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    Have I left any actors off this list? Are any of the actors from Bronx Bombers or Casa Valentina considered Leads?

    Sebastian Arcelus, A Time To Kill
    Samuel Barnett, Twelfth Night
    Orlando Bloom, Romeo and Juliet
    Daniel Craig, Betrayal
    Bryan Cranston, All the Way
    Santino Fontana, Act One
    James Franco, Of Mice and Men
    Michael C. Hall, The Realistic Joneses
    Ethan Hawke, Macbeth
    Tracy Letts, The Realistic Joneses
    Ian McKellan, No Man’s Land/Waiting For Godot
    Brian F. O’Byrne, Outside Mullinger
    Chris O’Dowd, Of Mice and Men
    Zachary Quinto, The Glass Menagerie
    Daniel Radcliffe, The Cripple Of Inishmaan
    Roger Rees, The Winslow Boy
    Mark Rylance, Richard III
    Tony Shalhoub, Act One
    Rafe Spall, Betrayal
    Stephen Spinella, The Velocity Of Autumn
    Patrick Stewart, No Man’s Land/Waiting For Godot
    Denzel Washington, A Raisin In The Sun
    Frederick Weller, Mothers and Sons

    Any of these going to be in the Featured category?

    Total guess on the five finalists: Samuel Barnett, Bryan Cranston, Zachary Quinto, Daniel Radcliffe and Mark Rylance

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    Benedick
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    Sebastian Arcelus is Leading Actor for A Time To Kill, Patrick Page is Featured
    The Sunshine Boys is not coming to Broadway this season

    Many of these have yet to open or even begin previews, but they seem like good guesses. Tony Shalhoub in Act One could be leading as well. 

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    Benedick
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    Casa Valentina we won’t know for sure until the admin committee hands down its decisions, as MTC has a policy of billing everyone in the cast below the title, alphabetically.

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    Tony Ruiz
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    Cranston has some really awesome reviews coming in…it could be a showdown between him and Radcliffe.  I don’t see Rylance as much of a threat since he only did Richard III twice a week, and critics regarded it as the weaker of his two performances. I can’t see Washington winning for Raisin.

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    dj
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    I saw Cranston in All the Way last week and like critics are saying, he is outstanding in it. Looks like Lead Actor in a Play is going to be filled with film stars this year. Right now I see Cranston as a lock for a nomination and possibly the win, however there’s Radcliffe, Franco, Quinto, Washington, Hall and of course Rylance is always a huge threat. Great year for theatre!

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    FreemanGriffin
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    My problem with Denzel Washington is he is way way way too old for his role. I also don’t get why exactly we need yet another revival of A Raisin In the Sun. It’s a well-written play but it is dated and unneccesary for today. Broadway is often quite regressive. While some of the performances were quite good in the last revival (Phylicia Rashad and Audra McDonald both won Tony awards for it), it was an unneccesary revival imo. Agitprop plays are so much of their time that they become too dated. If you want to see A Raisin In The Sun, the movie is available and it is outstanding, with the original broadway cast intact – esp. good was Diana Sands as Beneatha.

    I am hoping the Tony committee nominates Samuel Barnett for Twelfth Night. They often favor theatre actors over movie and television actors and I hope that will be the case again this year. There are way more than 5 potential nominees so there will be definitely be some wonderful performances left off this year’s nominee list in this category.

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    I saw Cranston in All the Way last week and like critics are saying, he is outstanding in it. Looks like Lead Actor in a Play is going to be filled with film stars this year. Right now I see Cranston as a lock for a nomination and possibly the win, however there’s Radcliffe, Franco, Quinto, Washington, Hall and of course Rylance is always a huge threat. Great year for theatre!

    Not to mention McKellen, Stewart, Barnett, O’Dowd and Shaloub.  Brutal.

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    adamunc
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    Tony nominators have turned a definitive cold shoulder to Daniel Radcliffe twice in the past. (I’m still very surprised he didn’t get in for Equus–he blew Richard Griffiths, who seemed to be phoning it in to me, off the stage at the performance I saw.) I’ll be curious to see if he breaks through this time–based on the depth of the pool this year, I’d say he’s got a hell of an uphill battle.

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    vinny
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    I’m seeing “Of Mice and Men” on Saturday at 2.  Its rear balcony tickets but I can’t pass up the chance to see this one. I can tell you how good Franco is that day.

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    Let us also know about Chris O’Dowd – who has the showier role of Lenny – and Leighton Meester as well as James Franco. George can be a touching role but it’s Lenny that usually gets the acting kudos… and Anna D. Shapiro’s direction… I’ve heard good word of mouth about this production of Of Mice and Men! (:

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    vinny
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    Let us also know about Chris O’Dowd – who has the showier role of Lenny – and Leighton Meester as well as James Franco. George can be a touching role but it’s Lenny that usually gets the acting kudos… and Anna D. Shapiro’s direction… I’ve heard good word of mouth about this production of Of Mice and Men! (:

    Will do!  

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    Well Of Mice and Men has gotten mostly respectable reviews. Except the Times which didnt seem to care much. Chris O’Dowd seems to be a consensus favorite from the production. James Franco got just OK reviews mostly …and then this happened: http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/James-Franco-Calls-Out-Ben-Brantley-for-New-York-Times-Review-of-OF-MICE-AND-MEN-20140417#.U1AGVPldXTp

     

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    vinny
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    I liked Franco but Chris stole the show. Overall, a great play. As an earlt birthday gift my cousin got tickets to Newsies for me and him so thats going to be in two weeks

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    I honestly really hope Of Mice and Men is completely shut out for that vulgar and classless act on Franco’s part. At least he has no chance of being nominated, so maybe when the nominations are announced, and his show fails to make it into any of the key categories because of such steep competition, he’ll shut up and his ego won’t be quite so obnoxious. However, that being said, I could see Chris O’Dowd pulling off a shocker and being nominated for Best Lead Actor, a la Tom Sturridge in Orphans last year; both are flashy roles that stole the thunder from an otherwise unspectacular, if respectable, revival, and they both had their bows right before the nominations were announced, which certainly helps to keep it fresh in Tony voters’ minds.

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    vinny
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    I honestly really hope Of Mice and Men is completely shut out for that vulgar and classless act on Franco’s part. At least he has no chance of being nominated, so maybe when the nominations are announced, and his show fails to make it into any of the key categories because of such steep competition, he’ll shut up and his ego won’t be quite so obnoxious. However, that being said, I could see Chris O’Dowd pulling off a shocker and being nominated for Best Lead Actor, a la Tom Sturridge in Orphans last year; both are flashy roles that stole the thunder from an otherwise unspectacular, if respectable, revival, and they both had their bows right before the nominations were announced, which certainly helps to keep it fresh in Tony voters’ minds.

    Yeah that whole thing with that girl wasn’t his finest hour but I kinda find it funny too. Saying that, what he did to the critic was just bad. Hopefully, it won’t cost him a nomination though. 2014 is not his year so far with the press.  

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