A Little Night Music Charlotte Malcolm
Hermione Gingold A Little Night Music Madame Armfeldt
Irene Ryan Pippin Berthe
Patsy Kelly Irene Mrs. O'Dare
28th Tony Awards
Janie Sell Over Here Mitzi
Ernestine Jackson Raisin Ruth Younger
Maureen Brennan Candide Cunégonde
June Gable Candide The Old Lady
Leigh Beery Cyrano Roxana
29th Tony Awards
Dee Dee Bridgewater The Wiz Glinda
Donna Theodore Shenandoah Ann Anderson
Kelly Garrett The Night That Made America Famous Various Characters
Susan Browning Goodtime Charley Agnès Sorel
Taina Elg Where's Charley? Donna Lucia D'Alvadorez
Zan Charisse Gypsy Louise
30th Tony Awards
Kelly Bishop A Chorus Line Sheila Bryant
Priscilla Lopez A Chorus Line Diana Morales
Patti LuPone The Robber Bridegroom Rosamund Musgrove
Virginia Seidel Very Good Eddie Elsie Darling
31st Tony Awards
Delores Hall Your Arms Too Short to Box with God Various Characters
Ellen Greene The Threepenny Opera Jenny
Julia McKenzie Side by Side by Sondheim Various Characters
Millicent Martin Side by Side by Sondheim Various Characters
32nd Tony Awards
Nell Carter Ain't Misbehavin' Nell
Charlayne Woodard Ain't Misbehavin' Charlayne
Ann Reinking Dancin' Various Characters
Imogene Coca On the Twentieth Century Letitia Primrose
33rd Tony Awards
Carlin Glynn The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas Mona Stangley
Joan Ellis The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas Shy
Maxine Sullivan My Old Friends Mrs. Cooper
Millicent Martin King of Hearts Madame Madeleine


Year Actress Musical Character
34th Tony Awards
Priscilla Lopez A Day in Hollywood / A Night in the Ukraine Gino/Usherette
Debbie Allen West Side Story Anita
Glenn Close Barnum Charity 'Chairy' Barnum
Josie de Guzman West Side Story Maria
35th Tony Awards
Marilyn Cooper Woman of the Year Jan Donovan
Phyllis Hyman Sophisticated Ladies Various Characters
Wanda Richert 42nd Street Peggy Sawyer
Lynne Thigpen Tintypes Sussanah
36th Tony Awards
Liliane Montevecchi Nine Liliane La Fleur
Karen Akers Nine Luisa Contini
Laurie Beechman Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat The Narrator
Anita Morris Nine Carla Albanese
37th Tony Awards
Betty Buckley Cats Grizabella
Christine Andreas On Your Toes Frankie Frayne
Karla Burns Show Boat Queenie
Denny Dillon My One and Only Mickey
38th Tony Awards
Lila Kedrova Zorba Madame Hortense
Martine Allard The Tap Dance Kid Emma
Liz Callaway Baby Lizzie Fields
Dana Ivey Sunday in the Park with George Yvonne/Naomi Eisen
39th Tony Awards
Leilani Jones Grind Satin
Evalyn Baron Quilters Daughter of the Frontier
Mary Beth Peil The King and I Anna Leonowens
Lenka Peterson Quilters Sarah
40th Tony Awards
Bebe Neuwirth Sweet Charity Nickie
Patti Cohenour The Mystery of Edwin Drood Rosa Bud/Deirdre Peregrine
Jana Schneider The Mystery of Edwin Drood Helena Landless/Janet Conover
Elisabeth Welch Jerome Kern Goes to Hollywood Various Characters
41st Tony Awards
Frances Ruffelle Les Misérables Éponine
Jane Connell Me and My Girl Duchess Maria
Judy Kuhn Les Misérables Cosette
Jane Summerhays Me and My Girl Jaqueline 'Jackie' Carstone
42nd Tony Awards
Judy Kaye The Phantom of the Opera Carlotta
Leleti Khumalo Sarafina Sarafina
Alyson Reed Cabaret Sally Bowles
Regina Resnik Cabaret Fraulein Schneider
43rd Tony Awards
Debbie Shapiro Gravitte Jerome Robbins' Broadway Hildy Esterhazy/Mazeppa/Rosalia/Company
Jane Lanier Jerome Robbins' Broadway Various Characters
Faith Prince Jerome Robbins' Broadway Ma/Tessie/Company
Julie Wilson Legs Diamond Flo


Year Actress Musical Character
44th Tony Awards
Randy Graff City of Angels Oolie/Donna
Jane Krakowski Grand Hotel Freida Flamm/Flaemmchen
Kathleen Rowe McAllen Aspects of Love Giulietta Trapani
Crista Moore Gypsy Louise
45th Tony Awards
Daisy Eagan The Secret Garden Mary Lennox
Alison Fraser The Secret Garden Martha Sowerby
Cady Huffman The Will Rogers Follies Ziegfeld's Favorite
LaChanze Once On This Island Ti Moune
46th Tony Awards
Tonya Pinkins Jelly's Last Jam Anita
Liz Larsen The Most Happy Fella Cleo
Vivian Reed The High Rollers Social and Pleasure Club Enchantress
Barbara Walsh Falsettos Trina
47th Tony Awards
Andrea Martin My Favorite Year Alice Miller
Marcia Mitzman Gaven Tommy Nora Walker
Jan Graveson Blood Brothers Linda
Lainie Kazan My Favorite Year Belle Carroca
48th Tony Awards
Audra McDonald Carousel Carrie Pipperidge Snow
Marcia Lewis Grease Miss Lynch
Sally Mayes She Loves Me Ilona Ritter
Marin Mazzie Passion Clara
49th Tony Awards
Gretha Boston Show Boat Queenie
Brenda Braxton Smokey Joe's Cafe Various Characters
B.J. Crosby Smokey Joe's Cafe Various Characters
DeLee Lively Smokey Joe's Cafe Various Characters
50th Tony Awards
Ann Duquesnay Bringin da Noise - Bringin da Funk da Singer/The Chanteuse
Joohee Choi The King and I Tuptim
Veanne Cox Company Amy
Idina Menzel Rent Maureen Johnson
51st Tony Awards
Lillias White The Life Sonja
Marcia Lewis Chicago Matron Mama Morton
Andrea Martin Candide The Old Lady
Debra Monk Steel Pier Shelby Stevens
52nd Tony Awards
Audra McDonald Ragtime Sarah
Anna Kendrick High Society Dinah Lord
Tsidii Le Loka The Lion King Rafiki
Mary Louise Wilson Cabaret Fraulein Schneider
53rd Tony Awards
Kristin Chenoweth You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown Sally Brown
Gretha Boston It Ain't Nothin' But The Blues Various Characters
Valerie Pettiford Fosse Various Characters
Mary Testa On the Town Madame Maude P. Dilly


