Early Tony Predictions 2016: Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play

Chris Peterson

OnStage Founder & Editor-in-Chief


A little while back we released some of our way too early Tony predictions, but now that the nominations are just a month away, and with very little left to open on Broadway, it's time to start thinking about who might be hearing their named called on June 12th. 

So with that in mind, for the next couple of days, I'll be releasing my Tony nominations and possible winners. 

Today's Category:  Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play

This category historically favors upset victories, so even though there are some strong contenders, this race remains wide open. Especially when you consider what's left to open as well. Here's our breakdown pending Tony eligibility. 


  • Russel Tovey - A View From the Bridge
  • Arian Moayed - The Humans

Probable Nominees

  • Jeremy Shamos - Noises Off! 
  • Ciaran Hinds - The Crucible
  • Robert Sella - Sylvia

On the Bubble

  • Bill Camp - The Crucible
  • Anthony Calf - King Charles III

The buzz for Tovey and Moayed is strong, so I expect both to get nods for their work. Among the probably nominees, Shamos and Hinds seem to be the most likely picks. Early world on Sella was that he was one of the best reasons to see Sylvia, so a nomination isn't unrealistic. Camp and Calf are strong possibilities.

Even though both The Crucible and Noises Off! have strong male ensembles, I don't foresee multiple nominations for either show in this category.  And with the star power in Long Day's Journey into Night, don't be shocked if we see Michael Shannon or John Gallagher Jr. sneak in as well.