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Many familiar Broadway veterans – some previous champs and some looking for their first trophy – will face off against quite a few newcomers on June 10 when the Tony Awards are handed out at the Beacon Theater.
In the battle for Best Actress (Musical), four-time featured champ Audra McDonald (“The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess”) is looking for her first lead win. She contends against Jan Maxwell (“Follies“), Cristin Milioti (“Once), Kelli O‘Hara (“Nice Work If You Can Get It“) and Laura Osnes (“Bonnie and Clyde“).
Among those in contention for Best Actress (Play) are past champs Stockard Channing (“Other Desert Cities“) Linda Lavin (“The Lyons“) and Cynthia Nixon (“Wit“). Nina Arianda (“Venus in Fur“) and Tracie Bennett (“End of the Rainbow“) round out the race.
Tony winners James Earl Jones (“Gore Vidal’s The Best Man“) Frank Langella (“Man and Boy“), and John Lithgow (“The Columnist“) are up for Best Actor (Play) as are James Corden (“One Man, Two Guvnors“) and Oscar winner Philip Seymour Hoffman (“Death of a Salesman”).