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Katie Finneran, Levi Kreis win featured musical performer prizes at Tony Awards

June 13, 2010 |  7:02 pm

Katie Finneran won the featured actress Tony for her show-stealing performance in "Promises, Promises." She plays a barfly on the prowl who sets her sights on Chuck (Sean Hayes). Marian Mercer took home the featured actress award for creating this role in 1969. In 2002, Finneran did the seemingly impossible and upstaged theatrical royalty Patti LuPone in the farce "Noises Off," winning the featured actress in a play Tony Award.

Levi Kreis plays Jerry Lee Lewis in the tuner "Million Dollar Quartet." Before coming to Broadway, he played this part in Chicago. Before his turn on the stage, Kreis carved out a successful recording career. In the jukebox tuner, Kreis portrays the great ball of fire just as his career was beginning to smolder.

Our panel of pundits predicted both of these talents to prevail tonight. Finneran's achievement is particularly striking as she edged out five-time Tony champ Angela Lansbury, who would have set a record had she won for her featured performance in "A Little Night Music."