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Pundits split over close Tonys races: Denzel vs. Molina, CZJ vs. Montego

June 12, 2010 | 12:55 am

"Red" and "Memphis" are the front-runners to win best play and musical at the Tony Awards on June 13, according to the predictions of most pundits. However, the gurus are divided over some top races, including best drama actor: Denzel Washington ("Fences") versus Alfred Molina ("Red"). Also, best actress in a musical: Catherine Zeta-Jones ("A Little Night Music") versus Montego Glover ("Memphis").

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Below, the views of these Tonys prophets: Melissa Bernardo (Entertainment Weekly), Lane Brown (New York Magazine Vulture), Martin Denton (NYTheatre.com), Robert Diamond (Broadway World), Thom Geier (Entertainment Weekly), Susan Haskins (Theater Talk), Harry Haun (Playbill), Andy Humm (GayUSA, Gay City News),  Leonard Jacobs (Clyde Fitch Report), Brian Lipton (TheaterMania), Tom O'Neil (Gold Derby, The Envelope), Paul Sheehan (The Envelope), David Sheward (Back Stage), Matt Windman (amNY), Wayman Wong (New York Daily News).

BEST PLAY
"Red" — Bernardo, Brown, Denton, Diamond, Geier, Haskins, Haun, Humm, Jacobs, Lipton, O'Neil, Sheehan, Sheward, Windman, Wong

BEST MUSICAL
"American Idiot" — Jacobs
"Fela!" — Brown, Geier, Haskins, Humm
"Memphis" — Bernardo, Denton, Diamond, Haun, Lipton, O'Neil, Sheehan, Sheward, Windman, Wong

BEST REVIVAL OF A PLAY
"Fences" — Bernardo, Brown, Denton, Diamond, Geier, Haskins, Haun, Humm, Jacobs, Lipton, O'Neil, Sheehan, Sheward, Windman, Wong

BEST REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL
"La Cage Aux Folles" — Bernardo, Brown, Denton, Diamond, Geier, Haskins, Haun, Humm, Jacobs, Lipton, O'Neil, Sheehan, Sheward, Windman, Wong

BEST ACTOR IN A PLAY
Alfred Molina, "Red" — Bernardo, Brown, Denton, Diamond, Humm, Jacobs, Lipton
Denzel Washington, "Fences" — Geier, Haskins, Haun, O'Neil, Sheehan, Sheward, Windman, Wong

BEST ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Viola Davis, "Fences" — Bernardo, Brown, Denton, Diamond, Geier, Haskins, Haun, Humm, Jacobs, Lipton, O'Neil, Sheehan, Sheward, Windman, Wong

BEST FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY
Stephen McKinley Henderson, "Fences" — Berndardo, Haskins, Haun, Windman
Eddie Redmayne, "Red" — Brown, Denton, Diamond, Geier, Humm, Jacobs, Lipton, O'Neil, Sheehan, Sheward, Wong

BEST FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Jan Maxwell, "Lend Me a Tenor" — Bernardo, Brown, Denton, Diamond, Geier, Haskins, Haun, Jacobs, O'Neil, Sheehan, Wong
Scarlett Johansson, "A View from the Bridge" —  Humm, Lipton, Sheward, Windman

BEST ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Douglas Hodge, "La Cage Aux Folles" — Bernardo, Brown, Denton, Diamond, Geier, Haun, Humm, Jacobs, Lipton, O'Neil, Sheehan, Sheward, Windman, Wong
Sahr Ngaujah, "Fela!" — Haskins

BEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Montego Glover, "Memphis" — Brown, Denton, Diamond, Geier, Sheward, Wong
Catherine Zeta-Jones, "A Little Night Music" — Bernardo, Haskins, Haun, Humm, Jacobs, Lipton, O'Neil, Sheehan, Windman

BEST FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Robin de Jesus, "La Cage aux Folles" — Brown, Geier, O'Neil
Kevin Chamberlin, "The Addams Family" — Jacobs
Levi Kreis, "Million Dollar Quartet" — Bernardo, Denton, Diamond, Haskins, Haun, Humm, Lipton, Sheehan, Sheward, Windman, Wong

BEST FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Katie Finneran, "Promises, Promises" — Bernardo, Brown, Denton, Diamond, Geier, Haskins, Haun, Humm, Jacobs, Lipton, O'Neil, Sheehan, Sheward, Windman, Wong

