Where New York Ranks as Home State for Tony Winners

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The 76th annual Tony Awards were held this past Sunday at Broadway’s United Palace in New York City — despite the show’s future being in jeopardy just weeks ago.

In mid-May the Tonys were nearly postponed due to the ongoing Writers Guild strike, but CBS went ahead with an “unscripted” broadcast.

This year’s awards began with Ariana DeBose showing off the blank teleprompters and opting for a dance performance in lieu of the big musical number that customarily opens the annual celebration of the year’s top achievements in the theatrical arts.

The night’s big winner was “Kimberly Akimbo,” the coming-of-age musical about a rapidly aging teenage girl with the appearance of an elderly woman. “Kimberly” won five Tonys, including Best Musical.

EmpireStakes.com thought the occasion merited a break from New York sports betting coverage to see how New Yorkers have fared recently at the Tonys in comparison to other states.

Using the Tony Award Winner Masterlist, we sorted the Best Actor/Actress awards (in Leading, Feature, Musical and Play subcategories) by state for the past decade (2013-2023).

Here are the states that have produced the most Tony winners from EmpireStakes.com, your source for NY sportsbook promos.


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Tony Award Winners by State

State No. of Winners
New York8
New Jersey5
South Carolina2
North Carolina1
New Mexico1
Rhode Island1


In 2nd Place, New York, New York

Even with Broadway located in New York, the Empire State comes in second place in terms of homegrown Tony winners since 2013 — behind America’s other entertainment mecca, California.

Miriam Silverman gave New York another tally in the winner’s column on Sunday when she took home Featured Actress - Play for her role in “The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window,” a revival of Lorraine Hansberry’s stage production about political activism in 1960s Greenwich Village.

Recent New York Tony Winners

Here is the full list of New York performers who have won Tonys since 2013:

  • Miriam Silverman
  • Patti LuPone
  • Aaron Tveit
  • Danny Burstein
  • Rachel Bay Jones
  • Cynthia Nixon
  • Leslie Odom, Jr.
  • Cicely Tyson

Other notable New York Tony winners include Patti LuPone, who has won three times — most recently for her performance in the 2022 revival of the musical “Company.”

“Sex and the City” star and occasional politico Cynthia Nixon has won twice during her stage career. Her last trophy was for Featured Performance in the 2017 staging of “The Little Foxes” by Lillian Hellman.

As part of the cast of arguably the most successful musical of all time, Leslie Odom Jr. won Best Actor - Musical in 2016 for his role in “Hamilton.” That year the hip hop re-telling of the life of founding father Alexander Hamilton broke the record for the most Tony nominations by a stage production in a single year. It went on to win 11 total awards, second only to 2001’s staging of “The Producers.”

In a trail-blazing career that spanned seven decades, Cicely Tyson won her only Tony in 2013 for her performance in the play “The Trip To Bountiful.” At 88, she became the oldest actress to ever win a Tony.

Sadly, the New York legend passed away in early 2021.


Jeff Parker is an Entertainment Writer for EmpireStakes.com. A writer for film, television and the internet, Jeff is a life long movie buff, with an actual Masters Degree in Popular Culture. He lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he works full time as documentary filmmaker and producer.

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