You can always count on veteran Broadway scribe Leonard Jacobs for some jolting opinions, but he really comes out swinging with his Tony Award predictions that he shares with Gold Derby. Prevailing "wisdom" says best play will be "Next Fall" or "Time Stands Still," but Leonard fearlessly waves a "Red" cloak, matador style. Also, he pooh-poohs the common view that "Memphis" will win best musical. He believes that smart money is on "American Idiot," which was the early front-runner, but then stumbled when its director, actors and choreographer weren't nominated. Check out Leonard's blog Clyde Fitch Report, which is cleverly based on the persona of a now-obscure U.S. playwright who was a superstar in the 1890s. Also, read Leonard's Huffington Post report on protests against cuts in New York State arts spending.
BEST PLAY: "Red"
BEST MUSICAL: "American Idiot"
BEST BOOK OF A MUSICAL: "Memphis"
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE: "Memphis"
BEST REVIVAL OF A PLAY: "Fences"
BEST REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL: "La Cage aux Folles"
BEST ACTOR IN A PLAY: Alfred Molina, "Red"
BEST ACTRESS IN A PLAY: Viola Davis, "Fences"
BEST ACTOR IN A MUSICAL: Douglas Hodge, "La Cage aux Folles"
BEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL: Catherine Zeta-Jones, "A Little Night Music"
BEST FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY: Eddie Redmayne, "Red"
BEST FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY: Jan Maxwell, "Lend Me a Tenor"
BEST FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL: Kevin Chamberlin, "The Addams Family"
BEST FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL: Katie Finneran, "Promises, Promises"
BEST SCENIC DESIGN OF A PLAY: John Lee Beatty, "The Royal Family"
BEST SCENIC DESIGN OF A MUSICAL: Derek McLane, "Ragtime"
BEST COSTUME DESIGN OF A PLAY: Catherine Zuber, "The Royal Family"
BEST COSTUME DESIGN OF A MUSICAL: Matthew Wright, "La Cage aux Folles"
BEST LIGHTING DESIGN OF A PLAY: Neil Austin, "Red"
BEST LIGHTING DESIGN OF A MUSICAL: Kevin Adams, "American Idiot"
BEST SOUND DESIGN OF A PLAY: Adam Cork, "Enron"
BEST SOUND DESIGN OF A MUSICAL: Dan Moses Schreier, "Sondheim on Sondheim"
BEST DIRECTION OF A PLAY: Michael Grandage, "Red"
BEST DIRECTION OF A MUSICAL: Bill T. Jones, "Fela!"
BEST CHOREOGRAPHY: Bill T. Jones, "Fela!"
BEST ORCHESTRATIONS: Daryl Waters & David Bryan, "Memphis"
Photos: "American Idiot" (St. James Theatre), "Red" (John Golden Theatre)
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