Tony Awards predictions: Toughest 3 musical categories made easy

If you want to do well in our prediction contest, you will have to make smart choices in the design categories. With a jam packed season of beautiful looking musicals, a mistake in any one of these races could drop you down our Tony Awards leaderboard. This year’s Tony nominees feature czarist Russia, cosmetics queens, and the Harmonia Gardens in their creations. To provide some help with these tough categories, take a look at the analysis below before you make any final predictions.

Costume Design
Our experts are agreed that Linda Cho will not be stepping up to the podium for her Russian gowns in “Anastasia.” But, another Russian set story stands a great chance, as four experts are betting on Paloma Young for “Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812.” If this Best Musical contender dominates the design awards, voters might check off Young’s fanciful work as well. “War Paint” may not be a Best Musical nominee, but that hasn’t stopped four experts from endorsing it. After all, Catherine Zuber is a master of her craft with six Tony awards to her name. Stars Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole’s fabulous outfits were good enough for wins at the Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Awards. But nine experts are getting behind Santo Loquasto for “Hello, Dolly!” Since he is a near perennial nominee who hasn’t won since 1990, this lush and colorful design work for this mega hit should be enough to return him to the winners circle.

2017 Tony Awards predictions: Complete odds in top categories

Lighting Design
This race is a much easier call than costume design. Fourteen experts are declaring Bradley King the victor for his work on “The Great Comet.” Unlike his competition, King had to find an effective way to light an immersive theater setting as opposed to a proscenium setup. He has already taken home Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards for his efforts. Three of our experts are going out on a limb for Japhy Weideman’s designs for “Dear Evan Hansen.” Since 2013, this sought after artist has only missed out on a nomination once in 2016. With “Dear Evan Hansen” the favorite for the top award, he has strong potential to upset this category for his first win.

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Scenic Design
Talk about a landslide. Mimi Lien has the support of all of our experts to prevail for “Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812.” Since the musical was first performed in an intimate supper club setting Off-Broadway, Lien faced the daunting task of transforming the Imperial Theater into an immersive setting where the audience and performers occupied the same space. She has taken home the Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk awards, and there is little reason to think she will not continue her winning streak at the Tonys.

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