GoldDerby Releases Odds on Who Will Win Tony Awards

"Spamalot" gets excellent 1-to-9 odds to win Best Musical at the Tony
Awards on June 5, according to the experts at GoldDerby.com. The Broadway
mega-hit loosely based upon the film "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" is
also favored to win Best Director (Mike Nichols, 6-to-5-odds) and Best
Featured Actress (Sara Ramirez, 3 to 2).

Four of GoldDerby's gurus contributed to compiling preliminary Tony odds
spanning many top races: Melissa Bernardo (Entertainment Weekly), Susan
Haskins (host and producer of PBS show "Theater Talk"), David Sheward
(Backstage) and Tom O'Neil (In Touch Weekly). David Scott of America's
Line translated their views into numerical odds, which are issued for
entertainment purposes only and should not be used for gambling. In future
weeks GoldDerby.com will issue updated odds that will include the input of
the website's other Tony authorities: Elysa Gardner (USA Today), Michael
Kuchwara (Associated Press), Patrick Pacheco (Show People) and Michael
Riedel (New York Post).

In the contest for Best Play, preliminary odds give Pulitzer Prize champ
"Doubt" slightly better odds (3 to 5) over "The Pillowman," which opened
recently to rave reviews.

Some of the tightest races pit Hollywood celebrities against beloved
Broadway veterans who aren't widely known by the general public. James
Earl Jones ("On Golden Pond") gets only a slight edge (6 to 5) over past
Tony winner Brian O'Byrne ("Doubt," 3 to 2 odds) for Best Actor in a Play.

Veteran stage actress Victoria Clark ("Light in the Piazza") has a slim
lead (5 to 4 odds) for Best Musical Actress, but needs to be leery of
Christina Applegate ("Sweet Charity," 3 to 2 odds), who famously rallied
from suffering a broken foot to save the multi-million-dollar revival in
the classic Broadway tradition of The Show Must Go On!

BEST MUSICAL
"Spamalot!" - 1/9
"The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" - 12/1
"The Light in the Piazza" - 15/1
"Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" - 20/1

BEST PLAY
"Doubt" - 3/5
"The Pillowman" - 4/5
"Gem of the Ocean" - 40/1
"Democracy" - 40/1

BEST REVIVAL OF A PLAY
"Glengarry Glen Ross" - 7/5
"Twelve Angry Men" - 8/5
"Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" - 9/5
"On Golden Pond" - 50/1

BEST REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL
"Sweet Charity" - 2/3
"La Cage aux Folles" - 4/5
"Pacific Overtures" - 50/1

BEST ACTOR IN A PLAY
James Earl Jones, "On Golden Pond" - 6/5
Brían F. O'Byrne, "Doubt" - 3/2
Billy Crudup, "The Pillowman" - 8/1
Bill Irwin, "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" - 10/1
Philip Bosco, "Twelve Angry Men" - 12/1

BEST ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Cherry Jones, "Doubt" - 3/2
Kathleen Turner, "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" - 8/5
Phylicia Rashad, "Gem of the Ocean" - 4/1
Laura Linney, "Sight Unseen" - 5/1
Mary-Louise Parker, "Reckless" - 30/1

BEST ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Norbert Leo Butz, "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" - 6/5
Tim Curry, "Spamalot!" - 5/2
John Lithgow, "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" - 3/1
Hank Azaria, "Spamalot! " - 6/1
Gary Beach, "La Cage aux Folles" - 35/1

BEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Victoria Clark, "The Light in the Piazza" - 5/4
Christina Applegate, "Sweet Charity- 3/2
Sutton Foster, "Little Women" - 7/2
Sherie Rene Scott, "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" - 30/1
Erin Dilly, "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" - 40/1

BEST FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY
Alan Alda, "Glengarry Glen Ross" - 8/5
Michael Stuhlbarg, "The Pillowman" - 9/5
Liev Schreiber, "Glengarry Glen Ross" - 2/1
Gordon Clapp, "Glengarry Glen Ross" - 8/1
David Harbour, "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" - 40/1

BEST FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Adriane Lennox, "Doubt" - 9/5
Amy Ryan, "A Streetcar Named Desire" - 2/1
Heather Goldenhersh, "Doubt" - 11/5
Mireille Enos, "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" - 8/1
Dana Ivey, "The Rivals" - 40/1

BEST FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Dan Fogler, "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" - 4/5
Christopher Sieber, "Spamalot!" - 5/2
Matthew Morrison, "The Light in the Piazza" - 13/5
Michael McGrath, "Spamalot!" - 30/1
Marc Kudisch, "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" - 100/1

BEST FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Sara Ramirez, "Spamalot!" - 3/2
Celia Keenan-Bolger, "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" - 8/5
Jan Maxwell, "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" - 9/5
Joanna Gleason, "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" - 40/1
Kelli O'Hara, "The Light in the Piazza" - 40/1

BEST DIRECTION OF A PLAY
Doug Hughes, "Doubt" - 4/5
John Crowley, "The Pillowman" - 3/1
Joe Mantello, "Glengarry Glen Ross" - 7/2
Scott Ellis, "Twelve Angry Men" - 5/1

BEST DIRECTION OF A MUSICAL
Mike Nichols, "Spamalot!" - 6/5
James Lapine, "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" - 2/1
Jack O'Brien, "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" - 3/1
Bartlett Sher, "The Light in the Piazza" - 6/1


GoldDerby.com is a noncommercial Internet racetrack where pros and
amateurs meet to predict who'll win the top showbiz kudos, including the
Oscars, Golden Globes, Grammys, Emmys and Tonys. The site is designed by
Will Ackerman and Mike Medina. Homepage illustration by Ty Wilson. Its
odds are set by America's Line - see www.americasline.com


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