The 2016 Tony Awards are only 7 days away, so we’ll be featuring a new musical each day leading up to the awards ceremony on Sunday, June 12th. What better way to kick off the week with a spotlight on the musical that has already made Tony history this year…even before the awards have been handed out.
Hamilton is a musical about the life of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, with music, lyrics and book by Lin-Manuel Miranda. The show, inspired by the 2004 biography Alexander Hamilton by historian Ron Chernow, achieved both critical acclaim and box office success. (Wikipedia)
Hamilton landed an incredible 16 Tony nominations, more than any musical has ever received before (The Producers and Billy Elliot both had 15 each). It has the chance to also take another crown from The Producers: the musical comedy won creator Mel Brooks 12 Tonys including Best Musical.
Hamilton’s list of nominations pits some of the cast up against each other in leading/featured actor categories:
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Leslie Odom Jr.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
Renee Elise Goldsberry
Best Book of a Musical
Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Best Costume Design of a Musical
Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Best Direction of a Musical
The 2016 Tony Awards have already been dubbed as the “HamilTonys,” even by musical theatre legend Andrew Lloyd Webber himself. The hype surrounding the show is insane, with tickets impossible to get until at least February. I, personally, has two friends who had to pony up a cool $500 to see the show in August…and that’s per ticket.
If you have yet to drink the Hamilton Kool Aid, enjoy our photo gallery and the following video clips. Leave your thoughts in the comments section below!