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June 09, 2012 AT 01:00 PM EDT

Are you ready for the Tonys?! With Broadway’s most important night only a day away, we’ve got Tony on the brain. The competition at the Neil Patrick Harris-hosted ceremony is fierce, but EW has a mighty useful guide to help you get up to speed on this year’s nominees for Best Play, Best Musical, Best Revival of a Play and Best Revival of a Musical. Our stage critics Thom Geier and Melissa Rose Bernardo offered their predictions for the winners, but as we know, anything can happen at the Tonys. Be sure to join Thom and editor Laura Hertzfeld as they live-blog the event on starting at 8 p.m. EST, while Melissa and I bring you coverage from the red carpet and inside the Beacon Theatre!

Earlier this week, EW lounged with Liza Minnelli, chatted up last year’s Tony winner Nikki M. James, and went backstage at The Book of Mormon‘s second annual Fan Day (which also marked star Josh Gad’s last show). We also brought you the news about Broadway’s billion-dollar boom, Julie Taymor’s courtroom drama, and Hugh Jackman’s prodigal return to the Tonys. And we triple-dog-dare you not to get excited that a musical version of A Christmas Story is headed to Broadway later this year. As for this week’s new openings, they all happened Off Broadway:

Medieval Play EW critic Lisa Schwarzbaum reviewed writer-director Kenneth Lonergan’s self-aware Middle Age mockery, but had less-than-positive things to say about the “distractingly unfocused production.” EW grade: C

Potted Potter Thom Geier caught daffy, family-friendly parody of J.K. Rowling’s boy wizard that “[p]int-size Muggles are unlikely to resist.” EW grade: B+

Chimichangas and Zoloft Stephan Lee called this story about a Mexican-American woman’s midlife crisis “hard-to-digest” and “overwritten.” EW grade: C

Empire Clark Collis’s trekked to Spiegelworld’s “low-budget” and “edgy alternative to Cirque du Soleil.” EW grade: B–

Read more:

EW’s Stage Coverage

EW’s Tony Awards Coverage

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