‘Hamilton’ Shoots to Top of Tony Awards With 11 Wins
Hamilton rose to the occasion and scored an impressive 11 trophies at the 2016 Tony Awards on Sunday night, including Best Musical. The blockbuster hip-hop musical about America’s founding father was nominated for a record-breaking 16 awards during Sunday’s prizegiving, and in addition to the top award presented to them by Barbra Streisand, the show’s star, creator and lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda, took individual prizes for Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score.
Miranda lost the Best Leading Actor in a Musical trophy to his co-star Leslie Odom, Jr., while other acting prizes went to Renee Elise Goldsberry (Best Featured Actress in a Musical) and Daveed Diggs (Best Featured Actor in a Musical). The creative team had a near clean sweep, winning Best Direction of a Musical (Thomas Kail), Best Choreography (Andy Blankenbuehler), Best Orchestrations (Alex Lacamoire), Best Costume Design (Paul Tazewell), and Best Lighting Design (Howell Binkley). Although Hamilton went home with 11 trophies, it did not break the record for the most wins in one night, which is held by The Producers. The musical was honored with 12 Tonys in 2001. Meanwhile, acclaimed show The Humans scored the most trophies in the play categories, for Best Play, Best Featured Actor and Actress prizes for its two stars Reed Birney and Jayne Houdyshell, respectively, and Best Scenic Design of a Play for David Zinn. Frank Langella earned his fourth Tony for Best Leading Actor in a Play for The Father, while Jessica Lange won her first Tony for Best Leading Actress in a Play for Long Day’s Journey Into Night. Arthur Miller’s A View From The Bridge was given two Tonys, for Best Revival of a Play and for its director Ivo van Hove. Casts from each of the Best Musical contenders – Bright Star, Hamilton, School of Rock, Shuffle Along, and Waitress – treated viewers to song and dance numbers, while stars from Best Revival of a Musical nominees, The Color Purple, Fiddler on the Roof, She Loves Me and Spring Awakening, also hit the stage to perform. Bebe Neuwirth also led a 20th anniversary tribute to the revival of long-running musical Chicago, the show which earned her her second Tony Award in 1997. The list of winners at the 70th Annual Tony Awards is as follows: Best Musical: Hamilton Best Play: The Humans Best Revival of a Musical: The Color Purple Best Revival of a Play: Arthur Miller’s A View From The Bridge Best Book of a Musical: Lin-Manuel Miranda – Hamilton Best Original Score: Lin-Manuel Miranda – Hamilton Best Leading Actor in a Musical: Leslie Odom, Jr. – Hamilton Best Leading Actress in a Musical: Cynthia Erivo – The Color Purple Best Leading Actor in a Play: Frank Langella – The Father Best Leading Actress in a Play: Jessica Lange – Long Day’s Journey Into Night Best Featured Actor in a Musical: Daveed Diggs – Hamilton Best Featured Actress in a Musical: Renee Elise Goldsberry – Hamilton Best Featured Actor in a Play: Reed Birney – The Humans Best Featured Actress in a Play: Jayne Houdyshell – The Humans Best Direction of a Musical: Thomas Kail – Hamilton Best Direction of a Play: Ivo van Hove – Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge Best Lighting Design of a Musical: Howell Binkley – Hamilton Best Lighting Design of a Play: Natasha Katz – Long Day’s Journey Into Night Best Costume Design of a Musical: Paul Tazewell – Hamilton Best Costume Design of a Play: Clint Ramos – Eclipsed Best Scenic Design of a Musical: David Rockwell – She Loves Me Best Scenic Design of a Play: David Zinn – The Humans Best Choreography: Andy Blankenbuehler – Hamilton Best Orchestrations: Alex Lacamoire – Hamilton Special Tony Award: National Endowment for the Arts and Miles Wilkin Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award: Brian Stokes Mitchell Regional Theater Tony Award: Paper Mill Playhouse Lifetime Achievement: Sheldon Harnick and Marshall W. Mason.
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