Tony Awards preview: Can anyone beat Neil Patrick Harris for Best Actor (Musical)?

Neil Patrick Harris, who has won three Emmys as host of the Tony Awards, is tipped to take to the stage this year as a winner of theater’s top honors. 

He is the overwhelming favorite to win Best Actor (Musical) for his critically acclaimed performance as the gender-bending title character in “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.” This marks the first Broadway mounting of the tuner, which ran for years off Broadway at the beginning of the last decade. 

His chief competition is Jefferson Mays, who won the Best Actor (Play) prize back in 2003 for his solo turn in “I Am My Own Wife.” As with that piece, he plays a multitude of characters in “Gentlemans Guide to Love and Murder.” His co-star, Bryce Pinkham, who plays the comically homicidal heir to the fortune of Mays’s eight characters, could also contend. 

Who will win this battle for Best Actor (Musical)?
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Among those looking to fill the other two slots are a slew of talented men, each hoping for their first Tony nomination:

Andy Karl plays the title role in an adaptation of the 1976 Best Picture Oscar champ “Rocky.” While reviews for the show were divided, critics were kinder to Karl who picked up an OCC bid last week.

Ramin Karimloo made his eagerly anticipated Broadway debut as Jean Valjean in the revival of “Les Miserables.” That role earned Colm Wilkinson a Tony nomination for the original 1987 production and an Oscar bid for Hugh Jackman last year. 

The critical and commercial success of “Aladdin could raised the profile of leading man Adam Jacobs

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Emmy nominee Zach Braff (“Scrubs”) makes his Broadway debut in Woody Allen‘s adaptation of his 1993 movie “Bullets Over Broadway.” Again, critics were divided about the show but strong box office could boots Braff into the race. 

And Steve Pasquale could ride the coattails of his leading lady, Kelli O’Hara, to a nomination for “Bridges of Madison County” which has been struggling. 

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