Stephanie J. Block "The Mystery of Edwin Drood"
Lilla Crawford "Annie"
Patina Miller "Pippin"
Laura Osnes "Cinderella"
Sophia Gennusa, Oona Laurence, Bailey Ryon, and Milly Shapiro "Matilda"
Other Contenders - Carolee Carmello "Scandalous", Valisia LeKae "Motown", Adrienne Warren "Bring it On", Deborah Cox "Jekyll and Hyde", Erin Dilly "A Christmas Story", Taylor Louderman "Bring it On"
Commentary - Unlike some of the other acting categories this year, this particular one is populated by a lot of fresh faces, and many actresses are going to get their first Tony nominations. Two young actresses who have already charmed Tony voters and earned nominations will most likely return this year. Patina Miller was close to winning for Sister Act a few years ago, and this year, Pippin might be her ticket to her first win. Laura Osnes this year tackles Cinderella, one of the most iconic roles on the stage, with great results. She will mostly likely also earn her second nomination, after last year's nod for Bonnie and Clyde. But most of the other contenders will all be first time nominees. An exception would be Carolee Carmello for Scandolous, a two time nominee, but at the moment, I think she is a close sixth place, battling it out with Stephanie J. Block, who I think will beat her out in the end. The other two contenders are child actors, who despite their young age, lit up the stage this year. Lilla Crawford brought life, and her own twist, to the precocious Annie, earning rave reviews. Finally, after the three Billy Elliot's made Tony history, sharing one Tony Award, the four Matlidas look like they are going to repeat, especially as the show has continued to be a box office success in the past week.