31 May 1996
What's interesting is how many categories were predicted differently, though with equal confidence, by Variety, as published earlier in the week.
Here are the Times' picks:
Best Actress (Play) Zoe Caldwell in Master Class
Best Choreography: Savion Glover for Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk
Best Lighting Design: Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer for Noise/Funk
Best Play: Master Class or Seven Guitars, with Guitars slightly favored.
Director of a Musical: George C. Wolfe of Noise/Funk or Christopher Renshaw for The King and I, with Wolfe slightly favored.
Best Musical: Rent
Best Revival (Play): A Delicate Balance
Best Revival (Musical): The King and I
Best Director (Play): Gerald Gutierrez for Delicate Balance
Best Actor (Play): George C. Scott for Inherit the Wind
Best Actor (Musical): Nathan Lane in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Featured Actor (Play): Ruben Santiago-Hudson for Seven Guitars
Featured Actress (Play): Lois Smith for Buried Child
Featured Actor (Musical): Wilson Jermaine Heredia for Rent
Featured Actress (Musical): Anne Duquesnay (Noise/Funk
Book of a Musical: Jonathan Larson for Rent
Original Score: Jonathan Larson Rent
Sets: Brian Thomson for the King and I
Costumes: Roger Kirk for The King and I
The column did a separate section predicting Julie Andrews would win for Best Actress (Musical).
-- By Robert Viagas