History has its eyes on “Hamilton.” Broadway’s hip-hop musical about U.S. Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton scored 16 Tony nominations Tuesday morning, breaking the record for most Tony noms.
Many predicted “Hamilton” could break the record held by “The Producers” and “Billy Elliot.” Both shows received 15 nominations, but “Hamilton” managed to earn one more (despite best sound design no longer being an available category).
— Hamilton (@HamiltonMusical) May 3, 2016
In the acting categories, it’ll be a face-off between the men of “Hamilton” — or should we say a duel? Lin Manuel-Miranda and Leslie Odom Jr., who play rivals Hamilton and Burr respectively, are in the best leading actor in a musical category. Meanwhile, Daveed Diggs, Christopher Jackson and Jonathan Groff are in the best featured actor in a musical category.
The Schuyler sisters won’t have to compete with each other, though. Phillipa Soo is in the best leading actress in a musical category while Renée Elise Goldsberry is nominated for best featured actress.
“Hamilton” also scored nominations for best musical, best book of a musical (Miranda), best original score and lyrics written for theater (Miranda), best orchestrations (Alex Lacamoire), best scenic design (David Korins), best costume design (Paul Tazewell), best lighting design (Howell Binkley) and best direction of a musical (Thomas Kale).
“The Producers” holds the record for most Tony Award wins with 12. Will the musical about the ten-dollar founding father be able to break the record for most Tony Awards won? Despite having multiple nominations in the same categories, they do have the potential to take home 13 statues.
Miranda appeared to be celebrating with his family during the nominations Tuesday morning. His father, Luis A. Miranda, posted a picture to Twitter right after the nominations finished.
— Luis A. Miranda, Jr. (@Vegalteno) May 3, 2016
“Hamilton” has been one of the most successful Broadway musicals in recent history. The show is sold out for the next several months, and lotteries for last minute tickets attract huge crowds (partly because Miranda puts on a short performance for the outside crowd every Wednesday). The Tony Awards aren’t the first to honor “Hamilton,” either. Miranda won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama last month.
The 2016 Tony Awards air Sunday, June 12, at 8 p.m. EDT on CBS.