And, The Winner Was: See How Playbill Readers' Picks Compared to Those of Tony Award Voters

By Playbill Staff
10 Jun 2013



Tracy Letts
Photo by T. Charles Erickson

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play

Tony voters picked Tracy Letts as their choice for Leading Actor in a Play for his performance as George in the Tony-winning revival of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? The artist is now the recipient of the Tony Award for both performing and writing (August: Osage County). When asked about Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?'s closing despite critical raves, he described Broadway as a bottom-line business, explaining, "Bette [Midler] wanted the Booth, that's what I was told." He also asked if New York Times reporter Patrick Healy and Time Out New York critics David Cote and Adam Feldman were in the room. "If you see those guys, tell them I'm looking for them." The writers predicted he would not win the honor.

Readers picked Broadway favorite Nathan Lane as their choice for Leading Actor in a Play for his performance as the title character in The Nance. The actor received the 2013 Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance and the 2013 Outer Critics Circle Award.

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