As the New York theater community prepares for Tuesday’s announcement of nominations for the 65th annual Tony Awards, lead actor in a play is shaping up to be the year’s most hotly contested race. While one or two major-name stars invariably get shut out of the shortlist, a whole roster of them this season will be feeling the chill. Among the front-runners tipped to compete with Rylance, according to the buzz, is two-time Tony winner Al Pacino for his balanced work in making Shakespeare’s moneylender Shylock both villain and victim in The Merchant of Venice. Al Pacino deserves the award making the total amount of Tony’s 3. Good Luck Al.
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