By Natalie Issa
Let’s raise a glass, Hamilton fans (SEE WHAT I DID THERE?)— Earlier it was announced that Hamilton was nominated for a record-shattering 16 Tony awards. SIXTEEN.
“The Producers” set the previous record of Tony nods in 2001, which received 15 nominations, which was matched by “Billy Elliot” in 2009.
Fans of the musical can hardy be surprised by this onslaught of Tony nominations—not only did “Hamilton” change the musical game on Broadway, but it gave a racially diverse cast the chance to step into the limelight.
Speaking of diversity, Hamilton’s diverse cast gave the Tony Awards an opportunity provide a more racially diverse group of nominees. The New York Times reports that out of the 40 acting nominations, 14 were black, Asian-American, and Hispanic. And 6 of these nominees were from Hamilton.
After the shocking lack of diversity in this year’s Academy Awards, this is definitely an improvement. And while this doesn’t fix the lack of racial diversity in the entertainment world, it’s certainly a step in the right direction.
Here’s the complete list of Hamilton's Tony nominations:
Best Direction of a Musical - Thomas Kail
Best Book of a Musical - Lin-Manuel Miranda
Best Original Score - Lin-Manuel Miranda
Best Orchestrations - Alex Lacamoire
Best Choreography - Andy Blankenbuehler
Best Scenic Design of a Musical - David Korins
Best Costume Design of a Musical - Paul Tazewell
Best Lighting Design of a Musical - Howell Binkley
Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical - Lin-Manuel Miranda
Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical - Leslie Odom, Jr.
Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical - Phillipa Soo
Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical - Daveed Diggs
Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical - Jonathan Groff
Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical - Christopher Jackson
Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical - Renée Elise Goldsberry
Another notable musical that received a good amount of Tony nominations is Sara Bareilles’ sweet and soulful musical “Waitress”. Receiving four nominations, this new musical was nominated for Best Musical, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical, Best Original Score, and Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical.
Tune in to this year’s Tony Awards on June 12th. If you’re like us, you’ll be wishing you were actually in the room where it happens. But we’ll just have to be content with watching it on TV.