The Broadway hit “Hamilton” scored a record 16 Tony Award nominations on Tuesday, solidifying its front-runner status for the top prize of best musical. “Hamilton,” which has caused a ticket-buying frenzy not seen on Broadway in years, features a multi-racial cast in a hip-hop, R & B-inflected musical that tells the story of U.S. statesman Alexander Hamilton, who was killed in an 1804 duel with Vice President Aaron Burr.
The show won nominations for lead actors Lin-Manuel Miranda as Hamilton and Leslie Odom Jr. as Burr, for lead actress Phillipa Soo, and for best score and book, both written by Miranda. Four featured cast members also received nods.
“Hamilton”‘s 16 nominations broke the record held by “The Producers” and “Billy Elliot.”
“It’s almost impossible to process,” Miranda told Reuters afterward.
“I became aware that if my life were a movie, this would be a montage, playing on fast-forward. And now I’m just trying to slow down the montage.”
Up against “Hamilton” for best musical are “Shuffle Along,” with 10 nominations; “Waitress”; “Bright Star”; and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “School of Rock – the Musical.”
BY NEW YORK | BY CHRIS MICHAUD / SOURCE: REUTERS