The Race to the 2013 Tonys: A look at the candidates for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play

The recently announced nominations for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play are here. From gut-busting comedies to taut dramas and big biographies, these women represent the very best of Broadway 2013.

Laurie Metcalf in 'The Other Place'

Laurie Metcalf as Juliana Smithton in ‘The Other Place’

Laurie Metcalf, The Other Place

Metcalf stars as Juliana Smithton in this psychological thriller as a neurologist whose life is beginning to crumble around her. Juliana’s husband is divorcing her, her health is failing and her own daughter has eloped with an older man. Metcalf’s run ended in March to rave reviews praising her performance.

Amy Morton as Martha in 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?'

Amy Morton as Martha in ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’

Amy Morton, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Morton stars in the 50th Anniversary revival of Edward Albee’s play about the disintegrating marriage between a middle-aged couple, Martha and George. Reviews state Morton’s performance as “real” and “down-to-earth,” but it may not be enough to snag her the Tony.

Kristine Nielson as Sonia in 'Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike'

Kristine Nielson as Sonia in ‘Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike’

Kristine Nielsen, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Starring as Sonia in this production, Nielsen has been highly praised for her performance and impression of Dame Maggie Smith. Since the show secured six nominations this year Nielsen has a good chance but she may be overshadowed in the press by names like Sigourney Weaver and David Hyde Pierce.

Holland Taylor as 'Ann'

Holland Taylor as Ann in ‘Ann’

Holland Taylor, Ann

In this play about Texas Governor Ann Richards’ life, Holland Taylor gives audiences a glimpse into a “colorful and captivating character bigger than the state from which she hailed.” Taylor not only stars in Ann but wrote the show as well. This could boost her chances at winning the Tony if her hilarious performance doesn’t do it alone.

Cicely Tyson as in 'The Trip to Bountiful

Cicely Tyson as Carrie Watts in ‘The Trip to Bountiful

Cicely Tyson, The Trip to Bountiful

Tyson stars as Carrie Watts, an aging woman who lives in an overcrowded Houston apartment and dreams of moving back to her hometown of Bountiful. The show, set in 1953, follows her trip home and the life changing events which happen along the way. The buzz surrounding Tyson’s performance and her rendition of the hymn “Blessed Assurance,” which reviews said received audience participation, may be what gets her the Tony.

My Prediction:

I think Tyson has a good chance of winning this category based on reviews of the show. In most of the reviews the content was heavily about her whereas this was not the case for most of the other ladies. Tyson captures many hearts in this already heartwarming tale that she may even capture the hearts of the Tonys.

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