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Regards to Broadway

Will the giddy ''Hairspray'' beat Billy Joel's ''Movin' Out''? EW.com predicts the top six races for Broadway's biggest night of the year

Baz Luhrmann's La Boheme
Image credit: La Boheme: Sue Adler

''Hairspray'' wins it all? EW.com predicts the Tonys

Welcome to the Wolverine White Way? How else to explain the excitement about Aussie hunk-turned-Hollywood-star Hugh Jackman (''X2'') serving as the master of ceremonies for the June 8 telecast of the 2003 Tony Awards (8-11 p.m., CBS). Of course, there are also some thrilling nominees: ''Hairspray,'' which wowed audiences, with a lucky 13 nods. And Billy Joel and Twyla Tharp with a nice round 10 for their lively dance musical, ''Movin' Out.''

Still, five nominations for ''Amour,'' Michel Legrand's French confection that had about as much appeal as a week-old éclair? And two for ''Urban Cowboy,'' the most universally reviled show of the season? Then there's Baz Luhrmann's ''La Bohème'' (pictured above), which earned six nods while confounding the Tony powers-that-be with its rotating casts and its operatic identity. For Broadway, it's been an uneven year, to say the least.

But enough about the past. Read on for our peek into the future, as we predict the plays and stars who'll soon be taking home a Tony.

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