Tom Hanks tipped to add Tony to awards collection

Tom Hanks is favored to win the Best Actor (Play) Tony Award for his Broadway debut in “Lucky Guy.” He plays real-life journo Mike McClary in this valentine to Gotham penned by Hanks’ pal, the late Nora Ephron (“Sleepless in Seattle”). 

The two-time Oscar champ (“Philadelphia,” 1993; “Forrest Gump,” 1994) has the backing of eight of our dozen experts: Martin Denton (NY Theatre), Michael Musto (Village Voice), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby),  David Sheward (Back Stage), Doug Strassler (NY Press), Matt Windman (amNY) and Wayman Wong (NY Daily News). 

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Two of our experts — Melissa Bernardo (EW) and Brian Lipton (Theatermania) — expect Nathan Lane (“The Nance“) to prevail for his performance as a closeted burlesque performer in the 1930s. Lane has won Tonys for his starring roles in two musicals (“Forum,” 1996; “The Producers,” 2001) and  

Thom Geier (EW) is backing the bid by Alan Cumming who plays all the roles in a new production of “Macbeth.” Cumming won the Best Actor (Musical) award for his work as the emcee in the 1998 revival of “Cabaret.” 

And Andy Humm (Gay USA) expects David Hyde Pierce to prevail for his scene-stealing work in Best Play frontrunner “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.” The four-time Emmy winner (“Frasier”) pulled off an upset in the 2007 Tony musical actor race for “Curtains.” 

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