NEW YORK (AP) — It's Tony Award nomination time and this year that means a lot of nail-biting. Not only are there no obvious front-runners for best musical or play, but there's also virtually no lock in the acting categories.

With the possible exception of Audra McDonald, Bryan Cranston, Denzel Washington and Neil Patrick Harris, few performers are guaranteed a spot Tuesday when nominations are revealed. The top prize — best musical — has plenty of candidates, but most have bugged critics for one reason or another.

The nominations will be announced from The Paramount Hotel in a televised event co-hosted by the star of HBO's "Looking" Jonathan Groff and "Elementary" cast member Lucy Liu. The Tonys will be handed out June 8 at Radio City Music Hall.




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