David Sheward has been on the Broadway beat for years so it is no surprise that he proved to be our savviest expert at predicting nominations in the top nine categories for this year’s Tony Awards.
Sheward, who writes for a variety of theater publications including Theater Life, scored 81%. He aced three of the races, correctly foreseeing all the contenders for musical actress as well as both musical and play revival.
A trio of our pro pundits — Brian Lipton (Theatermania), Michael Musto (Village Voice) and Wayman Wong (NY Daily News) — all got 79%. All three predicted “Orphans” reaping that surprise play revival nomination.
Right behind them with 78% were another trio: Thom Geier (EW), Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby) and Matt Windman (amNY). Geier nailed both revival races while Windman was wise enough to predict that musical actor bid by Santino Fontana (“Cinderella”).
Four of our experts — Melissa Bernardo (EW), Harry Haun (Playbill), Andy Humm (Gay USA) and Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby) — scored 76%.
Doug Strassler (NY Press) came in at 73% while Martin Denton (NY Theatre) got 70%.