Tony Awards

The Freshman Class of 2016: A Round-Up of 43 First-Time Tony Award Nominees

May 4th, 2016 by

The Freshman Class of 2016: A Round-Up of 43 First-Time T...

This year, the Tony Awards recognized 23 actors and 20 creatives that have never been Tony nominated before! (Congrats all!) Below, we spotlight each one.


Alex Brightman (School of Rock)

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Leslie Odom Jr. (Hamilton)

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Zachary Levi (She Loves Me)

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Carmen Cusack (Bright Star)

Carmen Cusack GIF- Bright Star GIF- Broadway- Dance

Cynthia Erivo (The Color Purple)

Cynthia Erivo GIF- Color Purple GIF- Broadway GIF- I'm Here GIF

Phillipa Soo (Hamilton)

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Mark Strong (A View From the Bridge)

Mark Strong - A View from the Bridge

Photo by Jan Versweyveld

Tim Pigott-Smith (King Charles III)

Tim Pigott-Smith- King Charles

Photo by Joan Marcus

Jessica Lange (Long Day’s Journey Into Night)

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Lupita Nyong’o (Eclipsed)

Lupita Nyong'o- Eclipsed

Photo by Joan Marcus

Michelle Williams (Blackbird)

Michelle Williams- Blackbird- Tony Awards

Photo by Brigitte Lacombe

Christopher Jackson (Hamilton)

Christopher Jackson- Hamilton-

Photo by Joan Marcus

Daveed Diggs (Hamilton)

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Adrienne Warren (Shuffle Along)

Adrienne Warren- Tony Awards- Shuffle Along

Photo by Julieta Cervantes

Jennifer Simard (Disaster!)

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Renee Elise Goldsberry (Hamilton)

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Bill Camp (The Crucible)

Bill Camp- The Crucible

Photo by Jan Versweyveld

David Furr (Noises Off)

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Michael Shannon (Long Day’s Journey Into Night)

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Richard Goulding (King Charles III)

Richard Goulding- King Charles III

Megan Hilty (Noises Off)

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Pascale Armand (Eclipsed)

Pascale Armand- Eclipsed

Photo by Joan Marcus

Saycon Sengbloh (Eclipsed)

Saycon Sengbloh -Eclipsed

Photo by Joan Marcus


Danai Gurira, playwright of Eclipsed

Danai Gurira- Eclipsed

Photo by Bruce Glikas/

Stephen Karam, playwright of The Humans

Mike Bartlett, playwright of King Charles III

Mike Barlett- King Charles

Photo by Bruce Glikas/

Michael Arden, director of Spring Awakening

Ivo van Hove, director of A View From the Bridge

Jonathan Kent, director of Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Liesl Tommy, director of Eclipsed

Liesel Tommy- Eclipsed- Director

Photo by Emilio Madrid-Kuser/

Rupert Goold, director of King Charles III

Rupert Goold- King Charles

Photo by Bruce Glikas/

Hofesh Shechter, choreographer of Fiddler on the Roof

Julian Fellowes, book of School of Rock

Julian Fellowes- School of rock

Photo by Bruce Glikas/

Steve Martin, book and score of Bright Star

Edie Brickell, score of Bright Star

Edie Brickkell- Bright Stsr

Photo by Caitlin McNaney/

Sara Bareilles, score of Waitress

David Korins, scenic design for Hamilton

Jan Versweyveld, scenic and lighting design for A View From the Bridge and lighting design for The Crucible

Jan Versweyveld- Tony Awards

Photo by Jan Versweyveld

Jeff Mahshie, costume design for She Loves Me

Jeff Mashie- She Loves Me- Tony Awards

Photo by Jeremy Daniel/ & Joan Marcus

Clint Ramos, costume design for Eclipsed

Clint Ramos- Eclipsed-

Photo by Joan Marcus

Tom Scutt, costume design for King Charles III

Tom Scutt- King Charles III- Tony Awards

Justin Townsend, lighting design for American Psycho and The Humans

Justinun Townsend- Tony Awards- Lighting

Photo by Jeremy Daniel & Joan Marcus

August Eriksmoen, orchestrations for Bright Star

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