[WATCH] Tony Awards predictions preview: Creative arts races are key to winning our contest

With only a few days until this year’s Tony Awards ceremony, Gold Derby’s in-house Tony trio — Executive Editor Paul Sheehan, contributor David Buchanan and myself — convened via webcam to dish our predictions for the toughest categories to predict: the creative awards. After watching our slugfest (above), in which we give a complete rundown of these races can be the key to winning our contest, be sure to make your Tony Awards predictions. You have until 7 p.m ET/4 p.m. PT on Sunday June 12. Get started HERE.

[WATCH] Tony Awards 2016 predictions preview: Will ‘Hamilton’ set new record?

While we note that there has been much discussion this season over what constitutes a good book of a musical, we all come to the obvious agreement that Lin-Manuel Miranda will take both Book and Score awards for his hip-hop juggernaut “Hamilton.”.

But the Best Musical front-runner may not be unstoppable in other below-the-line categories. I offer that the award for Choreography is one of the tightest races of the night, with a battle between Andy Blankenbuehler for “Hamilton” and Savion Glover‘s tap numbers in “Shuffle Along.” David is firmly on team Glover, stating it’s the “one award that ‘Shuffle Along’ absolutely wins” and “almost every single number in ‘Shuffle Along’ is a full-blown production”.

As for the design categories, we all agree “Hamilton” probably doesn’t need to worry about Howell Binkley’s lighting prevailing. We all also have the hip-hop musical out front for Paul Tazewell‘s costumes though we concede Ann Roth’s glittering flapper era digs make “Shuffle Along” a potential spoiler. However, Scenic Design could be the one design category where the “HamilTonys” come to a halt. I note that David Rockwell’s lavish jewel box set for “She Loves Me” could be “the only thing ‘She Loves Me’ wins despite all its nominations.”

[WATCH] Tony Awards 2016 predictions preview: Battle for Best Play between ‘The Humans’ and ‘Eclipsed

As we move into the design races for Plays, picking winners becomes a bit harder.  Considering Beowulf Borritt‘s extravagantly designed “Therese Raquin” has long closed, David Zinn could have an easy path to victory for his two-story apartment set design in “The Humans.” I cross my fingers hoping that Jane Greenwood can finally become a Tony winner on her 20th try for her stellar costumes in “Long Day’s Journey into Night,” But as David points out, this category could be the only place for voters to reward the critically acclaimed “Eclipsed,” even if Clint Ramos’ designs are modern, casual dress.

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Paul attempts to end the video there before we have to remind him of the toughest of the creative categories to predict: Lighting Design (Play). After attempting to figure out how much voters may know or appreciate about the various challenges the nominated lighting designers face and if double nominee Jan Versweyveld can win for a closed show, it seems we are none the wiser as to who can manage a win. This one is a four-horse race.

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