Illustration by Everett Bogue
All week leading up to Sunday’s Tony awards, we’re polling anonymous Tony voters about whom they’ve cast their votes for and why. This afternoon we ask a Broadway general manager and Tony voter: Who’s on your ballot?
Best Play: Radio Golf. “It really was the best play of the year. I surprised myself, because I’m not an August Wilson fan, and I was not looking forward to seeing it, but it was fantastic. The Coast of Utopia will win, because it was the snob-appeal show of the season — what we call the limo show. It was a beautifully done piece, very theatrical and very exciting visually, but frankly I can’t vote for a play I didn’t understand.”
Best Actress in a Play: Angela Lansbury, Deuce. “You might be surprised by this one. I think a sentimental vote might carry her through. People think this might be her final performance on Broadway.”
Best Actress in a Musical: Audra McDonald, 110 in the Shade. “She was amazing. And quite honestly, while Christine Ebersole did a great job in Grey Gardens, she has campaigned too hard for this award and is really overexposed. But she’ll win anyway.”
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