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Hamilton sets new Tony Award nominations record

2016-05-04 08:43
 

New York — The megahit musical Hamilton has grabbed a record-breaking 16 Tony Award nominations, the biggest haul in Broadway history and another step in the show's march into theatrical history.

Lin-Manuel Miranda's hip-hop-flavoured biography about the first U.S. treasury secretary on Tuesday broke the 15-nominations record held jointly by The Producers and Billy Elliot. Hamilton was nominated in virtually every category it could compete in, from acting to scenic design.

"I feel really grateful that they kind of spread the wealth. It's hard to ask for more, Miranda said. "This isn't a book award. This isn't like I wrote some novel by myself with an editor. Theater requires collaboration and I'm lucky to be working with some of the best people in their respective fields alive right now."

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Next month, Hamilton will fight for Broadway's biggest crown — best new musical — with Bright Star, School of Rock, Shuffle Along and Waitress.

There were a few surprises, including Jennifer Hudson being overlooked in The Colour Purple.

However the actress was not surprised that she had not received a nomination. In response to a tweet she said she was used for her celebrity status and not her talent. She has since deleted her tweet. 

After Hamilton, the other top nominations went to the musical Shuffle Along, a show that explores a ground-breaking  95-year-old musical starring, written and directed by African-Americans, which got 10 nominations, and the revival of She Loves Me, which earned eight.


See a select list of nominations here

Best Musical: "Bright Star"; "Hamilton"; "School of Rock_The Musical"; "Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed"; "Waitress".

Best Play: "Eclipsed" by Danai Gurira; "The Father" by Florian Zeller; "The Humans" by Stephan Karan; "King Charles III" by Mike Bartlett.

Best Book of a Musical: "Bright Star" by Steve Martin; "Hamilton" by Lin-Manuel Miranda; "School of Rock_The Musical" by Julian Fellowes; "Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed" by George C. Wolfe.

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theater: "Bright Star" with music by Steve Martin and music and lyrics by Edie Brickell; "Hamilton" with music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda; "School of Rock_The Musical" with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Glenn Slater; "Waitress" with music and lyrics by Sara Bareilles.

Best Revival of a Play: "Arthur Miller's The Crucible"; "Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge"; "Blackbird"; "Long Day's Journey Into Night"; "Noises Off".

Best Revival of a Musical: "The Color Purple"; "Fiddler on the Roof": "She Loves Me"; "Spring Awakening".

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play: Gabriel Byrne, "Long Day's Journey Into Night"; Jeff Daniels, "Blackbird"; Frank Langella, "The Father"; Tim Pigott-Smith, "King Charles III"; Mark Strong, "Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge".

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play: Jessica Lange, "Long Day's Journey Into Night"; Laurie Metcalf, "Misery"; Lupita Nyong'o, "Eclipsed"; Sophie Okonedo, "Arthur Miller's The Crucible"; Michelle Williams, "Blackbird".

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical: Alex Brightman, "School of Rock_The Musical"; Danny Burstein, "Fiddler on the Roof"; Zachary Levi, "She Loves Me"; Lin-Manuel Miranda, "Hamilton"; Leslie Odom Jr., "Hamilton".

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical: Laura Benanti, "She Loves Me"; Carmen Cusack, "Bright Star"; Cynthia Erivo, "The Color Purple"; Jessie Mueller, "Waitress"; Phillipa Soo, "Hamilton".

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play: Reed Birney, "The Humans"; Bill Camp, "Arthur Miller's The Crucible"; David Furr, "Noises Off"; Richard Goulding, "King Charles III"; Michael Shannon, "Long Day's Journey Into Night".

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play: Pascale Armand, "Eclipsed"; Megan Hilty, "Noises Off"; Jayne Houdyshell, "The Humans"; Andrea Martin, "Noises Off"; Saycon Sengbloh, "Eclipsed".

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical: Daveed Diggs, "Hamilton"; Brandon Victor Dixon, "Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed"; Christopher Fitzgerald, "Waitress"; Jonathan Groff, "Hamilton"; Christopher Jackson, "Hamilton".

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical: Danielle Brooks, "The Color Purple"; Renee Elise Goldsberry, "Hamilton"; Jane Krakowski, "She Loves Me"; "Jennifer Simard, "Disaster!"; Adrienne Warren, "Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed".

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