Hamilton wins big at the Tony Awards

2016-06-13 07:47
 

New York —  The Broadway smash Hamilton — to the surprise of no one — dominated the Tony Awards.

Lin-Manuel Miranda's hip-hop-flavoured biography about the first U.S. treasury secretary won 11 awards having earned a record-breaking 16 nominations.

Hamilton has burst through the Broadway bubble like few shows. It has been praised by politicians and rap stars, influenced the debate over the nation's currency and the show has become a cultural phenomenon.

The Tony-winning show has previously won the Pulitzer Prize for drama, a Grammy, the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History and Miranda earned a MacArthur Foundation "genius" grant.

The awards hosted by James Corden were dedicated to those affected by the Orlando nightclub shooting that killed at least 50 people.

Corden opened Broadway's biggest night with a message for the fallen in Orlando:

"Our hearts go out to all of those affected by this atrocity. All we can say is you're not on your own right now. Your tragedy is our tragedy," he said in part, adding.

"Hate will never win. Together we have to make sure of that. Tonight's show stands as a symbol and a celebration of that principle. This is the Tony Awards."

The evening then kicked off with a riff from front-runner Hamilton.

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Here is a select list of winners:

Best Musical: Hamilton.

Best Play: The Humans by Stephan Karan.

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theater: Hamilton with music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Best Revival of a Play: Arthur Miller's a View from the Bridge.

Best Revival of a Musical: The Color Purple.



Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play: Frank Langella, The Father.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play: Jessica Lange, Long Day's Journey Into Night.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical: Leslie Odom Jr., Hamilton.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical: Cynthia Erivo, The Color Purple.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play: Reed Birney, The Humans.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play: Jayne Houdyshell, The Humans.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical: Renee Elise Goldsberry, Hamilton.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical: Daveed Diggs, Hamilton.

Best Direction of a Play: Ivo Van Hove, Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge.

Best Direction of a Musical: Thomas Kail, Hamilton.


(Photos: AP)

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