Will Richard Nixon finally find redemption? Will the former Jessica Fletcher (a.k.a. Angela Lansbury) become a five-time winner? And, most important, on June 10, will anyone actually be watching the Tony Awards (8 p.m., CBS), which air opposite the Sopranos series finale? Here, EW predicts the winners in all 25 categories…and hopes that one or two theater fans pick the Tonys over Tony.
PREDICTED WINNER Spring Awakening
It made what I thought was an absolutely transformative move from Off Broadway to Broadway — bringing the show to a whole new, exhilarating level — and won nearly every other theatrical award this season. Voters turned off by the sexed-up story and songs like ”Totally F—ed” might go with the more sedate (though still striking) Gardens, but it’s Spring‘s night to shine.
The Coast of Utopia, by Tom Stoppard
Frost/Nixon, by Peter Morgan
The Little Dog Laughed, by Douglas Carter Beane
Radio Golf, by August Wilson
PREDICTED WINNER Frost/Nixon
Utopia was the snob hit of the season, and the three plays — Voyage, Shipwreck, and Salvage — certainly earned their share of critical adoration (I’m still swooning over Shipwreck). So how could the measly 115-minute Frost/Nixon trump an 8-and-1/2-hour ode to Russian history? Simple: It’s short, snappy, and (unlike Utopia) still running. The fact that Ron Howard is making the movie doesn’t hurt either. Out-of-town voters may not have made it to all three parts of Utopia, but you can bet they had two hours to spare for Frost/Nixon.
Best Revival of a Play
Inherit the Wind
PREDICTED WINNER Journey’s End
If only this splendid revival of R.C. Sherriff’s 80-year-old war drama had found an audience — the long-suffering show is closing on Tony afternoon.
Best Revival of a Musical
The Apple Tree
A Chorus Line
110 in the Shade
PREDICTED WINNER Company
It’s not that the John Doyle-directed revival — with the actors doubling as the orchestra — was universally rapturously received; it’s that the others are simply not up to Company‘s level. Besides, no one ever feels guilty casting a vote for Stephen Sondheim.
Best Special Theatrical Event
Jay Johnson: The Two and Only!
Kiki & Herb Alive on Broadway
PREDICTED WINNER Jay Johnson
His ventriloquist act opened and closed pretty quickly, but audiences across the country know Johnson from his Soap days. Kiki & Herb is largely a New-York cabaret thing.
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