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 five of our nine 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 and three-time Emmy winner David Hyde Pierce as battling siblings.
Those backing Durang’s bid are Andy Humm (Gay USA), Brian Lipton (Theatermania), Michael Musto (Village Voice), Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby) and Wayman Wong (NY Daily News).
Two of our experts — David Sheward (Back Stage) and Doug Strassler (NY Press) — are 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 winner Tom Hanks.
Martin Denton (NY Theatre) is backing “The Other Place,” the first work by rising playwright Sharr White to make it to the rialto. This searing drama explores the effects of Alzheimer’s on a high-powered businesswoman (three-time Emmy winner Laurie Metcalf).
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