Hamilton was already a tough Broadway ticket to score (at face value)—now it might be up there with hitting the Lotto, spotting a Yeti or Jay Electronica dropping his album. Today (May 3), the play was nominated for a record breaking 16 Tony Awards.
Reports the New York Times:
The show is already the biggest success Broadway has seen in years, and has become the rare piece of theater to cross over into popular culture. The show’s creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, has won the Pulitzer Prize, a MacArthur Foundation genius grant, and many other prizes; its sold-out audiences are packed with dignitaries who are showering it with praise — Michelle Obama called the show “the best piece of art in any form that I have ever seen in my life.”
On Tuesday, the show was singled out in every category of theatermaking: acting, writing, directing, design. In a few categories, including lead actor and featured actor in a musical, performers from “Hamilton” will face off against one another.
The popularity of “Hamilton,” intensified by social media, late-night television, music downloads and now a fast-selling behind-the-scenes book, is so great that it is expected to boost viewership of this year’s Tony Awards, which are to be broadcast from the Beacon Theater on June 12.
A #TonySoWhite hashtag was not necessary as the Tony Awards featured a diverse list of nominees that included actors from plays like Shuffle Along, or, the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed, Eclipsed and The Color Purple.
Hollywood, you should take note.
And, Hip-Hop wins.