BEST DIRECTOR OF A PLAY
Michael Grandage, "Red" — Brown, Denton, Diamond, Haskins, Haun, Humm, Jacobs, Lipton, Sheehan, Sheward
Kenny Leon, "Fences" — Bernardo, Geier, O'Neil, Windman, Wong

BEST DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL
Christopher Ashley, "Memphis" — Brown
Terry Johnson, "La Cage Aux Folles" — Denton, Diamond, Geier, Haskins, Haun, Lipton, O'Neil, Sheehan, Sheward, Windman, Wong
Bill T. Jones, "Fela!" — Bernardo, Humm, Jacobs

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY
Bill T. Jones, "Fela!" — Brown, Denton, Diamond, Haskins, Haun, Humm, Jacobs, Lipton, Wong
Lynne Page, "La Cage aux Folles" — Bernardo
Twyla Tharp, "Come Fly Away" — Geier, O'Neil, Sheehan, Sheward, Windman

BEST BOOK OF A MUSICAL
"Everyday Rapture" — Bernardo
"Memphis" — Brown, Denton, Diamond, Geier, Haun, Jacobs, Lipton, O'Neil, Sheehan, Sheward, Windman, Wong
"Fela!" — Haskins, Humm

BEST SCORE
"Fences" — Geier
"Memphis" — Bernardo, Brown, Denton, Diamond, Haskins, Haun, Humm, Jacobs, Lipton, O'Neil, Sheehan, Sheward, Windman, Wong

BEST ORCHESTRATIONS
"Memphis" — Brown, Denton, Diamond, Haskins, Geier, Jacobs, Lipton, O'Neil, Sheehan, Sheward, Windman, Wong
"Fela!" — Bernardo, Humm
"Promises, Promises" — Haun

BEST SET DESIGN OF A PLAY
"Fences" — Denton
"Red" — Bernardo, Brown, Diamond, Geier, Haskins, Humm, O'Neil, Sheehan, Sheward, Windman, Wong
"The Royal Family" — Haun, Jacobs, Lipton

BEST SET DESIGN OF A MUSICAL
"Fela!" — Denton, Haskins, Lipton
"American Idiot" — Bernardo, Brown, Diamond, Geier, Humm, O'Neil, Sheehan, Sheward, Windman, Wong
"La Cage aux Folles" — Haun
"Ragtime" — Jacobs

BEST COSTUME DESIGN OF A PLAY
"In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play" — Bernardo, Geier
"Lend Me a Tenor" — Brown, Denton, Diamond, Haskins, Haun, Humm, Lipton, O'Neil, Sheehan, Sheward, Wong
"The Royal Family" — Jacobs, Windman

BEST COSTUME DESIGN OF A MUSICAL
"Fela!" — Humm
"La Cage Aux Folles" — Bernardo, Brown, Denton, Diamond, Geier, Haskins, Haun, Jacobs, Lipton, O'Neil, Sheehan, Sheward, Windman, Wong

BEST LIGHTING DESIGN OF A PLAY
"Red" — Bernardo, Brown, Denton, Diamond, Geier, Haskins, Haun, Humm, Jacobs, Lipton, O'Neil, Sheehan, Sheward, Windman, Wong

BEST LIGHTING DESIGN OF A MUSICAL
"American Idiot" — Bernardo, Denton, Diamond, Haskins, Humm, Jacobs, Lipton, O'Neil, Sheehan, Sheward, Windman, Wong
"Fela!" — Geier
"La Cage aux Folles" — Brown, Haun

BEST SOUND DESIGN OF A PLAY
"Enron" — Jacobs
"Red" — Brown, Haun, Geier, Lipton
"Fences" — Bernardo, Denton, Diamond, Haskins, Humm, O'Neil, Sheehan, Sheward, Windman, Wong

BEST SOUND DESIGN OF A MUSICAL
"Fela!" — Brown, Denton, Diamond, Geier, Haskins, Humm, Lipton, O'Neil, Sheehan, Sheward, Windman, Wong
"La Cage aux Folles" — Haun
"Sondheim on Sondheim" — Bernardo, Jacobs

Photos: Alfred Molina in "Red" (John Golden Theatre), Denzel Washington in "Fences" (Cort Theatre), Catherine Zeta-Jones in "A Little Night Music" (Walter Kerr Theatre), Montego Glover in "Memphis" (Shubert Theatre).

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