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Beautiful scenery, lots of quiet and the 35th anniversary of meeting the Lord, in this very place on Deer Isle, Maine offer a great setting for a writing retreat. Working on a play.

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By Lauren Yarger
I usually only miss a few each year when it comes to predicting the Tony Awards, honoring Broadway’s best, but this year, a strong season offering a large number of diverse productions makes it very difficult to pick who will get the chance to be played off the stage Sunday night when their acceptance speeches go too long.

You can watch the festivities hosted by Neil Patrick Harris beginning with a live webcast (http://www.tonyawards.com) at 6 pm with the red carpet arrivals at the Beacon Theatre and at 8 pm Eastern with the Tony Award broadcast on CBS (there will be a simulcast in Times Square). Musical numbers will be performed by nominees – and some others added in the hopes of boosting ratings and ticket sales – including:

  • Evita featuring Ricky Martin and Elena Roger
  • Follies featuring Tony nominated actor Danny Burstein
  • The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess featuring Tony nominees Audra McDonald, Norm  Lewis and David Alan Grier
  • Jesus Christ Superstar featuring Tony nominee Josh Young
  • Leap of Faith featuring Raúl Esparza
  • Newsies, featuring Tony nominated actor Jeremy Jordan
  • Nice Work If You Can Get It featuring Matthew Broderick and Tony nominee Kelli O’Hara
  • Once featuring Tony nominees Steve Kazee,  Cristin Milioti and Elizabeth A. Davis.

The evening will also include performances by Tony nominated plays, such as:

  • End of the Rainbow with Tony nominated actress Tracie Bennett
  • One Man, Two Guvnors with Tony nominated actor James Corden
  • Peter and the Starcatcher featuring Tony nominees Christian Borle and Celia Keenan-Bolger.

The show also will feature a performance from the cast of Godspell, with new Jesus Corbin Bleu (whom I saw recently and enjoyed very much in the role) and Ghost The Musical featuring Bryce Pinkham, Caissie Levy and Richard Fleeshman.

The telecast will include a live broadcast from the middle of the Caribbean, where Royal Caribbean International’s Oasis of the Seas’ cast of Hairspray will perform.

You also can see how well I have done when I predict the following winners (remember this is who I think WILL win, not always necessarily who I think SHOULD win). Some of them are a leap of faith, especially for best actor in a musical, (but telling you that Leap of Faith will NOT win the Tony for best musical is not one) and I won’t be surprised if I miss more than a few. Predictions have ** in front of them:

Best Play

**Clybourne Park
Other Desert Cities
Peter and the Starcatcher
Venus in Fur 

Best Musical

Leap of Faith
Newsies
Nice Work If You Can Get It
**Once

Best Revival of a Play

**Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman
Gore Vidal’s The Best Man
Master Class
Wit

Best Revival of a Musical

Evita
**Follies
The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess
Jesus Christ Superstar

Best Book of a Musical

Lysistrata Jones, Douglas Carter Beane
Newsies, Harvey Fierstein
Nice Work If You Can Get It, Joe DiPietro
**Once, Enda Walsh

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre

Bonnie & Clyde
Music: Frank Wildhorn
Lyrics: Don Black

**Newsies
Music: Alan Menken
Lyrics: Jack Feldman

One Man, Two Guvnors
Music & Lyrics: Grant Olding

Peter and the Starcatcher
Music: Wayne Barker
Lyrics: Rick Elice

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play

**James Corden, One Man, Two Guvnors
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman
James Earl Jones, Gore Vidal’s The Best Man
Frank Langella, Man and Boy
John Lithgow, The Columnist

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play

Nina Arianda, Venus in Fur
**Tracie Bennett, End of the Rainbow
Stockard Channing, Other Desert Cities
Linda Lavin, The Lyons
Cynthia Nixon, Wit

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical

Danny Burstein, Follies
Jeremy Jordan, Newsies
Steve Kazee, Once
**Norm Lewis, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess
Ron Raines, Follies

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical

Jan Maxwell, Follies
**Audra McDonald, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess
Cristin Milioti, Once
Kelli O’Hara, Nice Work If You Can Get It
Laura Osnes, Bonnie & Clyde

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play

**Christian Borle, Peter and the Starcatcher
Michael Cumpsty, End of the Rainbow
Tom Edden, One Man, Two Guvnors
Andrew Garfield, Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman
Jeremy Shamos, Clybourne Park

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play

Linda Emond, Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman
Spencer Kayden, Don’t Dress for Dinner
Celia Keenan-Bolger, Peter and the Starcatcher
**Judith Light, Other Desert Cities
Condola Rashad, Stick Fly

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical

Phillip Boykin, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess
**Michael Cerveris, Evita
David Alan Grier, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess
Michael McGrath, Nice Work If You Can Get It
Josh Young, Jesus Christ Superstar


Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical

Elizabeth A. Davis, Once
Jayne Houdyshell, Follies
**Judy Kaye, Nice Work If You Can Get It
Jessie Mueller, On A Clear Day You Can See Forever
Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Ghost the Musical

Best Scenic Design of a Play

John Lee Beatty, Other Desert Cities
Daniel Ostling, Clybourne Park
Mark Thompson, One Man, Two Guvnors
**Donyale Werle, Peter and the Starcatcher

Best Scenic Design of a Musical

Bob Crowley, Once
Rob Howell and Jon Driscoll, Ghost the Musical
Tobin Ost and Sven Ortel, Newsies
**George Tsypin, Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark

Best Costume Design of a Play

William Ivey Long, Don’t Dress for Dinner
Paul Tazewell, A Streetcar Named Desire
Mark Thompson, One Man, Two Guvnors
**Paloma Young, Peter and the Starcatcher

Best Costume Design of a Musical

Gregg Barnes, Follies
ESosa, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess
**Eiko Ishioka, Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark
Martin Pakledinaz, Nice Work If You Can Get It

Best Lighting Design of a Play

**Jeff Croiter, Peter and the Starcatcher
Peter Kaczorowski, The Road to Mecca
Brian MacDevitt, Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman
Kenneth Posner, Other Desert Cities


Best Lighting Design of a Musical

Christopher Akerlind, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess
Natasha Katz, Follies
Natasha Katz, Once
**Hugh Vanstone, Ghost the Musical

Best Sound Design of a Play

Paul Arditti, One Man, Two Guvnors
Scott Lehrer, Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman
**Gareth Owen, End of the Rainbow
Darron L West, Peter and the Starcatcher

Best Sound Design of a Musical

Acme Sound Partners, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess
**Clive Goodwin, Once
Kai Harada, Follies
Brian Ronan, Nice Work If You Can Get It

Best Choreography

Rob Ashford, Evita
**Christopher Gattelli, Newsies
Steven Hoggett, Once
Kathleen Marshall, Nice Work If You Can Get It
Best Direction of a Play

Nicholas Hytner, One Man, Two Guvnors
Pam MacKinnon, Clybourne Park
**Mike Nichols, Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman
Roger Rees and Alex Timbers, Peter and the Starcatcher
Best Direction of a Musical

Jeff Calhoun, Newsies
Kathleen Marshall, Nice Work If You Can Get It
Diane Paulus, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess
**John Tiffany, Once
Best Orchestrations

William David Brohn and Christopher Jahnke, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess
Bill Elliott, Nice Work If You Can Get It
**Martin Lowe, Once
Danny Troob, Newsies

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