This show really is ‘Non-Stop’ isn’t it? Last night, Hamilton continued its success at the 70th Annual Tony Awards where it picked up 11 awards out of the show’s 16 nominations. This marks it as only one award short of beating the awards record, set by The Producers in 2001.
The smash hit picked up some of the biggest awards on offer, including Best Musical, Best Lead Actor in a Musical, Best Featured Actor in a Musical, Best Featured Actress in a Musical, Best Director, and Best Score.
With Hamilton winning 3 out of the 4 acting categories for the musical nominations, as well as Cynthia Erivo from The Color Purple finishing the set, for the first time, all 4 acting awards were won by black performers. Compared to the #OscarsSoWhite unrest earlier this year; showing the tremendous diversity within the Broadway community. Hamilton, and especially the musical’s creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda have been widely celebrated in their endeavour in their casting efforts in the show to make it look like “what America looks like today.”
Lin-Manuel Miranda also showed his respects to the victims of the mass shooting against LGBT+ clubbers at a nightclub in Orlando through his speech for Best Score. The speech was written as a Sonnet, and as part of it Miranda said; “and love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love; Cannot be killed or swept aside.” The cast also changed their performance, leaving all prop muskets and weaponry out of it, as a sign of sensitivity and solidarity.
The full list of Hamilton’s wins at the Tony Awards is written below:
Best Book of a Musical
Best Original Score
Best Leading Actor in a Musical
Best Featured Actor in a Musical
Best Featured Actress in a Musical
Best Costume Design
Best Lighting Design
Watch a clip from the award winning musical below: