Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hip-hop musical about the nation’s founding fathers, has been nominated for 16 Tony Awards, the most in Broadway history. It was nominated in just about every category possible,— acting, writing, directing, dance, music and design. Seven “Hamilton” performers received nominations; in two categories, “Hamilton” actors will be competing against one another.
The show is already the biggest hit in years in New York theatre. Mr. Miranda has already won the Pulitzer Prize and many others. The Obamas saw the play on a recent visit to New York.
It will be a shock if the play doesn’t win the best musical Tony this year.“ The competition includes “Bright Star,” “Waitress,” “School of Rock – The Musical” and “Shuffle Along, or, The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed.”
Big name movies stars did not fare well in the nominations. Those who were snubbed include Jim Parsons (“An Act of God”), Clive Owen (“Old Times”), Sam Rockwell (“Fool for Love”), James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson (“The Gin Game”), Keira Knightley (“Thérèse Raquin”), George Takei (“Allegiance”), Bruce Willis (“Misery”), Al Pacino (“China Doll), Jennifer Hudson (“The Color Purple”), Forest Whitaker (“Hughie”), Saoirse Ronan and Ben Whishaw (“The Crucible”) and Jesse Tyler Ferguson (“Fully Committed”).