The Race to the 2013 Tonys: A look at the candidates for Best Play

This morning, the nominations for the eagerly awaited Tony award for Best Play were announced.  The nominees for this year are The Assembled PartiesLucky GuyThe Testament of Mary and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.

Here’s a look at the nominees!

'The Assembled Parties'

‘The Assembled Parties’

The Assembled Parties takes a look at the Bascov family, meeting them once on Christmas Day in 1980, and again in 2000.  Set in a Central Park West apartment, The Assembled Parties “is a portrait of what happens to this family and to a guest whom they’ve invited,” says the show’s Director, Lynne Meadow.  The guest inserts himself into the family drama in 1980, and Act II takes a look at how his actions still affect them in 2000.  The Assembled Parties stars Jessica Hecht, Judith Light, and Jeremy Shamos.

'Lucky Guy'

‘Lucky Guy’

Tom Hanks makes his Broadway debut in Nora Ephron’s Lucky Guy, a play about 1980’s New York, as seen through the eyes of Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Mike McAlary.  As Ephron’s last play written before her death, the show opened to great reviews at the Broadhurst Theater.  Directed by George C. Wolfe, Lucky Guy has a shot at winning due to both its clever story and Hanks’ performance.

'The Testament of Mary'

‘The Testament of Mary’

In The Testament of Mary, Colm Tóibín’s novella turned play, Fiona Shaw stars as the titular character, Mary, mother of Jesus.  The play tells the untold story of Mary’s life as she deals with the fame and crucifixion of her son. It is a struggle that does not fit the gospel writer’s version of events, however. Shaw, in this one-woman show, plays the heart-breaking conflict between Mary’s terrible memories and the story as its known today.  The only thing hindering this show from an award would be the slippery slope of dealing with religion.

'Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike'

‘Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike’

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, which has snagged six Tony nominations, stars David Hyde Pierce as Vanya and Kristine Nielsen as Sonia, a brother and sister who have always lived in their family’s farmhouse.  Things are shaken up when their younger sister Masha, played by Sigourney Weaver, returns home as a famous movie star with her much younger boy toy, Spike, in tow.

My prediction:

I think the front runner in this category is Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.  Besides leading in the nominations, the show packs tons of charisma and laughs into one sitting (which was a popular, sold-out sitting at both the McCarter Theatre Center and Lincoln Center Theater).  With so much buzz around this ensemble, it will be interesting to see if they take Best Play.

Which play do you think will win?  Let me know in the comments below!

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