‘Hamilton’ Shoots to Top of Tony Awards With 11 Wins
Entertainment| | By Sara Wilkins
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 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
Andy Blankenbuehler – Hamilton
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
Sheldon Harnick and Marshall W. Mason.