Tony Awards experts: Bryan Cranston will go ‘All the Way’ and win Best Actor (Play)

Our Experts are in complete agreement that Bryan Cranston will Best Actor (Play) at the Tony Awards on June 8 for his performance as Lyndon Johnson in “All the Way.” This new work by Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Schenkkan (“The Kentucky Cycle”) tops our Experts predictions for Best Play.

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All 14 of our Experts are predicting that this four-time Emmy champ for “Breaking Bad” will take home this top theater prize for his Broadway debut. 

Our Experts are: Melissa Bernardo (EW), Thom Geier (EW), Susan Haskin (Theater Talk), Harry Haun (Playbill), Andy Humm (Gay USA), Andy Lefkowitz (Theatermania), Brian LiptonMichael Musto (Village Voice), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby), David Sheward (TheaterLife), Doug Strassler (NY Press), Matt Windman (amNY) and Wayman Wong (Talkin Broadway).

Tony Awards experts: ‘All the Way’ predicted to win Best Play

Among the other nominees is two-time category champ Mark Rylance (“Boeing-Boeing,” 2008; “Jerusalem,” 2011) for playing the title role in “Richard III.” He also contends for his featured performance in “Twelfth Night“; that show’s leading man, Samuel Barnett, is also up for this award. 

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Three-time Emmy champ Tony Shalhoub (“Monk”) reaped his first lead bid for his scene-stealing turns as both the elder Hart and his writing partner George S. Kaufman in the smash hit adaptation of Moss Hart‘s beloved memoir “Act One.” He contended last year for his featured performance in “Golden Boy.” 

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And Chris O’Dowd reaped a bid for his Broadway debut in the first rialto revival of John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men” in 40 years. 

See how our Experts rank predictions in each category. See charts detailing their racetrack odds (click “More” within each category box to see extended data). Review contenders here and enter predictions here or start below with Best Actor (Play) by using our easy drag-and-drop menu. 

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