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Broadway's biggest night is fast approaching., as the 2013 Tony Awards are set to be handed out Sunday night. So who will come out on top? NY1's Roma Torre takes a look at some of the big races.

Handicapping the Tony Awards is a real head-scratcher this year. Practically all of the acting categories are up for grabs and the all-important best musical is a tossup.

Among the top eight categories, I can pick three with likely winners: Musical Revival - Pippin; Play Revival - Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf; and Best Play - Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.

Now the hard part: Lead actress in a play comes down to two equally deserving women: The Trip To Bountiful's Cicely Tyson and Kristine Nielsen in Vanya and Sonia, but sentiment may give the veteran Ms. Tyson the edge so I think she'll be the one making the trip to meet Tony.

Among the Leading actors in a play, it could go to any of four top contenders: Lucky Guy's Tom Hanks, Vanya and Sonia's David Hyde Pierce, Tracy Letts in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf and Nathan Lane in The Nance. Barring a much preferred tie, given Mr. Hanks' star power, life may imitate art, casting him as the night's "luckiest guy."

In the musicals, the Leading Actress contest will pit Pippin's Patina Miller against Cinderella's Laura Osnes but I think Patina is the one who'll be emerging happily ever after this time.

Among the men vying for Lead Performance in a Musical, there's Matilda's Bertie Carvel and Billy Porter in Kinky Boots. Billy's got the bigger role with heart and soul and so look for his boots to do the walking Tony night.

And finally, best musical is the hardest to predict: the homegrown Kinky Boots vs. the Brit hit Matilda. Another tie perhaps? How I wish but I'm going with Kinky to kick butt at the Tony's.

Once again, these are my predictions, not necessarily my favorites. One thing's for sure though, this year's Tony's are going to be loaded with suspense.

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