Experts predict Best Actor (Musical) battle at Tony Awards

The race for Best Actor (Musical) is a close one with two Broadway newcomers — Jeremy Jordan (“Newsies“) and Steve Kazee (“Once“) — jostling for the lead. Jordan, who plays the leader of a strke by newsboys in 1899 New York is slightly ahead with odds of 6 to 5. Kazee, as the Irish songwriter inspired by a Czech muse, is in second with odds of 13 to 8. 

Seven of our Experts foresee a victory for Jordan in his second rialto appearance of the season. They are: Andy Humm (Gay USA), Brian Lipton (Theatermania), Michael Musto (Village Voice), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby) David Sheward (Back Stage), Matt Windman (amNY) and Wayman Wong (NY Daily News). 

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Five Experts expect Kazee to win for his Broadway debut: Melissa Bernardo (EW), Martin Denton (NY Theatre), Thom Geier (EW), Blake Ross (Playbill) and Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby). 

The other men expected to contend in this race when nominations are announced Tuesday are two-time featured nominee Danny Burstein (“Follies“) who has odds to win of 20 to 1 as well as Raul Esparza — who has contended unsuccessfully in all four acting categories — for “Leap of Faith” and Norm Lewis (“Porgy and Bess“) who both have odds of 25 to 1.  

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