This Sunday, the 64th Annual Tony Awards will be presented at 8 on CBS. Here is a quick look at the top contenders before the big night. I will post the winners either late Sunday, or probably Monday. Enjoy!
Will Win: Memphis
Should Win: American Idiot
Commentary: While I thought that American Idiot was the hardest to pull off, and done so miraculously well, I think that Memphis will dance away with the top prize.
Will Win/Should Win: Red
Commentary: John Logan created a two-man show that, at this point, is unbeatable.
Best Revival of a Musical
Will Win/Should Win: La Cage Aux Folles
Commentary: I think this one is lock.
Best Revival of a Play
Will Win/Should Win: Fences
Commentary: This one got the best reviews of the year...lock.
Best Lead Actor - Play
Will Win: Alfred Molina "Red"
Should Win: Denzel Washington "Fences"
Commentary: This one is the big battle of the night. While I preferred Denzel's performance, I think the wonderful Molina will take the prize, but it will be a close one.
Best Lead Actress - Play
Will Win/Should Win: Viola Davis "Fences"
Commentary: I think this one is a lock, and after losing a well-deserved Oscar, she deserves a major award for her work.
Best Featured Actor - Play
Will Win - Eddie Redmayne "Red"
Should Win - Stephen McKinley Henderson "Fences"
Commentary: Another close one. While I preferred Henderson's performance in Fences, I think that Redmayne's supporting role will take the prize.
Best Featured Actress - Play
Will Win/Should Win - Jan Maxwell "Lend Me a Tenor"
Commentary: I loved both Scarlett Johansson, but Jan Maxwell was simply terrific, and is most likely a shoo-in.
Best Lead Actor - Musical
Will Win/Should Win: Douglas Hodge "La Cage Aux Folles"
Commentary: While I think that Sahr Ngaujah and Sean Hayes (who is hosting) have a shot, it may be futile with Hodge's showstopping turn in La Cage Aux Folles
Best Lead Actress - Musical
Will Win: Catherine Zeta-Jones "A Little Night Music"
Should Win: Montego Glover "Memphis"
Commentary: Zeta-Jones was fantastic and will probably win based on name recognition, but newcomer. Glover was the real star in her incredible turn in Memphis, and is not far behind.
Best Featured Actor - Musical
Will Win: Levi Kreis "Million Dollar Quartet"
Should Win: Robin de Jesus "La Cage Aux Folles"
Commentary: Another close battle, but I think that Jerry Lewis will beat the butler.
Best Featured Actress - Musical
Will Win: Katie Finneran "Promises, Promises"
Should Win: Angela Lansbury "A Little Night Music"
Commentary: A month ago, Lansbury was still a possibility, but quickly Finneran has become the frontrunner, and will most likely take the prize.