“Hamilton” Wins 11 Tony Awards

Leslie Odom Jr.
Leslie Odom Jr.

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hip-hop biography about Alexander Hamilton, the first U.S. treasury secretary, “Hamilton,” won 11 Tony Awards including “best new musical”. The Tony Awards Show was broadcasted live from New York City’s Beacon Theatre on Sunday night.

“Hamilton” swept the evening with 16 nominations and, in addition to taking the musical award, won best score, best book, direction, orchestration, choreography and best featured actor and actress statuettes for Renee Elise Goldsberry and Daveed Diggs.

The award show opened with the cast of “Hamilton” performing their opening number with the lyrics changed slightly to put a twist on James Corden as host..

Leslie Odom Jr., who plays Aaron Burr, won best actor and gave thanks to Miranda for “a new vision of what’s possible,”; his wife, actress Nicolette Robinson and his parents.

The show also won awards for costume and lighting. President Obama and First Lady Michelle introduced the show for the performance by the show’s cast. The awards show was smeared with a heavy heart a night after a gunman killed 50 people at a gay Florida nightclub in Orlando.

This hideous act of violence prompted a Broadway tribute to the victims at the top of the show and a many references were made throughout the show.

Host James Corden, turned his back to the audience and spoke to viewers when he dedicated the night to celebrating the diversity of Broadway. “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,” he said.

“Hamilton” and the 38 new productions this season helped Broadway’s attendance figures hit a record high, up 1.6 percent to 13.3 million ticket buyers. The season also was rich in diversity among actors: Fourteen of the 40 Tony nominees for acting in plays and musicals, or 35 percent were actors of color.

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