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Who'll win a Tony for best actor in a musical?

Harvey Fierstein, Hairspray (Stage - 2002)

(Hairspray: Paul Kolnik)

Who’ll win a Tony for best actor in a musical?

What do you know – a category that’s actually pretty tough to call! First, apologies to Gets, Mitchell, and Selya: Gets is a terrific musical actor, but most of us have wiped ”Amour” from our memories; likewise, everyone loves ”Stokes,” but hardly anyone loves ”Man of La Mancha”; and Selya proves a strong leading dancer in ”Movin’ Out,” but that’s not enough this year. It’s down to Banderas and Fierstein (pictured above). ”Nine” – based on the Federico Fellini film ”8 1/2” – is intricate and gorgeous, but it’s not warm or particularly lovable. Still, Banderas is – and he sings like a dream. Meanwhile, Fierstein endured a full-body wax to take on Edna Turnblad. (That deserves a separate award.) He’s the heart of ”Hairspray,” and a beloved Broadway figure. And even though Banderas would probably deliver a wonderful Roberto Benigni-like speech, it’ll likely be Fierstein at the podium, accepting his fourth Tony.
Winner: Fierstein

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