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 could well change as 10 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: Martin Denton (NY Theatre), Andy Humm (Gay USA), Brian Lipton (Theatermania), Michael Musto (Village Voice), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby), Mark Shenton (Sunday Express), Doug Strassler (NY Press), Matt Windman (amNY) and Wayman Wong (NY Daily News).
One of our experts — David Sheward (Theater Life) — is predicting that “Lucky Guy” by the late Nora Ephron will prevail. 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.
And Thom Geir (EW) foresees a second win for Richard Greenberg (“Take Me Out,” 2003) who penned the period piece “The Assembled Parties,” a family drama set in 1950s New York.
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