Tony Awards predictions slugfest: David Sheward vs. Paul Sheehan (Podcast)

David Sheward, one of the leading Tony Awards experts, has joined Gold Derby to write about these top theater kudos. This one-time executive editor of Backstage has been contributing his predictions to Gold Derby since we launched and often scores the best among our pundits. I spoke to him Sunday to get his take on the top races before Tuesday’s announcement of the nominations. (Listen to our podcast below and then enter our Tony Awards predictions contest). 

We agree that the line-up on the play side looks pretty solid. Both of us are predicting the Brit hit Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” will win Best Play while its lead, newcomer Alex Sharp, looks like a lock for Best Actor. And we are both backing Helen Mirren to win her first Tony for recreating her Oscar-winning performance as Queen Elizabeth II from “The Queen” in “The Audience.”

However, we are divided as to the tuner that will take Best Musical. David is backing the commercial hit “Something Rotten” while I am opting for the critical darling “Fun Home.” Likewise, we are each each touting the leading men of those respective shows — Brian D’Arcy James and Michael Cerveris — for Best Musical Actor. And in the competitive Musical Actress race, David is predicting another Tony for Chita Rivera for her farewell performance in “The Visit” while I am forecasting that five-time also-ran Kelli O’Hara for “The King and I” (which we both agree will win Best Musical Revival) will finally prevail 

See David’s predictions here and mine here. And be sure compare them to the rest of our Experts here.

Then get started on your own Tony nominations predictions by predicting the Best Musical roster by clicking on the icon to the right or by using our easy drag-and-drop menu below. Your picks will be pooled with all of the others to generate our official racetrack odds. Have this year’s best predictions and you’ll win a $100 Amazon gift card (if you qualify according to our contest rules).

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