Tonys Awards 2019 nominations: Will ‘The Ferryman,’ ‘Hillary and Bill’ or ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ lead among plays?

“It is a very competitive year for the plays,” Sam Eckmann announces when he and fellow contributor David Buchanan chatted via webcam about the top Play categories at the 73rd Tony Awards. The nominations in all 24 Tony categories will be announced on April 30 ahead of the ceremony on June 9. Watch the video chat below.

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Sam and David agree that “The Ferryman” will most likely win Best Play, choosing “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “Hillary and Clinton” for their second and third slots. They disagree, though, on what play will round out the category, with Sam currently picking “Gary” and David backing “Network.” While their lists for Best Play are almost identical, they have significantly different  predictions for Best Revival. Both have “All My Sons” and “Burn This” making the cut, but David chooses “The Waverly Gallery” and “King Lear” while Sam picks “The Boys in the Band” and “Torch Song.”

In Actress, Sam and David discuss the competition between two reigning Tony champs Glenda Jackson (“King Lear”) and Laurie Metcalf (“Hillary and Clinton”), as well as Elaine May (“The Waverly Gallery”) and Annette Bening (“All My Sons”), both of whom return to the Broadway stage after decades-long absences. “Bening is the wildcard because [“All My Sons”] isn’t in previews yet,” David says, while Sam cautions, “I’m worried about Kristine Nielsen for ‘Gary.’” In Actor, which Sam declares “the most competitive category at the Tonys,” both have Jeff Daniels winning his first Tony for “Mockingbird,” though neither seem entirely sure that he will prevail against formidable opponent Bryan Cranston (“Network”).

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“I have no confidence in the five people I’ve put in here,” David admits when discussing Featured Actor. Though he and Sam both have Gbenga Akinnagbe (“Mockingbird”) out front, the rest of their lists look vastly different. Similarly, Sam and David place Celia Keenan-Bolger (“Mockingbird”) in first for Featured Actress and agree that Fionnula Flanagan (“Ferryman”) and Jayne Houdyshell (“King Lear”) will earn bids, but struggle to narrow down the remaining list of contenders.

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