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

With only a few days until this year’s Tony Awards ceremony, Gold Derby’s in-house Tony trio — Executive Editor Paul Sheehan, contributor Sam Eckmann and myself — convened via webcam to dish our predictions for the top seven Play categories. After watching our slugfest (above) in which we give a complete rundown of these races 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.

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While we are in agreement that “The Humans” will win Best Play with “Eclipsed” running a close second, we are divided on our prediction for Best Play Revival. Although I remain steadfast in my belief that “A View from the Bridge” will prevail, Sam considers the race a “coin toss” between my pick and “Long Day’s Journey into Night,” which has the most Tony nominations of any play this year. Regardless of what production takes that title, it’s almost certain that Ivo van Hove will win the Best Director trophy for “A View from the Bridge.” As Sam points out van Hove, who directed two Broadway and two Off-Broadway productions this year, “has the narrative this season even though his work is divisive.”

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In the top acting categories, we are convinced that Jessica Lange will win her first Tony Award for her performance as Mary Tyrone in “Long Day’s Journey into Night.”  Paul, the historian of our trio, reminds us that if Lange succeeds, she will become the 22nd Triple Crown winner, a title earned by actors and actresses who have won an Oscar, an Emmy, and a Tony.  The Best Actor category looks a lot less certain, as we all waver between Frank Langella (“The Father”) and Mark Strong (“A View from the Bridge”).  I urge Paul and Sam to keep an eye on Jeff Daniels (“Blackbird”), though, who has been heavily campaigning for the win.  As I point out, Daniels has a track record with huge upsets at major awards: “He did it for ‘The Newsroom’ at the Emmys and he could totally do it here!”

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As for the Featured categories, it seems likely that “The Humans” will make a clean sweep.  In Featured Actor, theatre veteran Reed Birney continues to be the frontrunner, although Michael Shannon (“Long Day’s Journey into Night”) has picked up some precursor prizes for his performance. Birney’s costar, Jayne Houdyshell, also beloved in the industry, seems likely to walk away with her first Tony for Featured Actress, even though I think “Eclipsed” actress Saycon Sengbloh could upset.

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