Will Playbill.com Readers Get Their Tony Wishes?

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Since the announcement of the nominees for this year's 63rd Annual Tony Awards, Playbill.com has posted numerous polls in our Interactive section.
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Although our polls ask readers who they would like to see win, rather than who they think will win, Playbill.com readers' choices have been fairly accurate. Last season, readers chose 13 winners correctly of the 17 awards polled. Readers were partial to The Homecoming's Raúl Esparza (over actual winner Jim Norton) and Macbeth's Patrick Stewart (over Boeing-Boeing's Mark Rylance) for Featured and Leading Actor in a Play, respectively. Cry-Baby choreographer Rob Ashford edged out actual winner Andy Blankenbuehler of In the Heights (35.2 percent to 33.3 percent). And, Passing Strange Best Book winner Stew (who polled at 15.3 percent) was a surprise to 39.7 percent of the readers (who opted for Xanadu's Douglas Carter Beane) and 34.7 percent (who chose In the Heights' Quiara Alegría Hudes).

What follows is a scorecard of this year's poll selections (not all categories were polled):

Who would you like to see win Best Direction of a Musical?
41.2% Stephen Daldry,Billy Elliot, The Musical
28.3% Diane Paulus, Hair
27.5% Michael Greif, Next to Normal
3% Kristin Hanggi, Rock of Ages
(Last year: 40.6% Bartlett Sher, South Pacific - Correct)

Who would you like to see win Best Direction of a Play?
36.5% Matthew Warchus, God of Carnage
25.8% Matthew Warchus, The Norman Conquests
22.7% Phyllida Lloyd, Mary Stuart
15% Bartlett Sher, Joe Turner's Come and Gone
(Last year: 66.8% Anna D. Shapiro, August: Osage County - Correct)

Who would you like to see win Best Choreography?
64.8% Peter Darling, Billy Elliot, The Musical
14.4% Andy Blankenbuehler, 9 to 5: The Musical
12.2% Karole Armitage, Hair
8.7% Randy Skinner, Irving Berlin's White Christmas
(Last year: 35.2% Rob Ashford, Cry-Baby - Wrong) Who would you like to see win Best Leading Actress in a Play?
36.6% Marcia Gay Harden, God of Carnage
30.6% Jane Fonda, 33 Variations
20% Janet McTeer, Mary Stuart
7.1% Hope Davis, God of Carnage
5.7% Harriet Walter, Mary Stuart
(Last year: 46.8% Deanna Dunagan, August: Osage County - Correct)

Who would you like to see win Best Leading Actor in a Play?
41.3% Geoffrey Rush, Exit the King
33.7% Raúl Esparza, Speed-the-Plow
9.9% Thomas Sadoski, Reasons to Be Pretty
7.7% James Gandolfini, God of Carnage
7.4% Jeff Daniels, God of Carnage
(Last year: 38.9% Patrick Stewart, Macbeth - Wrong)

Who would you like to see win Best Leading Actor in a Musical?
33.1% David Alvarez, Trent Kowalik and Kiril Kulish‚ Billy Elliot, The Musical
22.4% Gavin Creel, Hair
17.1% J. Robert Spencer, Next to Normal
16.7% Brian d'Arcy James, Shrek The Musical
10.7% Constantine Maroulis, Rock of Ages
(Last year: 31.1% Paulo Szot, South Pacific - Correct)

Who would you like to see win Best Leading Actress in a Musical?
51.5% Alice Ripley, Next to Normal
17.8% Allison Janney, 9 to 5: The Musical
13.6% Sutton Foster, Shrek The Musical
8.6% Josefina Scaglione, West Side Story
8.5% Stockard Channing, Pal Joey
(Last year: 46.8% Patti LuPone, Gypsy - Correct)

What show would you like to see win Best Book of a Musical?
43.5% [title of show], Hunter Bell
25.2% Next to Normal, Brian Yorkey
24.3% Billy Elliot, The Musical, Lee Hall
7.1% Shrek The Musical, David Lindsay-Abaire
(Last year: 39.7% Xanadu - Wrong)

What show would you like to see win Best Original Score?
42.5% Next to Normal, Music: Tom Kitt, Lyrics: Brian Yorkey
26.3% Billy Elliot, The Musical, Music: Elton John, Lyrics: Lee Hall
22.2% 9 to 5: The Musical, Music and Lyrics: Dolly Parton
8.9% Shrek The Musical, Music: Jeanine Tesori, Lyrics: David Lindsay-Abaire
(Last year: 46.5% In The Heights - Correct)

What show would you like to see win Best Revival of a Musical?
63.2% Hair
23.5% West Side Story
6.9% Guys and Dolls
6.4% Pal Joey
(Last year: 44.1% South Pacific - Correct)

What show would you like to see win Best Revival of a Play?
34.4% The Normal Conquests
24.4% Mary Stuart
23.7% Waiting for Godot
17.5% Joe Turner's Come and Gone
(Last year: 44.1% Boeing-Boeing - Correct)

What show would you like to see win Best Play?
Results to be determined. Stats, at press time, read:
51% God of Carnage
25% Reasons to be Pretty
12% Dividing the Estate
12% 33 Variations
(Last year: 73.9% August: Osage County - Correct)

What show would you like to see win Best Musical?
Results to be determined. (Last year: 44.2% In The Heights - Correct)

Neil Patrick Harris will host this season's Tony Awards ceremony June 7. CBS-TV will broadcast the event live from Radio City Music Hall beginning at 8 PM ET. Click here for a full list of nominations.

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