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  • FreemanGriffin
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    Zach Braff, Bullets Over Broadway
    Norbert Leo Butz, Big Fish
    Neil Patrick Harris, Hedwing & The Angry Inch
    James Monroe Iglehart, Aladdin (lead or support?)
    Adam Jacobs, Aladdin
    Ramin Karimloo, Les Miserables
    Andy Karl, Rocky
    Zachary Levi, First Date
    Jefferson Mays, A Gentleman’s Guide To Murder
    Stephen Pasquale, The Bridges Of Madison County
    Bryce Pinkham, A Gentleman’s Guide To Murder
    Will Swenson, Les Miserables

    Anyone missing?

    My wild early guess: Norbert Leo Butz, Andy Karl, Zachary Levi, Jefferson Mays and Bryce Pinkham

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    Macbeth
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    Neil Patrick Harris is getting in and is going to be competitive for the win 

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    dude93
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    Iglehart is clearly featured… why in the world would he be petitioned as lead? 

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    FreemanGriffin
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    I think Neil Patrick Harris as Hedwig could potentially go spectacularly wrong – I happened to HATE HATE HATE the movie, which may very well be one of my least favorite films of all time, so that might be the problem for me (and what an awful score too! Screeching mess!) On the other hand, the crtitics might go gaga over his performance, I dunno…. not so convinced that he’s a definite lock.

    Well, Bertie Carvel was clearly featured and was nominated in the lead category! (;

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    Karl William
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    Well with Bertie Carvel there was no clear lead and they wanted to clear the way for Gabriel Ebert, who ended up winning, to be nominated in featured. In “Aladdin” they’re going to want to get as many nominations as possible, so Jacobs would be the clear lead and Iglehart is the clear featured.

    I don’t like predicting Tonys this early since there is really no indicators, but I do think Harris has a good chance of being nominated barring for a trainwreck of the revival.

     

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    Macbeth
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    I think Neil Patrick Harris as Hedwig could potentially go spectacularly wrong – I happened to HATE HATE HATE the movie, which may very well be one of my least favorite films of all time, so that might be the problem for me (and what an awful score too! Screeching mess!) On the other hand, the crtitics might go gaga over his performance, I dunno…. not so convinced that he’s a definite lock.

    Well, Bertie Carvel was clearly featured and was nominated in the lead category! (;

    Well, I LOVE LOVE LOVE the movie and I think Neil Patrick Harris could potentially go spectacularly amazing  

    Don’t let personal feelings get into your judgement  

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    SamEckmann
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    @FreemanGriffith Id have to completely disagree about Hedwig. Love the show and movie, and I find the score incredibly intricate and lyrically powerful. And considering its a two person musical, mostly focusing on Hedwig, its an incredible actror showcase. NPH would have to royally fuck this one up to not get nominated for it. 

    And dude93 is correct. Inglehart is featured in Aladdin. No one was billed above title in Toronto, but Jacobs appeared on his own top billing line with Inglehart below him. (Given that he and his number “Friend Like Me” is the only performance univerally praised out of toronto, i think he stands the best shot Aladdin has for an acting nomination).  

    Early Predicitons
    1.) Neil Patrick Harris
    2.) Jefferson Mays
    3.) Ramin Karimloo
    4.) Andy Karl
    5.) Bryce Pinkham 

    Spoilers: Zach Braff, Will Swenson 

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    Tony Ruiz
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    I really think this will be a two man race between Jefferson Mays and Neil Patrick Harris.  Harris is beloved in the theater community, and they might love the chance to reward him.  But I really think Jefferson Mays is in front right now.  His show has been open the longest, and he gets to do a lot more in the show, playing eight different characters.  This could go either way.  We will have to see what the reviews for Hedwig are going to look like.

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    FreemanGriffin
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    Television and movie actors often don’t do so well when it comes to delivering 8 performances a week, having to project and use very different acting muscles than they do in front of the camera, so I don’t see Neil Patrick Harris as such a big lock as others do. In other words, the jury is still out (the reviews). He’s been great as a Tony awards host, but that’s just one performance and it’s not the same as being on the stage throughout a 2 hour or so performance. The Tony nominating committees usually prefer theatre-trained performers over the movie and television stars (with the exception being those who did extensive stage work before they became television or movie stars). I’m not as convinced that Neil Patrick Harris is going to get a nomination, but I’m not saying he won’t either… it’s simply too soon to tell…

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    dude93
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    I can see Harris being snubbed quite easily tbh, also Karimloo due to the overdone Les Mis factor with the recent film version, etc. 

    I think Aladdin‘s only acting nod will be for Inglehart too 

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    Tony Ruiz
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    Television and movie actors often don’t do so well when it comes to delivering 8 performances a week, having to project and use very different acting muscles than they do in front of the camera, so I don’t see Neil Patrick Harris as such a big lock as others do. In other words, the jury is still out (the reviews). He’s been great as a Tony awards host, but that’s just one performance and it’s not the same as being on the stage throughout a 2 hour or so performance. The Tony nominating committees usually prefer theatre-trained performers over the movie and television stars (with the exception being those who did extensive stage work before they became television or movie stars). I’m not as convinced that Neil Patrick Harris is going to get a nomination, but I’m not saying he won’t either… it’s simply too soon to tell…

    I would hardly call NPH merely a television actor.  He has proven himself to be a very good stage actor.  He’s done Rent, Cabaret, Assasins, etc.  He knows how to do 8 performances a week…though for this show he’s only doing seven.  As long as he gets just respectable reviews, then I don’t see how he doesn’t get a nod.  His popularity and his presence in the theater community will certainly make him a nominee. 

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    Irishmovielover4ever
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    I don’t see Jefferson Mays as a threat for the win, when the reviews came out it was Bryce Pinkham who got the better reviews. If Harris does the role right he will be unbeatable.

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    Tony Ruiz
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    Mays most certainly IS the frontrunner.  Almost every review has praised Mays to the hilt…Mays was rapturously praised in the opening paragraph of the reviews from Hollywood Reporter, Huff Po, Bloomberg, NY Daily News, Ny Post, USA Today.  Pinkham received several strong reviews, but he also received some negative reviews as well.

    Mays has the stronger reviews, the more dynamic character, the show has done well at the box office.  He is most certainly the front runner. 

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    SamEckmann
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    Neil Patrick Harris IS a theatrically trained actor. He was in the broadway company of Assassins and a replacement in Proof and Cabaret. He also did Rent in LA and a concert verison of Sweeney Todd (LuPone’s first foray as Mrs Lovett). So he certainly does know how to handle himself on stage. He also has stage time with magic acts, and has directed a few theatrical productions as well. So the point FreemanGriffith made about him not knowing how to act on stage 8 shows a week is false, and moot. The Tonys have awarded the likes of Catherine Zeta Jones (started in theatre but had a long gap since her last stage performance and A Little Night Music) and Scarlett Johansson (in her broadway debut with only one off-broadway show preceeding it). And imo these two examples were in CZJ’s case: awful, and in ScarJo’s case: good but not the best of the category.

    The race will also come down to Mays and NPH due to the roels they play. Mays gets to create 8 distinctly different people, Harris plays against type in a huge (mostly) solo performance.  The only way Harris doesnt get nominated is if the committee holds the seven performance schedule against him. But then again, he isnt using an understudy which many will commend. 

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    M H
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    Is Anthony Rapp lead or featured in “If/Then”? 

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