Tony Awards 2016: ‘Hamilton’ Makes History with 16 Nominations

The cast of "Hamilton"

The cast of "Hamilton"

By John Buckley on 3 May 2016
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“Hamilton,” the popular hip-hop musical about the nation’s founding fathers, made history Tuesday with a record 16 Tony Award nominations.

The groundbreaking show, which is playing to sold out crowds, was recognized in every category from acting to writing to directing to design, with multiple nominations in some.

The previous record for the most Tony nominations was held by “The Producers” and “Billy Elliot,” each of which garnered nominations for 15 Tony awards in 2001 and 2009 respectively.

“The Color Purple,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “She Loves Me,” and “Spring Awakening” will face off for a Tony in the musical revival category, and “Eclipsed,” “The Father,” “The Humans,” and “King Charles III” were nominated for best new play.

The 846 Tony voters have until June 10 to make their choices. Winners will be announced June 12 at the awards ceremony hosted by the Broadway League and the American Theater Wing.

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