Can 'Time Stands Still' defy the odds at the Tonys?
Looks like Martin Denton (NYTheatre.com) expects a few sweeps at the Tony Awards. He foresees "Memphis" nabbing best musical, lead actress (Montego Gover), score, book and orchestrations. Among revivals, he says "La Cage aux Folles" and "Fences" will romp, including in some key acting categories — except one notable slot. Denton thinks "Fences" star Denzel Washington will lose best lead actor to "Red" star Alfred Molina. That's a gutsy call.
His bravest prediction of all: "Time Stands Still" will race across the Tonys finish line as best play even though it's not currently running on Broadway. Normally, closed shows have a tough time winning top categories. However, in this case, "Time Stands Still's" producers just announced that the play will return to Manhattan's boards this fall. That probably boosts its chances, and could prove Denton to be right in the end.
BEST PLAY: "Time Stands Still"
BEST MUSICAL: "Memphis"
BEST BOOK: "Memphis"
BEST SCORE: "Memphis"
BEST REVIVAL PLAY: "Fences"
BEST REVIVAL MUSICAL: "La Cage aux Folles"
BEST ACTOR PLAY: Alfred Molina, "Red"
BEST ACTRESS PLAY: Viola Davis, "Fences"
BEST ACTOR MUSICAL: Douglas Hodge, "La Cage aux Folles"
BEST ACTRESS MUSICAL: Montego Glover, "Memphis"
BEST FEATURED ACTOR PLAY: Eddie Redmayne, "Red"
BEST FEATURED ACTRESS PLAY: Jan Maxwell, "Lend Me a Tenor"
BEST FEATURED ACTOR MUSICAL: Levi Kreis, "Million Dollar Quartet"
BEST FEATURED ACTRESS MUSICAL: Katie Finneran, "Promises, Promises"
BEST SCENIC DESIGN PLAY: John Lee Beatty, "The Royal Family"
BEST SCENIC DESIGN MUSICAL: Marina Draghici, "Fela!"
BEST COSTUME DESIGN PLAY: Catherine Zuber, "The Royal Family"
BEST COSTUME DESIGN MUSICAL: Matthew Wright, "La Cage aux Folles"
BEST LIGHTING DESIGN PLAY: Brian MacDevitt, "Fences"
BEST LIGHTING DESIGN MUSICAL: Robert Wierzel, "Fela!"
BEST SOUND DESIGN PLAY: Scott Lehrer, "A View From the Bridge"
BEST SOUND DESIGN MUSICAL: Robert Kaplowitz, "Fela!"
BEST DIRECTION PLAY: Kenny Leon, "Fences"
BEST DIRECTION MUSICAL: Terry Johnson, "La Cage aux Folles"
BEST CHOREOGRAPHY: Bill T. Jones, "Fela!"
BEST ORCHESTRATIONS: Daryl Waters & David Bryan, "Memphis"
Photo: Samuel Friedman Theatre