Ben Platt(Dear Evan Hansen)- I predict Ben Platt will win this. He has been favored to win this award since last June. He is receiving rave reviews in Dear Evan Hansen, and from what I’ve seen and heard, he’s brilliant. The cast album has been non stop in my bedroom and I personally can’t get enough of his voice. His singing in the track Words Fail earns a Tony all by itself. I’m seeing the show in August and crossing my fingers I’ll be seeing his portrayal of Evan Hansen.
Ben Platt in Dear Evan Hansen
Josh Groban (Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812)- This is Josh Groban’s Broadway debut and I think it’s safe to say he’s a keeper. If you’ve heard Josh Groban sing, then you know he is Tony worthy. He has gotten rave reviews in the Great Comet, and is sure to be a Tony nominee come next month.
Christian Borle (Falsettos)- Christian Borle is a two time Tony winner and this year he might be a two time nominee for his roles in Falsettos and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. So it’s safe to say you never count Borle out of the race. Falsettos made a huge impression on Broadway this fall and despite its close in January, it shall not be forgotten come May.
Andy Karl (Groundhog Day)- Andy Karl is fresh off an Olivier win last Sunday for his role in Groundhog Day in London. Despite the show stepping off on a shaky foot, Karl is a two time Tony nominee and is sure to be in the Tony race this year.
Corey Cott (Bandstand)- I’m gonna give my last slot to Corey Cott. If nominated, Cott will be seen as an underdog in this category. But, I know what Cott is capable of and I believe he is Tony worthy. With his performances in Newsies and Gigi, Cott is an outstanding vocalist and I really hope he gets Tony nominated!
Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Laura Osnes (Bandstand)- Laura is already a two time Tony nominee and I think she’s overdue for a Tony. She’s a brilliant singer and puts so much emotion into her work. She dances and even sings upside down in Bandstand. Have you see the rehearsal footage? Ms. Osnes deserves some Tony love.
Denee Benton( Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812)- Denee Benton has sure made an impression on Broadway in her debut as Natasha. I’ve heard nothing but great things about her performance and I would be surprised if the Tony committee left her out.
Eva Noblezada (Miss Saigon)- Lea Salonga won her Tony in 1991 for Miss Saigon, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Noblezada does too. Have you seen the video of Salonga and Noblezada singing The Movie in My Mind? Noblezada sounds amazing.
Bette Midler (Hello Dolly!)- Bette is already iconic in this role and the show has been doing amazing in the grosses. With other Broadway icons like Patti Lupone and Christine Ebersole, who could also be nominated, it might be hard for Bette or anyone to secure their spot, but I’ll put my money on Bette.
Christy Altomare (Anastasia)- I’m giving my last slot to Christy Altomare for Anastasia. Altomare and the show have been getting constant buzz, despite it having not officially opened on Broadway yet! So I think this is a girl to watch and her performance of Journey to the Past?.. amazing.
I think this is the toughest category this year. There is so many actresses I am missing that could also get nominated, so I’m really unsure of who will win.
Dear Evan Hansen- I think Dear Evan Hansen will win best musical.
Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812
Come From Away
We’ll find out the nominees May 2nd, until then I’d love to hear your predictions as well!