2013 Tony Award predictions

Handicapping Broadway’s highest honor? Here are 2013 Tony Award picks you can bet on.

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After five weeks of buildup, the Tony Awards will be awarded on Sunday—and theater fans should brace themselves for a more suspenseful broadcast than usual. Sure, a few of the winners are gimmes (start practicing your speech now, Andrea Martin), but most of the races are nail-biters. Will Best Musical go to the thorny but cute English import (Matilda) or the precision-tooled American crowd-pleaser (Kinky Boots)? Can the still-running The Trip to Bountiful wrest Best Revival from its already-closed rivals? And who will nose ahead in the tightly matched field for Best Featured Actor in a Play? We’ve gazed into our cloudy crystal ball and we've ranked the nominees below, from most to least likely to win. (How do they compare to your own votes in our readers' poll?) To show which races are especially competitive, we’ve assigned them symbols accordingly.


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    Best Play

    Lock Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
    Dark horse Lucky Guy
    Dark horse The Assembled Parties
    Honor to be nominated The Testament of Mary

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    Best Musical

    Tight race Matilda
    Tight race Kinky Boots
    Honor to be nominated A Christmas Story, The Musical
    Honor to be nominated Bring It On: The Musical

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    Best Revival of a Play

    Tight race Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
    Tight race The Trip to Bountiful
    Tight race Golden Boy
    Honor to be nominated Orphans

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    Best Revival of a Musical

    Lock Pippin
    Dark horse Cinderella
    Tight race The Mystery of Edwin Drood
    Honor to be nominated Annie

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    Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play

    Tight race Cicely Tyson, The Trip to Bountiful
    Tight race Kristine Nielsen, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
    Dark horse Laurie Metcalf, The Other Place
    Dark horse Holland Taylor, Ann
    Honor to be nominated Amy Morton, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

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    Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play

    Lock Tom Hanks, Lucky Guy
    Dark horse Nathan Lane, The Nance
    Dark horse Tracy Letts, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
    Dark horse David Hyde Pierce, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
    Honor to be nominated Tom Sturridge, Orphans

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    Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical

    Tight race Patina Miller, Pippin
    Tight race Laura Osnes, Cinderella
    Honor to be nominated Carolee Carmello, Scandalous
    Honor to be nominated Stephanie J. Block, The Mystery of Edwin Drood
    Honor to be nominated Valisia LeKae, Motown— The Musical

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    Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical

    Tight race Billy Porter, Kinky Boots
    Tight race Bertie Carvel, Matilda
    Honor to be nominated Santino Fontana, Cinderella
    Honor to be nominated Rob McClure, Chaplin
    Honor to be nominated Stark Sands, Kinky Boots

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    Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play

    Tight race Judith Light, The Assembled Parties
    Tight race Condola Rashad, The Trip to Bountiful
    Dark horse Shalita Grant, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
    Honor to be nominated Judith Ivey, The Heiress
    Honor to be nominated Carrie Coon, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

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    Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play

    Tight race Richard Kind, The Big Knife
    Tight race Tony Shalhoub, Golden Boy
    Tight race Courtney B. Vance, Lucky Guy
    Tight race Danny Burstein, Golden Boy
    Tight race Billy Magnussen, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

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    Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical

    Lock Andrea Martin, Pippin
    Dark horse Annaleigh Ashford, Kinky Boots
    Honor to be nominated Lauren Ward, Matilda
    Honor to be nominated Keala Settle, Hands on a Hardbody
    Honor to be nominated Victoria Clark, Cinderella

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    Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical

    Tight race Terrence Mann, Pippin
    Tight race Gabriel Ebert, Matilda
    Honor to be nominated Will Chase, The Mystery of Edwin Drood
    Honor to be nominated Keith Carradine, Hands on a Hardbody
    Honor to be nominated Charl Brown, Motown— The Musical

  • Photograph: Joan Marcus

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    Best Book of a Musical

    Tight race Dennis Kelly, Matilda
    Tight race Harvey Fierstein, Kinky Boots
    Dark horse Douglas Carter Beane, Cinderella
    Honor to be nominated Joseph Robinette, A Christmas Story