Year Actress Musical Character
54th Tony Awards
Karen Ziemba Contact Wife
Laura Benanti Swing Various Characters
Ann Hampton Callaway Swing Various Characters
Eartha Kitt The Wild Party Dolores
Deborah Yates Contact Girl in a Yellow Dress/Gina Minetti
55th Tony Awards
Cady Huffman The Producers Ulla
Polly Bergen Follies Carlotta Campion
Kathleen Freeman The Full Monty Jeanette Burmeister
Kate Levering 42nd Street Peggy Sawyer
Mary Testa 42nd Street Maggie Jones
56th Tony Awards
Harriet Harris Thoroughly Modern Millie Mrs. Meers
Laura Benanti Into the Woods Cinderella
Spencer Kayden Urinetown Little Sally
Judy Kaye Mamma Mia Rosie Mulligan
Andrea Martin Oklahoma Aunt Eller
57th Tony Awards
Jane Krakowski Nine Carla Albanese
Tammy Blanchard Gypsy Louise
Mary Stuart Masterson Nine Luisa Contini
Chita Rivera Nine Liliane La Fleur
Ashley Tuttle Movin' Out Judy
58th Tony Awards
Anika Noni Rose Caroline or Change Emmie Thibodeaux
Beth Fowler The Boy from Oz Marion Woolnough
Isabel Keating The Boy from Oz Judy Garland
Jennifer Westfeldt Wonderful Town Eileen Sherwood
Karen Ziemba Never Gonna Dance Mabel Pritt
59th Tony Awards
Sara Ramirez Spamalot Lady of the Lake
Joanna Gleason Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Muriel Eubanks
Celia Keenan-Bolger The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Olive Ostrovsky
Jan Maxwell Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Baroness Bomburst
Kelli O'Hara The Light in the Piazza Clara Johnson
60th Tony Awards
Beth Leavel The Drowsy Chaperone The Drowsy Chaperone/Beatrice Stockwell
Carolee Carmello Lestat Gabrielle de Lioncourt
Felicia P. Fields The Color Purple Sofia Johnson
Megan Lawrence The Pajama Game Gladys Hotchkiss
Elisabeth Withers The Color Purple Shug Avery
61st Tony Awards
Mary Louise Wilson Grey Gardens 'Big Edie' Beale
Charlotte d'Amboise A Chorus Line Cassie Ferguson
Rebecca Luker Mary Poppins Winifred Banks
Orfeh Legally Blonde Paulette Bonafonté
Karen Ziemba Curtains Georgia Hendricks
62nd Tony Awards
Laura Benanti Gypsy Louise
Loretta Ables Sayre South Pacific Bloody Mary
De'Adre Aziza Passing Strange Edwina/Marianna/Sudabey
Andrea Martin Young Frankenstein Frau Blücher
Olga Merediz In the Heights Abuela Claudia
63rd Tony Awards
Karen Olivo West Side Story Anita
Jennifer Damiano Next to Normal Natalie Goodman
Haydn Gwynne Billy Elliot Georgia Wilkinson
Martha Plimpton Pal Joey Gladys Bumps
Carole Shelley Billy Elliot Grandma


Year Actress Musical Character
64th Tony Awards
Katie Finneran Promises Promises Marge MacDougall
Barbara Cook Sondheim on Sondheim Various Characters
Angela Lansbury A Little Night Music Madame Armfeldt
Karine Plantadit Come Fly Away Kate
Lillias White Fela Funmilayo Kuti
65th Tony Awards
Nikki M. James The Book of Mormon Nabulungi Hatimbi
Laura Benanti Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown Candela
Tammy Blanchard How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying Hedy La Rue
Victoria Clark Sister Act Mother Superior
Patti LuPone Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown Lucia
66th Tony Awards
Judy Kaye Nice Work If You Can Get It Estonia Dulworth
Elizabeth A. Davis Once Réza
Jayne Houdyshell Follies Hattie Walker
Jessie Mueller On a Clear Day You Can See Forever Melinda Wells
Da'Vine Joy Randolph Ghost Oda Mae Brown
67th Tony Awards
Andrea Martin Pippin Berthe
Annaleigh Ashford Kinky Boots Lauren
Victoria Clark Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella Marie - Fairy Godmother
Keala Settle Hands on a Hardbody Norma Valverde
Lauren Ward Matilda the Musical Miss Jennifer "Jenny" Honey

Win Total

2 Wins

Nomination Total

Character Win Total

2 Wins

  • Marge MacDougall - from Promises Promises

Character Nomination Total

External links

  • Internet Broadway Database Awards Archive [1]
  • Official Tony Awards Website Archive [2]
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