Tony Awards: Who Will Win On Sunday

I haven’t changed my mind much about Tony predictions since I published my thoughts in the Financial Times over a month ago. At Sunday’s ceremony, hosted by Hugh Jackman, I still think that “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” will win Best Musical over “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.” (I am not a fan of “pre-scored” shows taking the top prize.) I still believe that Audra McDonald will win Best Actress/Play, but it would make my night if she were upset by LaTanya Richardson Jackson for “A Raisin in the Sun.” Neil Patrick Harris (“Hedwig”) and Bryan Cranston “All the Way” will grab the Best Actor/Play and Best Actor/Musical awards. And Jessie Mueller (“Beautiful”) will win Best Actress/Musical over Kelli O’Hara (“The Bridges of Madison County”), who will have to wait till next year, when she’s doing “The King and I.” Which brings us to Best Play. I hope and pray that “Act One,” which I have been blogging for Lincoln Center Theater (here’s my latest post, about costumer Jane Greenwood, who’s receiving an honorary Tony on Sunday), takes that trophy. But why do I fear that “All the Way” will eke it out. Oh, hell: for once I’m going to bet with my heart and pick “Act One.”

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