As any theater obsessive knows, it's hard not to get swept up in Tony fever so in advance of Tuesday morning's announcement of this year's nominees, here's a few fearless predictions. (It's not always a given if there are four or five nominees in certain categories.)
Best musical: After Midnight, Beautiful, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Aladdin (and if there is a fifth nominee, Rocky).
Best play: All the Way, Casa Valentina, The Realistic Jones, Outside Mullingar (and if there's a fifth "Act One")
Best musical revival: Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Violet, Les Miserables, Cabaret
Best play revival: Twelfth Night, The Glass Menagerie, Raisin in the Sun, Of Mice and Men (and if there's a fifth, The Cripple of Inishmaan,
Best male actor in a musical: Bryce Pinkham and Jefferson Mays (“Gentleman’s Guide”), Neil Patrick Harris (“Hedwig”), Steve Pasquale (“The Bridges of Madison County”) and if there is a fifth, Andy Karl (“Rocky”)
Best female actor in a musical: Kelli O’Hara (“Bridges”), Sutton Foster (“Violet”) Jessie Mueller (“Beautiful”) Idina Menzel (“If/Then”) and if there is a fifth, Mary Bridget Davies (“A Night with Janis Joplin”)
Best male actor in a play: Bryan Cranston (“All the Way”), Tony Shalhoub (“Act One”), Denzel Washington (“Raisin in the Sun”), Ian McKellen (“Waiting for Godot”), and if there is a fifth, Chris O’Dowd (“Of Mice and Men”)
Best female actor in a play: Estelle Parsons (“Velocity of Autumn’), Cherry Jones (“The Glass Menagerie”), Audra McDonald (Lady Day at Emerson Bar and Grill), Toni Collette (“The Realistic Jones”), and if a fifth, Rebecca Hall in "Machinal"
Best featured male actor in a play: Mark Rylance (“Twelfth Night”), Reed Birney and John Cullum (“Casa Valentina”), Zachary Quinto and -- if a fifth -- Brian J. Smith (The Glass Menagerie”)
Best featured female actor in a play: Anika Noni Rose and Sophie Okonedo (“Raisin in the Sun”), Sarah Greene (“The Cripple of Inishman”), Celia Keenan Bolger (“The Glass Menagerie),and if a fifth Mare Winningham ("Casa Valentina")
Best featured female actor in a musical: Margo Seibert (“Rocky”), Lisa O’Hare and Lauren Worsham (“Gentleman’s Guide”), Emerson Steele (“Violet”), and if a fifth Linda Emond (“Cabaret”)
Best featured male actor in a musical: Danny Bursten (“Cabaret”), Nick Cordero (“Bullets Over Broadway”), James Monroe Islehart (“Aladdin”), Joshua Henry (“Violet”), and if a fifth Dakin Matthews ("Rocky")
Best director of a musical: Casey Nicholaw (Aladdin), Darko Tresnjak ("A Gentleman's Guide") Alex Timbers (“Rocky"), Michael Mayer (“Hedwig”) and if a fifth Leigh Silverman (“Violet)
Best director of a play: John Tiffany ("The Glass Menagerie"), Sam Gold ("The Realistic Joneses), Joe Mantello ("Casa Valentina"), Bill Rauch ()"All the Way") and if there is a fifth, Tom Carroll ("Twelfth Night")
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