A surprise? At an awards show?
The forgone-conclusion nature that is increasingly endemic to entertainment awards shows doesn't hold true for this year's
The ceremony, which is being held Sunday evening at
Of the musical nominees, two productions seem headed for a photo finish -- "A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder," the dark comedy about wealth and homicide, and "Beautiful -- The Carole King Musical," a jukebox ode to the popular songwriter. Waiting in the wings is Disney's "Aladdin," a family crowd-pleaser that has also managed to charm the critics.
The award for new play is leaning toward "All the Way," the three-hour historical drama by Robert Schenkkan about
Other categories carrying big question marks include revival of a play, with no clear front-runner; and lead actress in a musical, with Jessie Mueller as Carole King squaring off against Kelli O'Hara of "The Bridges of Madison County."
Many eyes will be on actress Audra McDonald, who could take home a record-tying sixth Tony if she is honored for her performance as Billie Holiday in "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill." But some pundits sense an upset in the making from LaTanya Richardson Jackson, who plays the matriarch in the revival of "A Raisin in the Sun," with