Hamilton Musical Dominates the Tony Awards

Hamilton Musical Dominates the Tony Awards

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The musical Hamilton swept the board last night at the Tony awards ceremony, winning in a total of 11 categories.

The winning categories for Hamilton included Best Performance for an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical (Leslie Odom Jr.), Best Costume Design of a Musical (Paul Tazewell), and the highly sought after accolade of Best Musical.

The 70th Tony Awards ceremony was hosted by The Late Late Show host, James Corden. The Tony Awards celebrate the best of Broadway from the previous season. James Corden is a Tony Award winner himself, for his role in One Man, Two Guvnors in 2012.

The ceremony took place at New York City’s Beacon Theatre.

Silver ribbons were worn by many at the ceremony to show support for the victims of the Orlando shooting. James Corden opened the ceremony by saying, “Our hearts go out to all those affected by this atrocity. All we can say is you are not on your own right now; your tragedy is our tragedy. Theater is a place where every race, creed, sexuality and gender is equal, is embraced, is loved, Hate will never win… Tonight’s show stands as a symbol and celebration of that principle.”

Although Hamilton didn’t beat the previous record of 12 Tony’s won in one year (taken by The Producers in 2001), it has been described as groundbreaking. The show, which tells the story of one of America’s founding fathers, Alexander Hamilton, contrasted the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, with three musical acting statuettes being won by African-American actors.

Other Tony Award winners included Cynthia Erivo for Best Performance for an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (The Color Purple), Frank Langella for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play (The Father), and A View from the Bridge won in Best Revival of a Play category. The Humans won a total of four awards, including Best Play.