You decide: Who will win at the Tony Awards?

Many familiar Broadway veterans — some previous champs and some looking for their first trophy — will face off against quite a few newcomers at this year’s Tonys. Acting contenders can appear in either new plays and musicals or revivals of rialto fare. Forty productions are slated for this season, which runs from last May to the last week of April. 

Before the nominations are unveiled on April 30, you can predict who will prevail at these top theater kudos on June 9. Visit our Tony Awards landing page to review of all the potential contenders and then head over to our prediction center to log your forecasts for the eventual slate in each race. Rank them in the order of their likelihood to win and earn bragging rights that you were the first to forecast these victories. (Signing up for a free account takes just a minute or log in via Facebook.)

Adaptations dominate the list of new musicals eligible for consideration, including “Matilda,” based on Roald Dahl‘s children’s book; “Kinky Boots,” previously a 2005 film directed by Julian Jarrold; and “Bring It On,” inspired by the 2000 cheerleading film starring Kirsten Dunst.

The four girls who share the title role in “Matilda” — Sophia Gennusa, Oona Laurence, Bailey Ryon, and Milly Shapiro — may go up against another young actress for the Best Actress in a Musical award: Lilla Crawford, who stars in the revival of “Annie.” Two recent nominees in this category are also in the running again: 2011 “Sister Act” nominee Patina Miller, who contends for the revival of “Pippin,” and 2012 “Bonnie and Clyde” nominee Laura Osnes, who could be nominated for playing the title role in “Cinderella.”

As Daddy Warbucks in “Annie,” Broadway first-timer Anthony Warlow could contend for Best Actor in a Musical, where he could face the stars of “Kinky Boots”: Billy Porter and Stark Sands. Previous Tony-nominee Brandon Victor Dixon could earn his first leading nomination for the jukebox musical “Motown.” Jim Norton won a Tony in 2008 for the play “The Seafarer,” and this year could earn a bid for the musical “The Mystery of Edwin Drood.”

New plays in the running include the late Nora Ephron‘s “Lucky Guy,” starring two-time Oscar champ Tom Hanks; Christopher Durang‘s “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” with David Hyde Pierce and Sigourney Weaver; and Douglas Carter Beane‘s “The Nance,” starring two-time Tony-winner Nathan Lane.

In addition to those well-known stars, potential acting contenders for plays include “Game of Thrones” star Emilia Clarke in “Breakfast at Tiffanys,” Alec Baldwin in “Orphans,” Bette Midler in “Ill Eat You Last,” Tony-winner Alan Cumming in “Macbeth,” Emmy champ Jim Parsons in “Harvey,” Jessica Chastain in “The Heiress,” Tony-winner Scarlett Johansson in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” and more.

With several shows set to open this month in the hopes of making a strong last impression on Tony-voters, which shows and performers will come out on top? You decide. 

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