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The 69th annual edition of the Tony Awards will be telecast on CBS tonight (Sunday, June 8) at 8 p.m. PT and ET. While the kudocast will go out live to TV viewers on the east coast, the show will be delayed for west coast fans. The Tony Awards ceremony takes place at Radio City Music Hall and will be hosted by past Tony winners  Alan Cumming (“Cabaret”) and Kristin Chenoweth (“You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown”). Chenoweth is also a nominee this year for her bravura performance in “On the Twentieth Century.” According to the combined predictions of our ExpertsEditorsTop 24 Users (at predicting last year’s awards) and All Users, she will finally win a bookend to her 1999 trophy.

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We expect “Fun Home” to dominate the musical categories, while “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” will be the most awarded play. 

Fun Home” led the Tony nominations with 12 bids, and it’s forecast to lead all Tony winners with six victories: Best Musical, Best Score, Best Book, Best Director, Best Actor (Michael Cerveris) and Best Featured Actress (Judy Kuhn). The new musical “An American in Paris” also had 12 nominations, and it’s expected to prevail in four categories: Best Choreography, Best Orchestrations, Best Scenic Design and Best Lighting Design.

That will leave revivals “The King and I” and “On the Twentieth Century” with two prizes apiece. “The King and I” will take Best Musical Revival and Best Costume Design,” while “Twentieth Century” is the frontrunner for Best Actress (Kristin Chenoweth) and Best Featured Actor (Andy Karl).

Meanwhile, “Curious Incident” is likely to lead among plays with five wins: Best Play, Best Actor (Alex Sharp), Best Director, Best Scenic Design, and Best Lighting Design. The play deals with an autistic boy who investigates the death of the neighbor’s dog. The West End production swept the Olivier Awards in 2013, and the Broadway transfer prevailed in all six of its categories at the recent Drama Desk Awards.

No other play is expected to win more than one award. Best Play Revival will go to “The Elephant Man,” while the remaining acting categories will be split between “The Audience” (Best Actress, Helen Mirren), “It’s Only a Play” (Best Featured Actor, Micah Stock) and “You Can’t Take It With You” (Best Featured Actress, Annaleigh Ashford). “Wolf Hall, Parts 1 and 2” will take the last category: Best Costume Design.

Last year, Gold Derby’s Experts, Users and Top 24 were right 84.62% of the time, while our Editors trailed with 73.08%. Our Users are hoping stay ahead of us again this year, and you can help. If you think you know who will win this year’s Tony Awards races, click here to make your predictions. Your picks will be pooled together to generate our official racetrack odds, and if you have this year’s best predictions, you’ll win a $100 Amazon gift card (if you qualify according to our contest rules).

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Last year, our top User was Dillon Rosenblatt, who predicted 89% of the winners. Do you have that kind of special insight into this year’s contest? If so, there’s still time to make your predictions before Sunday’s live telecast. Click here to visit our predictions center, where you can enter your picks, or use the easy drag-and-drop menu at the bottom of this post to get started.

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