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Going for 2012 Tony Gold! Handicapping the Race for Best Revival of a Musical

Going for 2012 Tony Gold! Handicapping the Race for Best Revival of a Musical
Audra McDonald & Norm Lewis in 'Porgy and Bess' and Ron Raines & Bernadette Peters in 'Follies'
We're praying the Tonys remember 'Godspell.'

It’s almost Tony time, and let's face it: We’re obsessed! In anticipation of the 2012 Tony nominations, which will be announced on May 1, the editorial staff clocked 12 of the top races. Take a look at our forecast, including frontrunners, hopefuls and a “shout out” to one performer or show we hope the Tony nominators won’t forget. Below, our cheat sheet on the race for Best Revival of a Musical.

This beloved Stephen Sondheim/James Goldman musical about a reunion of former showgirls had it all: stage greats, memorable songs, to-die-for designs and a rip-your-heart-out story acted to perfection.

Porgy and Bess
Golden-voiced stars Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis lead a strong ensemble to bring downtrodden Catfish Row—and the glorious Gershwin score—to vibrant life in this reimagined revival.

The first-ever Broadway revival is kicking up its heels and bringing a new Argentina to a new generation.

Jesus Christ Superstar
This flashy version of the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice fave emphasizes the “superstar” in the title.

Also possible: On a Clear Day You Can See Forever

The irresistible peace-and-love energy of the Stephen Schwartz musical makes this revival a feel-good show for all ages, with plenty of heart and soul. Who wouldn’t want to join this happy band of Broadway believers?

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