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PopWrapped | Theater

Tony Award Nominations 2016 – Hamilton Breaks The Record

Ursula Martinez | PopWrapped Author

Ursula Martinez

Updated 05/6/2016 5:10pm
Tony Award Nominations 2016 – Hamilton Breaks The Record | Tony
Media Courtesy of Joan Marcus

Today, Book of Mormon alums Nikki M. James and Andrew Rannells were up bright and early to announce the Tony Award Nominations.

We would know his name, indeed. To say Hamilton is a big hit is the understatement of the decade. The perpetually sold-out show has been acclaimed by critics and audience alike, and now we see that praise translate to the biggest awards in theatre. Hamilton has made history today by snagging 16 Tony nominations, more than any other show in the history of the awards.

The Producers (2001) and Billy Elliot (2009) held the previous record for the most Tony nominations ever, with 15 nominations each. The record for the most wins is held by The Producers, with 12 Tony awards.

Hamilton creator and Pulitzer Prize winner Lin-Manuel Miranda is nominated in three categories for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical, Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score Written for the Theatre.

Miranda will compete against Hamilton’s own Leslie Odom Jr. for the Leading Actor in a Musical Tony. Besides Miranda and Odom, five more Hamilton actors have been nominated, including Glee and Looking star, Jonathan Groff. Groff played King George in the groundbreaking show and has proven the old adage that there are no small roles, only small actors. King George is not featured as much as other characters on the show, but Groff has consistently chewed off the scenery in the small amount of time he has been on stage.

After the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, the Tony nominations clearly got the message. The nominations, impressively, look very diverse. Aside from Hamilton -- which, among its good things, casts people of color to play historical figures -- Shuffle Along, the show that follows Hamilton’s lead with a remarkable 10 Tony nominations, was written by four African-American Vaudeville veterans; The Color Purple tells the story of African-American women in the South; Eclipsed, starring Lupita Nyong’o, has an all-female African-American cast; Spring Awakening revival’s cast is comprised by hearing-impaired performers, and sign language is used throughout the show; and the team behind Waitress is all female, led by Grammy-nominated singer Sara Bareilles, who wrote the music and lyrics for the show and who, today, received her first Tony nomination. It certainly looks like Broadway and the Tony Nominations Committee are doing things the right way by promoting equality of opportunities.

Some notable acting nominees, known to the public for TV and movie performances, are Gabriel Byrne, Jessica Lange and Michael Shannon for Long Days' Journey Into Night, Jeff Daniels and Michelle Williams for Blackbird, Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o for her Broadway debut in Eclipsed, Chuck’s Zachary Levi, Laura Benanti and Jane Krakowski for She Loves Me, Megan Hilty for Noises Off!, and Danielle Brooks for The Color Purple.

The 70th Annual Tony Awards will be hosted by James Corden and will air live from the Beacon Theatre on CBS June 12 at 8 p.m.

Take a look at all the nominees below:

Best Play

Eclipsed

The Father

The Humans

King Charles III

Best Musical

Bright Star

Hamilton

School of Rock—The Musical

Shuffle Along

Waitress

Tony Nominations Julieta Cervantes

Best Revival of a Play 

The Crucible

A View From the Bridge

Blackbird

Long Days' 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 a Leading Actor in a Play

Gabriel Byrne, Long Days' Journey Into Night

Jeff Daniels, Blackbird

Frank Langella, The Father

Tim Pigott-Smith, King Charles III

Mark Strong, A View From the Bridge

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play

Jessica Lange, Long Days' Journey Into Night

Laurie Metcalfe, Misery

Lupita Nyong'o, Eclipsed

Sophie Okenedo, The Crucible

Michelle Williams, Blackbird

Best Performance by a Leading Actor 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 a Leading Actress 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 a Featured Actor in a Play

Reed Birney, The Humans

Bill Camp, The Crucible

David Furr, Noises Off!

Richard Goulding, King Charles III

Michael Shannon, Long Days' Journey Into Night

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play

Pascale Armand, Eclipsed

Megan Hilty, Noises Off!

Jaune Houdyshell, The Humans

Andrea Martin, Noises Off!

Saycon Sengbloh, Eclipsed

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical

Daveed Diggs, Hamilton

Brandon Victor Dixon, Shuffle Along

Christopher Fitzgerald, Waitress

Jonathan Groff, Hamilton

Christopher Jackson, Hamilton

Tony Nominations Joan Marcus

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical

Danielle Brooks, The Color Purple

Renée Elise Goldsberry, Hamilton

Jane Krakowski, She Loves Me

Jennifer Simard, Disaster!

Adrienne Warren, Shuffle Along

Best Book of a Musical

Steve Martin, Bright Star

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton

Julian Fellowes, School of Rock—The Musical

George C. Wolfe, Shuffle Along

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

Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Bright Star

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton

Glenn Slater and Andrew Lloyd Weber, School of Rock—The Musical

Sara Bareilles, Waitress

Tony Nominations Evgenia Eliseeva

Best Scenic Design of a Play

Beowulf Boritt, Thérèse Raquin

Christopher Oram, Hughie

Jan Versweyveld, A View From the Bridge

David Zinn, The Humans

Best Scenic Design of a Musical

Es Devlin and Finn Ross, American Psycho

David Korins, Hamilton

Santo Loquasto, Shuffle Along

David Rockwell, She Loves Me

Best Costume Design of a Play

Jane Greenwood, Long Days' 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

Anne Roth, Shuffle Along

Paul Tazewell, Hamilton

Best Lighting Design of a Play

Natasha Katz, Long Days' Journey Into Night

Justin Townsend, The Humans

Jan Versweyveld, The Crucible

Jan Versweyveld, A View From the Bridge

Best Lighting Design of a Musical

Howell Binkley, Hamilton

Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer, Shuffle Along

Ben Stanton, Spring Awakening

Justin Townsend, American Psycho

Best Direction of a Play

Rupert Goold, King Charles III

Jonathan Kent, Long Days' Journey Into Night

Joe Mantello, The Humans

Liesel Tommy, Eclipsed

Ivo Van Hove, 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

Best Choreography

Andy Blankenbuehler, Hamilton

Savion Glover, Shuffle Along

Hofesh Shechter, Fiddler on the Roof

Randy Skinner, Dames at Sea

Sergio Trujillo, On Your Feet!

Best Orchestrations

August Eriksmoen, Bright Star

Larry Hochman, She Loves Me

Alex LaCamoire, Hamilton

Daryl Waters, Shuffle Along

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