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

By Playbill Staff
10 Jun 2013

Courtney B. Vance
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Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play

Tony voters picked Courtney B. Vance as the Best Featured Actor in a Play for his performance as newspaper editor Hap Hairston in Nora Ephron's Lucky Guy. Vance, who credits director George C. Wolfe for his success in the role, claims that Wolfe and Tom Hanks were the reasons for taking on the Broadway project. The actor hasn't appeared on Broadway in over 20 years, and his main focus has been raising twins with wife Angela Bassett, whom he refers to as "The Queen." When asked what else could get him back to Broadway, he replied, "George C. Wolfe!" 

Readers picked comic actor Billy Magnussen as their favorite Featured Actor in a Play for his performance as the last title character in Broadway's Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Magnussen was nominated for his first Tony Award for the new Christopher Durang comedy.