Not content with rave reviews, ticket sales approaching $100 million, a Grammy, the Pulitzer Prize, and high praise from the FLOTUS, Lin-Manuel Miranda can now count a few more accolades for his Broadway hit: Hamilton has been nominated for a record 16 Tony Awards.
Nominations were announced this morning (May 3) in New York, with the groundbreaking hip-hop musical about the nation’s founding fathers receiving nods for best musical, best score, best book and best direction, not to mention the SEVEN cast members who were nominated for their performances as well.
It’s the most number of nominations a musical has ever received in a single year, beating 2001’s The Producers and 2009’s Billy Elliot, both of which held the previous record of 15. (The Producers holds the record for most awards won at 12.)
Nominees for the coveted best musical also include Bright Star, School of Rock: The Musical, Shuffle Along, or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed, and Waitress, though none of them will probably be expecting a win when up against the hip-hop juggernaut.
Also among nominees were Undercover‘s Sophie Okonedo for The Crucible; Lupita Nyong’o for Eclipsed; Michelle Williams for Blackbird; 30 Rock and Kimmy Schmidt‘s Jane Krakowski for She Loves Me; Michael Shannon, Gabriel Byrne and Jessica Lange for Long Day’s Journey Into Night; and Roseanne‘s Laurie Metcalf for Misery.
The New York Times has a full list of nominations, but if you were hoping to get Hamilton tickets, you know what this means: that wait just got a little longer.
The winners will be announced in a ceremony hosted by James Corden, himself a Broadway veteran and one-time Tony Award winner, on July 12.Read More