Here are our Tony Awards predictions
Last year, it was a foregone conclusion that "The Book of Mormon" and "War Horse" would win big at the Tony Awards. At this year's Tonys (airing Sunday at 8 p.m. on CBS), all the top prizes are up for grabs. Here are our predictions:
The award will go to either the Disney musical "Newsies" or the Irish rock musical "Once." "Newsies" is a family-friendly musical with rousing anthems and athletic choreography. It is also the best Disney musical since "The Lion King." But "Once" is so exquisitely staged, genuinely romantic and altogether endearing that it holds a slight edge over "Newsies."
The field contains two exceptional family dramas - Pulitzer winner "Clybourne Park" and Pulitzer finalist "Other Desert Cities" - in addition to the kinky "Venus in Fur" and imaginative "Peter Pan" prequel "Peter and the Starcatcher." "Clybourne Park," which was the last one to open, is the most likely to snag the award. But don't discount "Other Desert Cities," which had a successful yearlong run, or even "Starcatcher," which combines adventure and melodrama with pratfalls and pantomime.
Best Revival of a Musical
The Kennedy Center's revival of "Follies" was the most financially successful Broadway mounting of the beloved Stephen Sondheim musical to date. Although it closed back in January, its encore run in Los Angeles renewed interest in it. "Porgy and Bess" has Gershwin prestige attached to it and is still running, but "Follies" was a triumph that deserves to be rewarded.
Best Revival of a Play
The all-star revival of Gore Vidal's political melodrama "The Best Man," which has been doing pretty well at the box office, has a fair shot at winning. But more likely than not, the award will go to Mike Nichols' gripping staging of Arthur Miller's timeless play "Death of a Salesman" starring Philip Hoffman and Andrew Garfield.
Best Actor in a Play
It'll go to either Philip Seymour Hoffman, who shined as Willy Loman in "Death of a Salesman," or James Corden, the engaging and excited harlequin-narrator of "One Man, Two Guvnors." All things considered, Corden is more likely to win for his incredible rapport with the audience.
Best Actress in a Play
This category is an embarrassment of riches. Nina Arianda was the toast of the town for her exceptional turn in "Venus in Fur," transforming from scatterbrained actress to erotic seductress. Then again, Stockard Channing is magnificent as the family matriarch of "Other Desert Cities and little-known British actress Tracie Bennett goes wild in the Judy Garland bio-drama "The End of the Rainbow." Despite the stiff competition, Arianda should win for her powerhouse performance.
Best Actor in a Musical
Jeremy Jordan is the breakout star of the year, having starred in "Bonnie and Clyde" and then "Newsies." But Steve Kazee is heartbreaking in "Once," and Norm Lewis gives a brave performance in "Porgy and Bess. Still, I foresee lots of teenage girls screaming in excitement when Jordan takes it.
Best Actress in a Musical
Jan Maxwell ("Follies"), Cristin Milioti ("Once") and Kelli O'Hara ("Nice Work if You Can Get It") were all terrific. But the unstoppable Audra McDonald, who's won Best Supporting Actress four times, is sure to win her first for Best Actress for her extraordinary work in "Porgy and Bess."