Tony Awards experts: ‘Curious Incident’ will win Best Play, ‘Wolf Hall’ could spoil

Our baker's dozen of Experts have been busy updating their predictions since the Tony Awards nominations were announced on April 26. All 13 of us Tonywatchers think that the Brit hit "Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" will win Best Play when these awards are handed out on June 7. We think that if any of the other nominees is to pull off an upset, it will be another import from the UK, the epic "Wolf Hall: Parts 1 and 2."

"Curious Incident" is Simon Stephens's adaptation of Mark Haddon's bestselling novel about an autistic teenager who sets out to solve a crime. It contends for six Tony Awards in all. This kaleidiscope of sights and sounds dominated the Outer Critics Circle Awards on Monday, winning five prizes including Best Play and Best Actor (Alex Sharpas well as Direction, Lighting and Set Design.

"Wolf Hall" is based on Hilary Mantel's award-winning novels about the court of King Henry VIII. The RSC showcases Mike Poulton's adaptation with a lavish two-part staging that reaped eight Tony bids in all. 

Predicting "Curious Incident" to prevail are: Entertainment Weekly's Melissa Bernardo and Jason ClarkThom GeierSusan Haskins (Theater Talk), Harry Haun (Playbill), Andy Humm (Gay USA), Michael Musto (Out.com), Jesse Oxfeld (Forward), Matt Windman (amNY), Wayman Wong (Talkin' Broadway) and all three of us — Tom O'NeilDavid Sheward and me — here at Gold Derby. That support gives it leading odds of 1/20. 

None of the other three nominees snagged any first-place votes from the Experts. However, because "Wolf Hall" was ranked the highest of these also-rans, it has odds of 33/1 while "Hand to God" sits at 50/1 and the 2013 Pulitzer champ "Disgraced" is at 100/1. 

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When it came to predicting the Tony Awards last year, the Experts tied the Top 24 Users (those users with the best scores predicting the 2013 winners) with an overall accuracy rate of 85% while our Editors were at 73%. (Click on each group's name to see their overall results from last year.)

Even before the nominations were announced last year, the collective opinion of both our Experts and Top 24 Users had foreseen that "All the Way" would win Best Play. Both groups nailed 21 of the other races as well.

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