13 Musical Theater Roles That Are Tony Award Magnets

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Julieta Cervantes
Bette Midler in Hello, Dolly! 

From Mama Rose to Dolly Gallagher Levi, these are some of the juiciest roles in Broadway history.

You want to win a Tony Award for acting in a musical? There's really nothing to it: Just figure out a way to play Mama Rose or Dolly Gallagher Levi or J. Pierrepont Finch. Those are among the 13 plum roles for which two or more actors have won Tony Awards over the years.

Ahead of Sunday's 2019 Tony Awards, here's a complete list of the roles in musicals that have resulted in multiple Tony wins.

Anna Leonowens from The King and I
Three wins for best performance by a leading actress in a musical: Gertrude Lawrence, who originated the role (1952), Donna Murphy (1996) and Kelli O'Hara (2015).

Mama Rose from Gypsy
Three wins for best performance by a leading actress in a musical: Angela Lansbury (1975), Tyne Daly (1990) and Patti LuPone (2008). Note: Two other actresses were nominated in this category, but didn't win -- Ethel Merman, who originated the role (1960), and Bernadette Peters (2003).

Pseudolus from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Three wins for best performance by a leading actor in a musical: Zero Mostel, who originated the role (1963), Phil Silvers (1972) and Nathan Lane (1996). In addition, Jason Alexander won for portraying several characters, including Pseudolus, in Jerome Robbins' Broadway (1989).

Carrie Pipperidge from Carousel
Two wins for best performance by a featured actress in a musical: Audra McDonald (1994) and Lindsay Mendez (2018). Note: Jean Darling originated the role in 1945, two years before the inception of the Tony Awards.

Dolly Gallagher Levi from Hello, Dolly!
Two wins for best performance by a leading actress in a musical: Carol Channing, who originated the role (1964), and Bette Midler (2017).

Celie Harris Johnson from The Color Purple
Two wins for best performance by a leading actress in a musical: LaChanze, who originated the role (2006), and Cynthia Erivo (2016).

The Leading Player from Pippin
One win for best performance by a leading actor in a musical: Ben Vereen, who originated the role (1973); and one for best performance by a leading actress in a musical: Patina Miller (2013).

Albin from La Cage aux Folles
Two wins for best performance by a leading actor in a musical: George Hearn, who originated the role (1984), and Douglas Hodge (2010). Note: A third actor was nominated in this category, but didn't win -- Gary Beach (2005).

Desiree Armfeldt from A Little Night Music
Two wins for best performance by a leading actress in a musical: Glynis Johns, who originated the role (1973), and Catherine Zeta-Jones (2010).

Marge MacDougall from Promises, Promises
Two wins for best performance by a featured actress in a musical: Marian Mercer, who originated the role (1969), and Katie Finneran (2010).

Emile de Becque from South Pacific
Two wins for best performance by a leading actor in a musical: Ezio Pinza, who originated the role (1950), and Paulo Szot (2008).

The Master of Ceremonies from Cabaret
One win for best performance by a supporting actor in a musical: Joel Grey, who originated the role (1967); and one for best performance by a leading actor in a musical: Alan Cumming (1998).

J. Pierrepont Finch from How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Two wins for best performance by a leading actor in a musical: Robert Morse, who originated the role (1962), and Matthew Broderick (1995).

In addition, teen actors David Alvarez, Trent Kowalik and Kiril Kulish shared the 2009 award for best performance by a leading actor in a musical for trading off the lead role in Billy Elliot the Musical, but that's different.