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'Hamilton' Breaks Tony Awards Record With 16 Nominations
Gossip Date: 03-05-2016

Lin-Manuel Miranda's critically-acclaimed musical "Hamilton" has broken the record for the most Tony Award nominations.

The production, about America's founding father Alexander Hamilton, became a record-breaker with 16 nods on Tuesday morning (May 3) when the shortlist was announced by Andrew Rannells and Nikki M. James.

It scored nominations in many categories, including Best Musical, Best Choreography, Best Orchestrations and Best Direction of a Musical, while Miranda achieved mentions for Best Book, Best Score, and leading actor in a musical.

Actors Leslie Odom Jr., Phillipa Soo, and featured stars Jonathan Groff, Daveed Diggs, Renee Elise Goldsberry and Christopher Jackson also landed acting nominations.

The Best Musical prize will also be a competition between School of Rock, Bright Star, Waitress and Shuffle Along, while nominees for Best Play include Eclipsed, written by The Walking Dead actress Danai Gurira, King Charles III, The Father, and The Humans.

The Crucible, A View From the Bridge, Blackbird, Long Day's Journey into Night, and Noises Off are all shortlisted for Best Revival of a Play, while the musical equivalent is between The Color Purple, Fiddler on the Roof, She Loves Me, and Spring Awakening.

Lupita Nyong'o scored a nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play for her run in Eclipsed, and will be up against Michelle Williams, for Blackbird, Jessica Lange, for Long Day’s Journey Into Night, British actress Sophie Okonedo for Arthur Miller's classic The Crucible, and

Laurie Metcalf for the stage adaptation of horror movie Misery.

Williams' Blackbird co-star Jeff Daniels also lands a spot on the leading actor shortlist, alongside Gabriel Byrne (Long Day’s Journey Into Night), Frank Langella, (The Father), and Brits Mark Strong (A View From the Bridge) and Tim Pigott-Smith (King Charles III).

The Best Score prize will be a tough battle between Miranda, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Glenn Slater (School of Rock), Steve Martin and Edie Brickell (Bright Star) and Sara Bareilles (Waitress).

The winners of the 70th annual Tony Awards will be revealed at the Beacon Theatre in New York on 7 June (16). U.S. talk show host James Corden will host.

The main list of nominees are as follows:

Best Play:

Eclipsed
King Charles III
The Father
The Humans

Best Musical:

Bright Star
Hamilton
School of Rock
Shuffle Along
Waitress

Best Revival of a Play:

The Crucible
A View From the Bridge
Blackbird
Long Day's Journey into Night
Noises Off

Best Revival of a Musical:

The Color Purple
Fiddler on the Roof
She Loves Me
Spring Awakening

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play:

Gabriel Byrne, Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Jeff Daniels, Blackbird
Frank Langella, The Father
Tim Pigott-Smith, King Charles III
Mark Strong, A View From the Bridge

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play:

Jessica Lange, Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Laurie Metcalf, Misery
Lupita Nyong’o, Eclipsed
Sophie Okonedo, The Crucible
Michelle Williams, Blackbird

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical:

Alex Brightman, School of Rock
Danny Burstein, Fiddler on the Roof
Zachary Levi, She Loves Me
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton
Leslie Odom Jr., Hamilton

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical:

Laura Benanti, She Loves Me
Carmen Cusack, Bright Star
Cynthia Erivo, The Color Purple
Jessie Mueller, Waitress
Phillipa Soo, Hamilton

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play:

Reed Birney, The Humans
Bill Camp, The Crucible
David Furr, Noises Off
Richard Goulding, King Charles III
Michael Shannon, Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play:

Pascale Armand, Eclipsed
Megan Hilty, Noises Off
Jayne Houdyshell, The Humans
Andrea Martin, Noises Off
Saycon Sengbloh, Eclipsed

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical:

Daveed Diggs, Hamilton
Brandon Victor Dixon, Shuffle Along
Christopher Fitzgerald, Waitress
Jonathan Groff, Hamilton
Christopher Jackson, Hamilton

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical:

Danielle Brooks, The Color Purple
Renee Elise Goldsberry, Hamilton
Jane Krakowski, She Loves Me
Jennifer Simard, Disaster!
Adrienne Warren, Shuffle Along

Best Director of a Play:

Rupert Goold, King Charles III
Jonathan Kent, Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Joe Mantello, The Humans
Liesl Tommy, Eclipsed
Ivo van Hove, A View From the Bridge

Best Director of a Musical:

Michael Arden, Spring Awakening
John Doyle, The Color Purple
Scott Ellis, She Loves Me
Thomas Kail, Hamilton
George C. Wolfe, Shuffle Along

Best Choreography:

Andy Blankenbuehler, Hamilton
Savion Glover, Shuffle Along
Hofesh Shechter, Fiddler on the Roof
Randy Skinner, Dames at Sea
Sergio Trujillo, On Your Feet!

Best Score:

Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Bright Star
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton
Andrew Lloyd Webber and Glenn Slater, School of Rock
Sara Bareilles, Waitress

Best Orchestrations:

August Eriksmoen, Bright Star
Larry Hochman, She Loves Me
Alex Lacamoire, Hamilton
Daryl Waters, Shuffle Along

Best Book of a Musical:

Steve Martin, Bright Star
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton
Julian Fellowes, School of Rock
George C. Wolfe, Shuffle Along.

(HW/WNWCGC&WNVAR/DMC)

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