The hip-hop Broadway musical “Hamilton,” about America’s founding fathers, broke the record for Tony nominations with 16, topping the record of 15 set by “The Producers” in 2001 and equaled by “Billy Elliot” in 2009, The New York Post reports.
“’Hamilton’ creator Lin-Manuel Miranda received three nominations, for his score, book and performance as the title character in the show,” the report notes. “Miranda’s co-star, Leslie Odom Jr., who plays Aaron Burr, also was nominated for Best Actor in a Musical. Cast members Phillipa Soo, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Daveed Diggs, Jonathan Groff and Christopher Jackson received acting nominations as well.”
“Hamilton” is a heavy favorite in many categories, notably Best Musical, where its competition is “Bright Star,” “School of Rock,” “Shuffle Along” and “Waitress.”
“Hamilton” will have its sights set on beating the record of 12 Tony wins set by “The Producers.”
The nominees for Best Play are “The Humans,” “Eclipsed,” “The Father” and “King Charles III.”
The Tonys ceremony takes place June 12 from New York’s Beacon Theatre, and will be broadcast by CBS.