Saturday, May 31, 2014

2014 Tony Award Predictions: Best Featured Actor and Actress in a Musical

Best Featured Actor in a Musical
Will Win - James Monroe Iglehart "Aladdin"

Could Win - Danny Burstein "Cabaret"

Commentary - This is Danny Burstein's fifth Tony nomination for his role in the revival of Cabaret. There is so much good will, and there is the fact that he has yet to win one. But it looks like he may have to sit out yet again. James Monroe Iglehart, who had a scene-stealing role in the Tony-winner Memphis, is apparently the reason to see the stage adaptation of Aladdin. The reviews for his role are simply off-the-wall excellent, and I think he has the buzz to beat the industry favorite.

Best Featured Actress in a Musical
Will Win - Lena Hall "Hedwig and the Angry Inch"

Could Win - Linda Emond "Cabaret" or Lauren Worsham "A Gentleman's Guide to Murder"

Commentary -  It looks like a brutal race is brewing in this category. Linda Emond is a previous nominee, and is a standout in Cabaret. Lauren Worsham is making her Broadway debut, and has already racked up accolades for her star-making turn in A Gentleman's Guide to Murder. But I think that Lena Hall, who has managed to earn praise up against the buzz and towering performance of Neil Patrick Harris, is going to walk away next Sunday with her first Tony Award.

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