Experts predict ‘Clybourne Park,’ ‘Death of a Salesman’ to win play prizes at Tonys

Our Experts are split about which new work will win Best Play at the Tony Awards on June 10.

Six of our dozen Experts are backing last year’s Pulitzer Prize champ “Clybourne Park.” The drama is a revisiting by Bruce Norris of the landscape first explored by Lorraine Hansberry in “A Raisin in the Sun.” Predicting it to prevail on Tonys night are: Thom Geier (EW), Andy Humm (Gay USA), Brian Lipton (Theatermania), Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby), David Sheward (Back Stage) and Matt Windman (amNY). 

Five pundits believe the searing domestic drama “Other Desert Cities” will bag the top Tony Award. This first play by Jon Robin Baitz to run on the rialto was a finalist for this year’s Pulitzer. The Experts endorsing it are: Melissa Bernardo (EW),  Martin Denton (NY Theatre), Michael Musto (Village Voice), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby) and Wayman Wong (NY Daily News). One of our pundits — Martin Denton (NY Theater) — foresees “The Lyons” slaying the competition. 

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All of our Experts expect that Arthur Miller‘s 1949 Pulitzer and Tony champ “Death of a Salesman” will win Best Play Revival. The second remounting of Gore Vidal’s 1960 political drama “The Best Man” is in second place. 

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