Guide to the Tony Awards
We predict big winners to be ''Rent'' and ''Master Class''
Just as Oscar can mean big bucks in video sales and movie tickets, Tony can give a Broadway show legs. So from now until June 2, nominees will be anxiously wondering what the Tony voters are thinking. Shall we second-guess?
Best Musical Nominees: Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk; Chronicle of a Death Foretold; Rent; Swinging on a Star
Winner: A Pulitzer Prize, rapturous reviews, and the death of lyricist-composer Jonathan Larson make Rent the sentimental favorite.
Best Play Nominees: Buried Child; Master Class; Racing Demon; Seven Guitars
Winner: Master Class has the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards to prove it has the edge.
Best Revival of a Play Nominees: A Delicate Balance; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; An Ideal Husband; Inherit the Wind
Winner: Balance, the drama by rediscovered critical darling Edward Albee, is 30 years old but shows no signs of aging — or losing.
Best Revival of a Musical Nominees: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum; Company; Hello, Dolly!; The King and I
Winner: Although King (1951) and Forum (1962) both benefit from slick stagings, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s King is more regal than Sondheim’s burlesque.
Leading Actor in a Play Nominees: Philip Bosco; George Grizzard; George C. Scott; Martin Shaw
Winner: Bosco gets credit with Carol Burnett for Moon Over Buffalo‘s healthy run.
Leading Actor in a Musical Nominees: Savion Glover; Nathan Lane; Adam Pascal; Lou Diamond Phillips
Winner: Overlooked for Love! Valour! Compassion!, Lane will be honored as the funniest thing happening in Forum.
Leading Actress in a Play Nominees: Carol Burnett; Zoe Caldwell; Rosemary Harris; Elaine Stritch
Winner: A close call: As a drunk broad in A Delicate Balance, Stritch demands your attention, but as Maria Callas, the demanding diva in Master Class, Zoe Caldwell can’t be ignored.
Leading Actress in a Musical Nominees: Julie Andrews; Crista Moore; Donna Murphy; Daphne Rubin-Vega
Winner: Andrews will take the award, whether she wants it or not — Tony voters will snub her snub.