68th Annual Tony Nominations Include First-Time Recognition of Bryan Cranston, Lena Hall, Neil Patrick Harris and More

By Carey Purcell
29 Apr 2014

Andy Karl
Andy Karl
Photo by Matthew Murphy

Playbill.com looks at the actors and actresses who recently received their first Tony Award nominations.

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Bryce Pinkham
The role of Monty Navarro has proven to be a killer part for Bryce Pinkham, who earned a Tony nomination for his performance as the disgruntled heir to the D'Ysquith fortune who stakes his claim to said fortune by knocking off the eight heirs who stand in his way. Pinkham, whose stage credits include Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and Ghost The Musical, murders fellow nominee Jefferson Mays eight times a show — while managing to indulge in a romance or two as well.

Andy Karl
Andy Karl's first Tony nomination was earned with sweat and blood … and experience. Karl has been treading the boards for years with stints in Wicked, Jersey Boys, The Wedding Singer, Legally Blonde and 9 to 5 under his belt, as well as 2013's Tony-nominated revival of The Mystery of Edwin Drood. The title role in Rocky gave the leading man the opportunity to show off his acting and singing skills and his impressive physical strength. How many other actors can sing while doing chin-ups?



Mary Bridget Davies
Making her Broadway debut as the Queen of Rock in A Night With Janis Joplin, Mary Bridget Davies gave an uncannily accurate performance as the late rock singer known for her vocal strength. Davies, who previously portrayed Joplin in the national tour of Love, Janis, impressed audiences with her vocal stamina, performing Joplin's trademark hits like "Me and Bobby McGee," "Summertime" and "Mercedes Benz" six times a week.

Ramin Karimloo
Ramin Karimloo is no stranger to the stage; the West End actor played the title role in The Phantom of the Opera across the pond and starred in its short-lived sequel, Love Never Dies. The leading man, who has received no formal training as an actor, made his Broadway debut as Jean Valjean in the revival of Les Misérables. Impressing audiences with his impassioned performance as the former convict seeking redemption, Karimloo can now answer the question, "Who am I?" with "A Tony nominee."

Paul Chahidi 
Making his Broadway debut in Shakespeare's Globe's repertory productions of Twelfth Night and Richard III, Paul Chahidi earned a Tony nomination for his performance as Maria in Twelfth Night. The British actor, who received an Olivier Award nomination for the role in the West End, counts Macbeth, The Comedy of Errors and The Taming of the Shrew among his stage credits.

Neil Patrick Harris
A multiple Emmy Award winner, Neil Patrick Harris earned his first Tony nomination for his performance in the title role of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Playing the "internationally ignored" East German transgender rock musician chasing after an ex-lover who plagiarized her songs, the "How I Met Your Mother" star returned to the Broadway stage for the first time in a decade, after performing in Stephen Sondheim's Assassins in 2004.

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