Six of our nine Experts are predicting that “All the Way” will go the distance. This political drama is a revisiting by Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Schenkkan (“The Kentucky Cycle”) of the first year in the presidency of Lyndon Johnson. Four-time Emmy champ Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad“) reaped the play’s only other nomination for his portrayal of the beleaguered president.
Predicting it to prevail on Tonys night are: Thom Geier (EW), Harry Haun (Playbill), Michael Musto (Village Voice), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby) and David Sheward (Back Stage).
Andy Humm (Gay USA) and Andy Lefkowitz (Theatermania) likes the looks of “Casa Valentina,” a tender drama about cross-dressers in the 1950s that marks a return to the rialto for four-time Tony champ Harvey Fierstein. He won this award in 1983 for “Torch Song Trilogy” and picked up the Best Actor award then too. His new show contends for four Tonys in all, including a Featured Actress bid by Emmy winner Mare Winningham and a Featured Actor nod for theater vet Reed Birney.
And Matt Windman (amNY) favors “Mothers and Sons,” a searing drama from Tony winner Terrence McNally that examines the lives of those affected by the AIDS crisis. McNally won back-to-back Best Play races in 1995 and 1996 for “Love! Valour! Compassion!” and “Master Class.” Emmy darling Tyne Daly reaped the only other nomination for his new work.
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