We’ve arrived, predictions in hand.

tumblr_nguo1oJgPH1qe6vjyo1_500It’s Tony season! And after some serious theater-going (at one point, we saw four shows in a week) Ross and I have decided to opine regularly here on our new space Front Mezz Junkies. Check back often for his-and-his reviews and banter from our favorite seats in the house: the front mezzanine.

With nominations coming on April 28, we thought we’d start with our predictions for some of the big categories. In a few days time, we’ll find who had it right. For the most part, Ross and I agree here, but there are a few differences.

In the musical categories, for example, I think the shuttered Honeymoon in Vegas, though it struggled at the box office, has a few chances for nominations, including Best Original Score (it’s pretty fantastic in all its jazzy cheesiness) and Best Actor (Rob McClure holds this show together). We’re both fans of the long-closed Side Show, and we’re hoping it has a shot in the tight Musical Revival category.

Ross has the pulse on the play categories. Pulitzer-winner Disgraced and the revival of Skylight, starring Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy, factor big on his list. Other Hollywood types, like Jake Gyllenhaal, Elisabeth Moss and Glenn Close may not be front-runners in their perspective categories, but they’re our favorites for nominations.

Here’s a look at our list. Let us know what you think. Coming soon: we’ll provide our his-and-his reviews of the nominees.

BEST PLAY (four or five)
Ross: Constellations, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Disgraced, Hand to God, Wolf Hall: Parts 1 & 2
Loren: Constellations, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Disgraced, Hand to God

BEST MUSICAL (four or five)
Ross: An American in Paris, Fun Home, Something Rotten!, The Visit
Loren: An American in Paris, Fun Home, Something Rotten!, The Visit

BEST REVIVAL OF A PLAY (four or five)
Ross: The Elephant Man, The Heidi Chronicles, Skylight, This Is Our Youth, You Can’t Take It with You
Loren: The Heidi Chronicles, Skylight, This Is Our Youth, You Can’t Take It with You

BEST REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL (three or four)
Ross: The King and I, On the Twentieth Century, Side Show
Loren: The King and I, On the Twentieth Century, On the Town (Side Show, maybe, hopefully)

BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE IN A PLAY (five)
Ross: Steven Boyer (Hand to God), Hari Dhillon (Disgraced), Jake Gyllenhaal (Constellations), Ben Miles (Wolf Hall: Parts 1 & 2), Alex Sharp (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time)
Loren: Steven Boyer (Hand to God), Kieran Culkin (This Is Our Youth), Jake Gyllenhaal (Constellations), Bill Nighy (Skylight), Alex Sharp (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time)

BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE IN A PLAY (five)
Ross: Glenn Close (A Delicate Balance), Helen Mirren (The Audience), Elisabeth Moss (The Heidi Chronicles), Carey Mulligan (Skylight), Ruth Wilson (Constellations)
Loren: Glenn Close (A Delicate Balance), Renee Fleming (Living on Love), Helen Mirren (The Audience), Elisabeth Moss (The Heidi Chronicles), Ruth Wilson (Constellations)

BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE IN A MUSICAL (five)
Ross: Michael Cerveris (Fun Home), Corey Cott (Gigi), Brian D’Arcy James (Something Rotten!), Robert Fairchild (An American in Paris), Tony Yazbeck (On the Town)
Loren: Michael Cerveris (Fun Home), Brian D’Arcy James (Something Rotten!), Robert Fairchild (An American in Paris), Peter Gallagher (On the Twentieth Century), Rob McClure (Honeymoon in Vegas)

BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE IN A MUSICAL (five)
Ross: Kristin Chenoweth (On the Twentieth Century), Emily Padgett (Side Show), Beth Malone (Fun Home), Kelli O’Hara (The King and I), Chita Rivera (The Visit)
Loren: Kristin Chenoweth (On the Twentieth Century), Erin Davie (Side Show), Beth Malone (Fun Home), Kelli O’Hara (The King and I), Chita Rivera (The Visit)

BEST BOOK OF A MUSICAL (four)
Ross: Fun Home (Lisa Kron), It Shoulda Been You (Brian Hargrove), Something Rotten! (Karey Kirkpatrick, John O’Farrell), The Visit (Terrence McNally)
Loren: Fun Home (Lisa Kron), The Last Ship (John Logan, Brian Yorkey), Something Rotten! (Karey Kirkpatrick, John O’Farrell), The Visit (Terrence McNally)

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE (four)
Ross: Doctor Zhivago (Lucy Simon, Michael Korie, Amy Powers), Fun Home (Jeanine Tesori, Lisa Kron), Something Rotten! (Wayne Kirkpatrick, Karey Kirkpatrick), The Visit (John Kander, Freb Ebb)
Loren: Fun Home (Jeanine Tesori, Lisa Kron), Honeymoon in Vegas (Jason Robert Brown), Something Rotten! (Wayne Kirkpatrick, Karey Kirkpatrick), The Visit (John Kander, Freb Ebb)

BEST DIRECTION OF A PLAY (five)
Ross: Stephen Daldry (Skylight), Marianne Elliott (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time), Jeremy Herrin (Wolf Hall: Parts 1 & 2), Michael Longhurst (Constellations), Moritz von Stuelpnagel (Hand to God)
Loren: Marianne Elliott (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time), Scott Ellis (You Can’t Take It with You), Michael Longhurst (Constellations), Moritz von Stuelpnagel (Hand to God)

BEST DIRECTION OF A MUSICAL (five)
Ross: Bill Condon (Side Show), Scott Ellis (On the Twentieth Century), Sam Gold (Fun Home), Casey Nicholaw (Something Rotten!), Bartlett Sher (The King and I)
Loren: Bill Condon (Side Show), Sam Gold (Fun Home), Casey Nicholaw (Something Rotten!), Eric Schaeffer (Gigi), Christopher Wheeldon (An American in Paris)

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY (five)
Ross: Joshua Bergasse (Gigi), Joshua Bergasse (On the Town), Christopher Gattelli (The King and I), Mia Michaels (Finding Neverland)
Loren: Joshua Bergasse (Gigi), Joshua Bergasse (On the Town), Christopher Gattelli (The King and I), Mia Michaels (Finding Neverland), Christopher Wheeldon (An American in Paris)

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