All 10 of our Experts are predicting that “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” will win this prize. Although it has never been staged on Broadway, this 1998 off-Broadway cult hit has been produced elsewhere often enough that the Tonys deemed it to be part of the “popular repertoire” and, therefore, only eligible to contend as a revival.
“Hedwig” star Neil Patrick Harris is also tipped to win his first Tony bid for his bravura performance as the gender-bending title character. This red-hot production, which is breaking box office records at the Belasco, reaped eight nominations.
Predicting it to prevail on Tonys night are: Thom Geier (EW), Susan Haskins (Theater Talk), Harry Haun (Playbill), Andy Humm (Gay USA), Andy Lefkowitz (Theatermania) Michael Musto (Village Voice), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby), David Sheward (Back Stage) and Matt Windman (amNY).
The other two nominees are “Violet” which, like “Hedwig,” was an off-Broadway hit that never made it to the rialto until now and 1987 Best Musical champ “Les Miserables.” While “Les Miz” is doing boffo box office, it is only ranked third and reaped just two other Tony bids. “Violet” earned four Tony nominations in all, including a bid by two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster (“Thoroughly Modern Millie,” “Anything Goes”) for her change-of-pace performanace as a woman dealing with both physical and emotional scars.
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