The megahit musical “Hamilton” has grabbed a record-breaking 16 Tony Award nominations, the biggest haul in Broadway history and another step in the show’s march into theatrical history. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hip-hop-flavored biography about the first U.S. treasury secretary on Tuesday broke the 15-nomination record held jointly by “The Producers” and “Billy Elliot.” “Hamilton” was nominated in virtually every category it could compete in, from acting to scenic design.
I feel really grateful that they kind of spread the wealth. It’s hard to ask for more. … Theater requires collaboration, and I’m lucky to be working with some of the best people in their respective fields alive right now.
Next month, “Hamilton” will fight for Broadway’s biggest crown — best new musical — with “Bright Star,” “School of Rock,” “Shuffle Along” and “Waitress." The awards will be handed out June 12, with James Corden playing host from the Beacon Theatre. "Hamilton” will be hoping to break another record: The musical with the most Tonys is “The Producers,” with 12. After “Hamilton,” the other top nominations went to the musical “Shuffle Along,” a show that explores a groundbreaking 95-year-old musical starring, written and directed by African-Americans, which got 10 nominations, and the revival of “She Loves Me,” which earned eight.