“Hamilton” won a near-record 11 Tony Awards this year, including Best Musical. That was just one shy of the record set by “The Producers” in 2001. However, “Hamilton did set a record with a staggering 16 nominations. Among these were seven for its cast, which equalled the benchmark set by “Jerome Robbins’ Broadway” in 1989.
The show’s creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda plays the title role of founding father Alexander Hamilton. He contended for Best Actor against, among others, his on-stage rival Leslie Odom, who won for portraying Aaron Burr. Phillipa Soo reaped a Best Actress bid for her touching performance as Eliza Schuyler, Hamilton’s wife, but lost to Cynthia Erivo in a revival of “The Color Purple.” Renee Elise Goldsberry won in the Featured Actress category for her scene-stealing role of Eliza’s sister Angela Schuyler Church. And Daveed Diggs won Featured Actor for his work as both Thomas Jefferson and Marquis de Lafayette. Among those he prevailed over were castmates Jonathan Groff as King Georges III and Christopher Jackson as George Washington.
After two introductions on Sunday’s Tony Awards telecast, first via video from President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama and then on-stage by Oscar champ Common (“Selma”), the cast performed a medley of Miranda’s tunes.