Broadway’s hit play “Hamilton”, created by Pulitzer Prize winner, Lin-Manuel Miranda, just made history by landing 16 Tony nominations.
“Hamilton,” the groundbreaking hip-hop musical about the nation’s founding fathers, has been nominated for 16 Tony Awards, the most in Broadway history.
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.”
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.
“Hamilton” is the enormous favorite to win the most coveted Tony Award, the prize for best new musical. The other shows nominated in that category Tuesday were “Bright Star,” “School of Rock – The Musical,” “Shuffle Along, or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed” and “Waitress.”
Those shows will now market themselves as best-musical nominees, knowing that a win is highly unlikely, but hoping for a box office increase from the nomination.