Tonys Predictions 2009: 'Billy Elliot' romps, Liza wins, Neil Patrick Harris kills
June 7 is Super Bowl Sunday for show queens and theater geeks everywhere, with the broadcast of the 63rd annual Tony Awards from Radio City Music Hall (starting at 8 p.m. EST on CBS). But who will the big winners be? EW’s theater guru Melissa Rose Bernardo offers her sage Tony predictions on every single category. Much of her prognistication follows the conventional wisdom: For instance, expect a near sweep for Billy Elliot (pictured) in the musical categories, including a win for the three boys sharing the title role (sorry, Constantine Maroulis). She also expects Liza Minnelli’s concert-show Liza’s at the Palace to edge out Will Ferrell’s You’re Welcome America. A Final Night With George W. Bush in the Special Theatrical Event category. Other A-listers should get more than their share of hardware: Geoffrey Rush is definitely the front-runner for Best Actor in a Drama, ahead of God of Carnage‘s James Gandolfini and Jeff Daniels, among others. And Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden (God of Carnage) has the edge over Oscar winner Jane Fonda (33 Variations) and Oscar nominee Janet McTeer (Mary Stuart) for Best Actress in a Drama. My prediction: Neil Patrick Harris, the ever-versatile Broadway and Dr. Horrible alum, will knock ’em dead in at least one musical number — take that, Hugh Jackman! What do you think, PopWatchers? What will be the biggest surprises and upsets of the Tonys?