Hamilton Makes Broadway History With 16 Tony Nods

No one's really surprised that Lin-Manuel Miranda's hit musical is leading the pack
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 3, 2016 9:08 AM CDT
Hamilton Makes Broadway History With 16 Tony Nods
This image released by the Public Theater shows Lin-Manuel Miranda, foreground, with the cast during a performance of "Hamilton" in New York.   (Joan Marcus)

The megahit musical Hamilton has grabbed a record-breaking 16 Tony Award nominations, the biggest haul in Broadway history and another notch in the show's march into theatrical history. Lin-Manuel Miranda's hip-hop-flavored biography about the first US treasury secretary broke the 15-nominations record Tuesday held by The Producers and Billy Elliot. Hamilton was nominated in virtually every category it could compete in, from acting to scenic design. Next month, it will compete for Broadway's biggest crown—best new musical—with Bright Star, School of Rock, Shuffle Along, and Waitress.

The New York Times notes that those competitors probably realize they don't have much of a shot against Miranda's powerhouse production, but they know the nomination itself may help boost ticket sales for their own musicals. Deadline reports Hamilton has already brought in a never-before-seen $80 million in advance ticket sales since it began its official Great White Way run in August. Meanwhile, the best play category is composed of Eclipsed, The Father, The Humans, and King Charles III. The awards will be handed out June 12, with James Corden playing host from the Beacon Theatre in New York. (Hamilton also just won a Pulitzer.)

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