Tonight, the 2009 Tony Awards will be given out to the best Broadway has to offer from the past season. Here's my quickie predictions:
Best Musical- Billy Elliot: The Musical
The only spoiler here would be 'Next To Normal', but given the steam Billy had since its premiere over at The West End, it's unlikely the beloved musical can derail the giant this time.
Best Play- God of Carnage
Throw in four stars to a comedic and successful play and you're almost guaranteed the gold.
Best Revival of a Musical- Hair
Yes, I'll be pulling for 'West Side Story' for the upset but the love for the latest reincarnation of the hippie love musical is too big to ignore.
Best Revival of a Play- The Norman Conquests
There's really only one reason why a 7-hour play is playing at the Great White Way...
Best Director of a Musical- Stephen Daldry, Billy Elliot: The Musical
Diane Paulus might pull an upset for the loved 'Hair', but it's really Daldry's to lose.
Best Director of a Play- Matthew Warchus, The Norman Conquests
The man directed 3 plays, the last time that happened Jack O'Brien won.
Best Leading Actor in a Musical- David Alvarez, Trent Kowalik and Kiril Kulish, Billy Elliot: The Musical
I, for one, cannot wait from the speech for the Billys.... unless local favorite Gavin Creel wins.
Best Leading Actress in a Musical- Alice Ripley, Next To Normal
One of the surest things of the night.
Best Leading Actor in a Play- Geoffrey Rush, Exit The King
There's always that prestige to winning actor in a play, but I'm pulling for Raul Esparza for having to deal with that Jeremy Piven fiasco.
Best Leading Actress in a Play- Marcia Gay Harden, God of Carnage
Small competition from Jane Fonda and spoiler Janet McTeer, but I'm sticking with the more colorful role.
Best Featured Actor in a Musical- Will Swensen, Hair
I'll take the hippie over the Billy guys. I mean, 'Hair' can't get shut out performance-wise, can it?
Best Featured Actress in a Musical- Karen Olivo, West Side Story
This role has won Tonys, Oscar and Emmys... it's tailored made for a supporting performance.
Best Featured Actor in a Play- Roger Robinson, Joe Turner's Come and Gone
Still think if David Starthairn stuck with his role in 'Waiting For Godot', this race would be a lot closer.
Best Featured Actress in a Play- Angela Lansbury, Blithe Spirit
It's effing Angela Lansbury... you don't mess with that.
Best Book of a Musical- Next To Normal
Only because I want it to pick up some more prizes though a [title of show] victory would be nothing but delightful.
Best Score- Billy Elliot: The Musical