Tony Awards experts: Best Play Revival battle looming

Our Experts are divided about which remounting will win Best Play Revival at the Tony Awards on June 8. 

Seven of our 14 Experts are predicting that “Twelfth Night” will take this prize. Since a separate Tony was created just for revivals in 1977, nine stagings of plays by William Shakespeare have contended but just two have won: “Othello” (1982) and “Henry IV’ (2004).

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Five expect “The Glass Menagerie” to break its Tony curse. While the original 1946 production of this Tennesse Williams classic came two years before the Tonys, the first five rialto revivals were completely snubbed by these kudos, despite starring such Tony darlings as Maureen Stapleton (1965, 1975), Jessica Tandy (1983) and Julie Harris (1994) as well as two-time Oscar winner Jessica Lange (2005). 

And two predict that Martin McDonagh‘s “The Cripple of Inishmaan” will prevail. 

Those Experts backing the bard are: Melissa Bernardo (EW), Susan Haskin (Theater Talk), Harry Haun (Playbill), Andy Humm (Gay USA), Brian LiptonMichael Musto (Village Voice), David Sheward (Back Stage) and Matt Windman (amNY).

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Williams’ work has the support of: Thom Geier (EW), Andy Lefkowitz (Theatermania), Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby), Doug Strassler (NY Press) and Wayman Wong (Talkin Broadway).  

And Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby) and David Sheward (TheaterLife) tip the first Broadway production of McDonagh’s regional theater staple. 

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