What Will Win Best Play Tony?

tonyawardsc2c4f53ef01156f1e472e970c-800wiThe L.A. Times weighs in on the upcoming Tony awards. ‘There are four slots for nominees in the Tony race for best play. Three shows seem like sure shots to get in. There’s much sentiment behind “Dividing the Estate” by recently deceased Horton Foote, largely because none of his plays ever won the top Tony. But this one closed back in January. Front-runner is “God of Carnage,” the hit comedy starring Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis, James Gandolfini and Marcia Gay Harden, written by Yasmina Reza, whose “Art” won best play of 1998 (beating “The Beauty Queen of Leenane” — outrage!). There’s suddenly a lot of buzz for Neil LaBute’s “reasons to be pretty,” which just opened in early April, but probably not enough to deliver a win. Nominees will be unveiled in mid-May. Winners will be announced on June 7.’ What the L.A. Times doesn’t say in this article is that the most crowded category is Best Revival of a Play: “The Seagull,” “Mary Stuart,” “Joe Turner,” “Desire Under the Elms,” “The Norman Chronicles”: it’s almost impossible to choose.

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