Sunday, November 28, 2021

Tony Awards: ‘Hamilton’ Wins Big, but Doesn’t Break Record (WATCH)

*As expected by most observers, the 2016 Tony Award for best new musical went to “Hamilton,” the hip-hop stage biography of Alexander Hamilton. It came on a night filled with emotion as the Broadway community came together to support the LGBT world in the wake of a massacre at a Florida gay nightclub.

The musical created by Lin-Manuel Miranda about the first treasury secretary of the US won 11 Tonys, just short of breaking the 12-Tony record held by “The Producers.”

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

Leslie Odom Jr., who plays Aaron Burr, won best actor and thanked Miranda for “a new vision of what’s possible.” He also thanked his wife, actress Nicolette Robinson and his parents, reports theAP.

The show earlier won awards for costume and lighting but lost scenic design to “She Loves Me,” meaning “Hamilton” couldn’t break the 12-statuette record haul by “The Producers.” Still, few shows get introduced by a sitting president, as Barack and Michelle Obama did for the performance by the show’s cast.

The awards show unspooled with a heavy heart a night after a gunman killed 50 people at a gay Florida nightclub, prompting a Broadway tribute to the victims at the top of the show and a smattering of references to tolerance throughout it.

Host James Corden, his back to the audience, 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.

But for much of the telecast, the mood was light and typical of an awards show.

Miranda, the star and creator of “Hamilton,” won for best score and book, and read from onstage a sonnet, referencing tragedy and urging “love and love and love….”

Thomas Kail won the Tony for directing “Hamilton.” He thanked Miranda, a frequent collaborator, and celebrated the diversity of Broadway this season. “Let’s continue to tell stories,” he said.

English actress Cynthia Erivo won the Tony for best actress for her Broadway debut in “The Color Purple.” She thanked her cast for “making me a stronger woman on that stage.” Her show, which failed to beat “Jersey Boys” for the best musical Tony Award in 2006, won the best musical revival award in 2016.

For MORE of theAP’s report on “Hamilton ” and other Tony Awards winners, click HERE.

Here is a list of the winners, marked by an asterisk, and the other nominees (Via CNN):

Best play

“The Father”
*”The Humans”
“King Charles III”

Best musical

“Bright Star”
“School of Rock”
“Shuffle Along”

Best revival of a play

“The Crucible”
*”A View From the Bridge”
“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

Steve Martin, “Bright Star”
*Lin-Manuel Miranda, “Hamilton”
Julian Fellowes, “School of Rock”
George C. Wolfe, “Shuffle Along”

Best original score

Steve Martin, Edie Brickell, “Bright Star”
*Lin-Manuel Miranda, “Hamilton”
Glenn Slater, Andrew Lloyd Webber, “School of Rock”
Sara Bareilles, “Waitress”

Best leading actor 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, “A View from the Bridge”

Best leading actress in a play

*Jessica Lange, “Long Day’s Journey into Night”
Laurie Metcalfe, “Misery”
Lupita Nyong’o, “Eclipsed”
Sophie Okonedo, “The Crucible”
Michelle Williams, “Blackbird”

Best leading actor in a musical

Alex Brightman, “School of Rock”
Danny Burnstein, “Fiddler on the Roof”
Zachary Levi, “She Loves Me”
Lin-Manuel Miranda, “Hamilton”
*Leslie Odom Jr., “Hamilton”

Best 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 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 Day’s Journey into Night”

Best featured actress in a play

Pascale Armand, “Eclipsed”
Megan Hilty, “Noises Off”
*Jayne Houdyshell, “The Humans”
Andrea Martin, “Noises Off”
Saycon Sengbloh, “Eclipsed”

Best featured actor in a musical

*Daveed Diggs, “Hamilton”
Brandon Victor Dixon, “Shuffle Along”
Christopher Fitzgerald, “Waitress”
Jonathan Groff, “Hamilton”
Christopher Jackson, “Hamilton”

Best featured actress in a musical

Danielle Brooks, “The Color Purple”
*Renee Elise Goldsberry, “Hamilton”
Jane Krakowski, “She Loves Me”
Jennifer Simard, “Disaster!”
Adrienne Warren, “Shuffle Along”

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 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”
*Paul Tazewell, “Hamilton”

Best lighting design of a play

*Natasha Katz, “Long Day’s 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 Day’s Journey Into Night”
Joe Mantello, “The Humans”
Liesl 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”

Special Tony Awards for lifetime achievement in the theatre

*Sheldon Harnick and Marshall W. Mason

Special Tony Awards

*The National Endowment for the Arts and Miles Wilkin

Regional Theatre Tony Award

*Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn, NJ

Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award

*Brian Stokes Mitchell

Tony honors for excellence

*Sally Ann Parsons, Joan Lader and Seth Gelblum



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