ATTACHÉ PREDICTIONS | TONY AWARDS 2016 / by Brackett Bilodeau

It’s that time of year again: the Super Bowl of theater is upon us, wherein Broadway royalty mingles with some of Hollywood’s hottest stars. This season has been among the most dynamic in recent years, with ground-breaking new productions and complete reinventions of classic shows side by side along the glittering Theater District streets. The Oscar-studded likes of Lupita Nyong’o, Jennifer Hudson, Jessica Lange, Forest Whitaker and nominees Michelle Williams, Clive Owen, Keira Knightley, Saoirse Ronan all graced the Broadway stage this year, joined by Grammy winners Edie Brickell and Steve Martin along with nominee Sara Bareilles, plus the countless Tony winners and nominees of the talented community. Check out our official predictions for the upcoming ceremony, taking place on June 12, 2016:


BEST MUSICAL

As much as we’d like to say that there’s competition in this category, the clear winner is without question two-time Tony winner Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton, nominated for a record-breaking 16 Tony awards. This one we can almost guarantee. Runner-up: Is it possible to say Hamilton again?


BEST PLAY

Here’s a category with some real competition, with three winners we wouldn’t be upset about. The Humans is the frontrunner -- with six nominations and powerhouse performances from the entire cast, it’ll be tough to beat. Luckily for The Humans, King Charles III, another top contender, has already closed (typically shows that are not currently running are forgotten and very rarely win). It’s tough to say if Eclipsed will be able to snag the title, so we feel comfortable saying The Humans will take home the trophy. Runner-up: Eclipsed


BEST REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL

It’s certainly been a season of outstanding musical revivals, but none can hold a candle to the incredibly moving production of The Color Purple. From the stripped design and an awe-inspiring performance from Cynthia Erivo, it’s safe to say this one’s a shoe-in. Runner-up: She Loves Me


BEST REVIVAL OF A PLAY

If you’re looking for a category of laughs, this is the exact opposite -- with three American classics, two modern British revivals, and only one comedy, the vast majority deals with intense subject matters. Although Long Day’s Journey into Night is an acting tour de force, the direction can be frustrating at times, which is not the case for our winner, Ivo van Hove’s beautifully tragic production of A View from the Bridge with powerhouse performances and haunting direction. Runner-up: Long Day’s Journey into Night


BEST ORIGINAL SCORE (MUSIC & LYRICS)

The musicals nominated in this category couldn’t be more different, from historical hip hop and pop to bluegrass and rock. Shocker: Hamilton will dominate once again. Lin-Manuel’s life-changing score is hard to match despite the amazing contenders he is up against, with Sara Bareilles’s stunning debut Waitress and legendary comedian Steve Martin’s brilliant bluegrass musical, Bright Star both up for the prize. We’re putting our money on Miranda taking home his second Best Original Score award with his work on Hamilton. Runner-up: Steve Martin & Edie Brickell, Bright Star


BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEADING ACTOR IN A PLAY

This category is stacked with sensational performances, all of which could potentially take home this award. Gabriel Byrne’s haunting portrayal of James Tyrone Sr. (Long Day’s Journey into Night) is one for the books, and Mark Strong as Eddie Carbone (A View from the Bridge) could easily be the winners in this strong category. But Frank Langella’s heartbreaking performance as Andre, the proud old man with inexorable mental deterioration, in Florian Zeller’s The Father that will most likely come out on top. Runner-up: Mark Strong, A View from the Bridge


BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEADING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL

With six Tony nominations and no wins to date, Danny Burnstein can only hope to break the curse this year with his portrayal of Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof. But with Hamilton and its two nominees in this category (Lin-Manuel Miranda and Leslie Odom, Jr.) might just make a win for Burnstein out of reach. Odom’s performance as Aaron Burr is bitter yet suave, with stunning vocals and undeniable acting prowess. Leslie Odom, Jr. narrowly wins. Runner-Up: Danny Burnstein. Fiddler on the Roof