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    Best Score

    Tight race Cyndi Lauper, Kinky Boots
    Tight race Tim Minchin, Matilda
    Honor to be nominated Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, A Christmas Story, The Musical
    Honor to be nominated Trey Anastasio and Amanda Green, Hands on a Hardbody

  • Photograph: Joan Marcus

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    Best Direction of a Play

    Tight race George C. Wolfe, Lucky Guy
    Tight race Nicholas Martin, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
    Dark horse Bartlett Sher, Golden Boy
    Dark horse Pam MacKinnon, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

  • Photograph: Kevin H. Lin

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    Best Direction of a Musical

    Tight race Diane Paulus, Pippin
    Tight race Matthew Warchus, Matilda
    Dark horse Jerry Mitchell, Kinky Boots
    Honor to be nominated Scott Ellis, The Mystery of Edwin Drood

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    Best Choreography

    Tight race Chet Walker, Pippin
    Tight race Peter Darling, Matilda
    Honor to be nominated Andy Blankenbuehler, Bring It On: The Musical
    Honor to be nominated Jerry Mitchell, Kinky Boots

  • Photograph: Joan Marcus

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    Best Scenic Design of a Play

    Tight race John Lee Beatty, The Nance
    Tight race Santo Loquasto, The Assembled Parties
    Dark horse David Rockwell, Lucky Guy
    Dark horse Michael Yeargan, Golden Boy

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    Best Scenic Design of a Musical

    Lock Rob Howell, Matilda
    Dark horse Scott Pask, Pippin
    Dark horse David Rockwell, Kinky Boots
    Honor to be nominated Anna Louizos, The Mystery of Edwin Drood

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    Best Costume Design of a Play

    Tight race Ann Roth, The Nance
    Tight race Catherine Zuber, Golden Boy
    Dark horse Albert Wolsky, The Heiress
    Honor to be nominated Soutra Gilmour, Cyrano de Bergerac

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    Best Costume Design of a Musical

    Lock William Ivey Long, Cinderella
    Dark horse Dominique Lemieux, Pippin
    Dark horse Rob Howell, Matilda
    Dark horse Gregg Barnes, Kinky Boots

  • Photograph: Joan Marcus

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    Best Lighting Design of a Play

    Tight race Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer, Lucky Guy
    Tight race Donald Holder, Golden Boy
    Dark horse Japhy Wiedeman, The Nance
    Honor to be nominated Jennifer Tipton, The Testament of Mary

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    Best Lighting Design of a Musical

    Tight race Hugh Vanstone, Matilda
    Tight race Kenneth Posner, Pippin
    Tight race Kenneth Posner, Cinderella
    Honor to be nominated Kenneth Posner, Kinky Boots

  • Photograph: Joan Marcus

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    Best Sound Design of a Play

    Tight race John Gromada, The Trip to Bountiful
    Tight race Leon Rothenberg, The Nance
    Tight race Peter John Still and Marc Salzberg, Golden Boy
    Dark horse Mel Mercier, The Testament of Mary

  • Photograph: Joan Marcus

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    Best Sound Design of a Musical

    Tight race Jonathan Deans and Garth Helm, Pippin
    Tight race Peter Hylenski, Motown—The Musical
    Dark horse John Shivers, Kinky Boots
    Dark horse Nevin Steinberg, Cinderella

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    Best Orchestrations

    Tight race Stephen Oremus, Kinky Boots
    Tight race Ethan Popp and Bryan Crook, Motown—The Musical
    Dark horse Chris Nightingale, Matilda
    Dark horse Danny Troob, Cinderella

Photograph: Carol Rosegg

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Best Play

Lock Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Dark horse Lucky Guy
Dark horse The Assembled Parties
Honor to be nominated The Testament of Mary

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Bob Gutowski
Bob Gutowski

Paulus also shouldn't win because she clearly didn't know how to focus our attention on what was important to be watching at any given moment. This show was a bit too much like a three-ring circus. In the original "Manson Trio," red lights illuminated brief, slow-motion acts of violence we were meant to notice for a few seconds as the dance went on. In the current version, god knows what all is going on all over the stage during the number. Bye, ironic comment!

Garrett Canna
Garrett Canna

Matthew Warchus deserves to win over Diane Paulus, and Darling deserves to win over Chet Walker (Walker didn't choreograph any of the acrobatics, which are the show's main draw).

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