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'Hamilton' leads Tony nods, sets record with 16 nominations

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton will fight for Broadway’s biggest crown — best new musical — on June 12.

New York Times (2015)

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton will fight for Broadway’s biggest crown — best new musical — on June 12.

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

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

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

School of Rock, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Julian Fellowes' adaptation of the Jack Black movie about a wannabe rocker who enlists fifth-graders, earned four nominations, including best musical, book, original score and best leading man in Alex Brightman.

"It's a funny season this one, isn't it," Lloyd Webber said from London. "As you know, it's the 'Hamil-Tonys.' We've gotten everything we could have hoped for and that's all we'll get. But it's lovely in this season of all seasons to get score and musical and book. We're terribly pleased."

The best play category is composed of Eclipsed, The Father, The Humans and King Charles III.

The awards will be handed out June 12, with James Corden playing host from the Beacon Theatre.

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

Audra McDonald, eligible as a lead actress in a musical, was not nominated and will not be able to win her seventh Tony.

Hamilton earned seven acting nominations — Miranda, Leslie Odom Jr., Phillipa Soo, Daveed Diggs, Jonathan Groff, Christopher Jackson and Renee Elise Goldsberry. It also earned nominations for scenic design, costumes, lighting design, direction, choreography, orchestrations, best book and best original score.

Soo, nominated for best leading actress in a musical, will face off against Laura Benanti, a previous Tony winner who stars in She Loves Me, the 1963 romantic musical by Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock about two star-crossed co-workers at a perfume store. Benanti and Soo also face competition from Carmen Cusack in Bright Star, Cynthia Erivo in The Color Purple and Jessie Mueller in Waitress.

"It feels like in this political climate and what's happening in our nation as well as so much violence happening all over the world that to have two hours and 45 minutes to just sit in a theater and smile and laugh and be transported to a sweeter, softer place feels really necessary to me right now," said Benanti, who was enjoying her first-time nomination in a leading actress category.

"I think that there is room for so many different types of shows on Broadway and that's what I'm loving about this particular Broadway season. You can go to a show and be educated. You can go to a show and be entertained. Our particular show feels like putting on the most comfortable pajamas you've ever owned."

Hamilton has burst into pop culture like few shows. U.S. presidential candidates have tweeted about it, the show has influenced the debate over the nation's currency, and it has been referenced on Saturday Night Live.

Hollywood stars didn't do so well Tuesday, with Clive Owen, Al Pacino, Bruce Willis, Keira Knightley, Saoirse Ronan and George Takei all missing out on nods.

2016 Tony Award nominations:

Best Play

Eclipsed

The Father

The Humans

King Charles III

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 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 Book of a Musical

Bright Star, Steve Martin

Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda

School of Rock—The Musical, Julian Fellowes

Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed, George C. Wolfe

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre

Bright Star, Music: Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Lyrics: Edie Brickell

Hamilton, Music & Lyrics: Lin-Manuel Miranda

School of Rock—The Musical, Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber, Lyrics: Glenn Slater

Waitress, Music & Lyrics: Sara Bareilles

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

• Renée 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

Best Scenic Design of a Play

• Beowulf Boritt, Thérèse Raquin

• Christopher Oram, Hughie

• Jan Versweyveld, Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge

• David Zinn, The Humans

Best Scenic Design of a Musical

• Es Devlin & Finn Ross, American Psycho

• David Korins, Hamilton

• Santo Loquasto, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed

• David Rockwell, She Loves Me

Best Costume Design of a Play

• Jane Greenwood, Long Day's Journey Into Night

• Michael Krass, Noises Off

• Clint Ramos, Eclipsed

• Tom Scutt, King Charles III

Best Costume Design of a Musical

• Gregg Barnes, Tuck Everlasting

• Jeff Mahshie, She Loves Me

• Ann Roth, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed

• Paul Tazewell, Hamilton

Best Lighting Design of a Play

• Natasha Katz, Long Day's Journey Into Night

• Justin Townsend, The Humans

• Jan Versweyveld, Arthur Miller's The Crucible

• Jan Versweyveld, Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge

Best Lighting Design of a Musical

• Howell Binkley, Hamilton

• Jules Fisher & Peggy Eisenhauer, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed

• Ben Stanton, Spring Awakening

• Justin Townsend, American Psycho

Best Direction of a Play

• Rupert Goold, King Charles III

• Jonathan Kent, Long Day's Journey Into Night

• Joe Mantello, The Humans

• Liesl Tommy, Eclipsed

• Ivo Van Hove, Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge

Best Direction of a Musical

• Michael Arden, Spring Awakening

• John Doyle, The Color Purple

• Scott Ellis, She Loves Me

• Thomas Kail, Hamilton

• George C. Wolfe, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed

Best Choreography

• Andy Blankenbuehler, Hamilton

• Savion Glover, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed

• Hofesh Shechter, Fiddler on the Roof

• Randy Skinner, Dames at Sea

• Sergio Trujillo, On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan

Best Orchestrations

• August Eriksmoen, Bright Star

• Larry Hochman, She Loves Me

• Alex Lacamoire, Hamilton

• Daryl Waters, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed

'Hamilton' leads Tony nods, sets record with 16 nominations 05/03/16 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 3, 2016 7:30pm]
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