Tony, Tony, Tony! :: Award Predictions Here!
"Broadway is not just for gays anymore!" sang Neil Patrick Harris when he opened the 2011 Tony Awards, but the openly gay superstar is likely to be singing a different tune on Sunday, June 8 after he takes home his first Tony Award as Best Actor in a Musical for "Hedwig and the Angry Inch"
This year’s Tonys, to be hosted the hunkalicious Hugh Jackman at Radio City Music Hall, features some of the most competitive races in recent history! And Harris’ category is no exception. He’s up against four other mega-talented males, including dreamboats Ramin Karimloo ("Les Miserables") and Andy Karl ("Rocky"), along with past winner Jefferson Mays, whose astounding ability to play a wide variety of characters (including some possible homos and a couple of women) in the Victorian-themed "A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder" makes him a strong contender. But Harris will still come out on top (ahem) for his exhausting, exhilarating portrayal of the transgendered German singer in John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask’s popular musical.
"Hedwig and the Angry Inch" will also take home the top honors in the Best Revival of a Musical category over "Les Miz" and the equally worthy "Violet", and the marvelous Michael Mayer may well take home his second Tony as Best Director of a Musical, although he faces super-stiff competition from "Gentleman’s Guide" inventive helmer Darko Tresnjak.
The Best Musical race is another close one, but the Carole King biotuner "Beautiful" is my bet to nab the big prize (since it will be especially popular with baby boomers, road-show producers, and anyone who’s ever owned a copy of King’s "Tapestry,"). Meanwhile, that show’s wonderful leading lady, Jessie Mueller, will feel the earth move under her feet when she triumphs over such sublime stars as Kelli O’Hara ("The Bridges of Madison County"), Sutton Foster ("Violet") and Idina Menzel ("If/Then").
In the Featured Actor and Actress in a Musical categories, it will be a magical night for "Aladdin" co-star James Monroe Iglehart, who plays the super-friendly Genie, while the long-overdue Linda Emond as the long-suffering Frau Schneider in "Cabaret" will snatch the statuette from such truly talented youngsters as "Beautiful"’s Anika Larsen and "Gentleman’s Guide"’s Lauren Worsham. (Trust me, their time will come!)