Tony Awards predictions slugfest: Paul Sheehan vs. forum posters David Buchanan & Sam Eckmann

Two of our most dedicated theater forum posters — David Buchanan (“Piano Mann”) and Sam Eckmann — chatted with me just hours before the Tony Awards winners are announced Sunday to guide me in making my predictions. Sam and I deferred to David at the outset as he had bested us at the nominations stage, with a score of 89% versus our respectable 86%. (Watch our webcam chat below and then make your own predictions, starting with Best Musical.

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Both David and Sam are predicting that “Fun Home” will win Best Musical while the majority of our Experts expect that award to go to “An American in Paris.” They agree that the Best Actor (Musical) race is one of the tightest with the stars of those two shows — Michael Cerveris and Robert Fairchild — duking it out for the win. However, they concur that Tonys co-host Kristin Chenoweth is all but certain to win Best Actress (Musical) for “On the Twentieth Century.” 

An American in Paris, ‘Fun Home,’ ‘Wolf Hall’ lead Tony Awards nominations

We all think that “Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” will win Best Play and that Helen Mirren simply can’t lost Best Actress (Play) for recreating her Oscar-winning performance as Queen Elizabeth II in “The Audience.” As for Best Actor (Play), the two frontrunners are Broadway newcomers: Alex Sharp (“Curious Incident”) and Steven Boyer (“Hand to God“). 

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See David’s early Tony Awards predictions here, Sam’s here and mine here.  

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