Christopher Durang has enjoyed great success off Broadway with long-running hits like “Sister Mary Ignatius” but found little love on Broadway till now. However, that is set to change as all of our experts expect his hit “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” to take home the top Tony for Best Play.
This wry comedy stars Durang’s longtime muse Sigourney Weaver who was snubbed by the Tonys for her bravura performance as the prodigal daughter who returns home to wreak havoc. The other three players of the title roles — four-time Emmy champ David Hyde Pierce (“Frasier”), theater vet Kristine Nielsen and Broadway newcomer Billy Magnussen — all contend for Tonys as does scene stealer Shalita Grant.
Those backing Durang’s bid are: Melissa Bernardo (EW), Martin Denton (NY Theatre), Thom Geir (EW), Susan Haskins (Theater Talk), Harry Haun (Playbill), Andy Humm (Gay USA), Brian Lipton (Theatermania), Michael Musto, Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby), Mark Shenton (Sunday Express), David Sheward (Theater Life), Doug Strassler (NY Press), Matt Windman (amNY) and Wayman Wong (NY Daily News).
In second place is “Lucky Guy” by the late Nora Ephron. This heartfelt play tells the story of Pulitzer-winning journalist Mike McLary and marks the Broadway debut of two-time Oscar champ Tom Hanks who is far in front for Best Actor (Play). As the actor has a shelf full of Emmys for producing fare such as “Game Change,” a win here would mean he is just a Grammy away from completing the EGOT.
Tony champ Richard Greenberg (“Take Me Out,” 2003) is unlikely to pick up a bookend for the period piece “The Assembled Parties,” a family drama set in 1950s New York.
“The Testament of Mary,” which shuttered after just a few performances, reaped a surprise nomination for Irish novelist Colm Toibin.
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