We predict big winners to be ''Rent'' and ''Master Class''

By Jess Cagle
Updated May 31, 1996 at 04:00 AM EDT

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.