The Top Tony Contenders

June 06, 1993|By J. Wynn Rousuck

The competition for best play and best musical in tonight's Tony Awards boils down to a contest between two nominees in each category. Here's a look at the favorites:


"Angels in America: Millennium Approaches"

Tony Kushner, playwright

Kushner's epic examination of AIDS, religion and politicincludes characters ranging from an angel to McCarthyite lawyer Roy Cohn. It has garnered a record number of nominations (nine) for a non-musical.

"The Sisters Rosensweig"

Wendy Wasserstein, playwright

This warm, funny, poignant play chronicles the reunion of three Jewish-American middle-aged sisters in London. As conventional as "Angels" is unconventional, "Rosensweig" is an ideal touring show; it's slated to come to the Mechanic Theatre next season.

Of the remaining nominees, "Someone Who'll Watch Over Me," Frank McGuinness' moving drama about three hostages in Beirut, is a long shot. And Tug Yourgrau's anti-apartheid play, "The Song of Jacob Zulu," closed before being nominated. "Kiss of the Spider Woman"

Terrence McNally, book

John Kander, music; Fred Ebb, lyrics

Based on Manuel Puig's novel about a homosexual window dresser who shares a Latin-American prison cell with a Marxist revolutionary, this stunning musical features perhaps the best score yet by the team responsible for "Cabaret" and "Chicago."

"The Who's Tommy"

Pete Townshend and Des McAnuff, book

Pete Townshend, music and lyrics

The stage version of The Who's 1969 rock opera about a traumatized child who becomes a pinball wizard, "Tommy" is paced with all the slick, flashy excitement of a pinball game. It also has the advantage of a recognizable score. These characteristics may propel it to a Tony. But despite the bells and whistles, it's difficult to become emotionally involved with numb Tommy.

Coincidentally, both "Kiss" and "Tommy" had previous incarnations as films, as did "The Goodbye Girl," the third musical nominee. However, "Girl" is a highly unlikely choice; its book (by Neil Simon) and score (by Marvin Hamlisch and David Zippel) were overlooked in the nominations. Filling out the category is Willy Russell's "Blood Brothers," a struggling small-scale British import about twins separated at birth.

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