Broadway Shows – Hamilton

Broadway Shows - Hamilton

Tony Awards Nominations: ‘Hamilton’ Shatters Record

(CNN)The hit musical “Hamilton” went from being the hottest ticket on Broadway to a record-breaking show Tuesday, scoring 16 Tony Award nominations.

The production was nominated for best musical and creator Lin-Manuel Miranda received nominations for best book of a musical, best performance by an actor in a leading role in a musical, and best original score written for the theater.

The best performance by an actor in a featured role in a musical category saw three out of the five spots nabbed by “Hamilton” actors: Daveed Digg, Jonathan Groff and Christopher Jackson.

The musical has taken off like few Broadway shows have, winning a Grammy Award, a Pulitzer and a spot on the Billboard 200 charts.

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Having already broke the 15-nomination record held by 2001’s “The Producers,” “Hamilton” is now poised to break that show’s record 12 wins. In 2009, “Billy Elliot” matched “The Producers” nominations record, but did not score as many wins at the ceremony.

Miranda appeared to be pleasantly surprised by the nominations, tweeting a shocked face emoticon and the words “Good morning” after the announcement.

The 70th Annual Tony Awards will be broadcast live from the Beacon Theatre June 12 on CBS.

The full list of nominations can be found at

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Tony Awards: “Hamilton” Musical Makes History with 16 Nominations

Lin-Manuel Mirandas show dominates the nominees for the 70th Tonys, while Arthur Miller productions compete for best revival

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Hamilton, the genre-blending musical phenomenon, which tells the story of Americas founding fathers, has made Broadway history after receiving a record number of Tony nominations.

Lin-Manuel Mirandas ecstatically received show gained 16 nominations, pipping Billy Elliot (2009) and The Producers (2001), which had shared the record with 15.

The musical, which opened on Broadway last August, is about the story of Alexander Hamilton but resonates far more deeply, also telling a story of race, immigration and national identity. It had been expected to dominate this years awards, although perhaps not in a record-breaking way.

Hamilton will compete against Bright Star, Shuffle Along, Waitress and Andrew Lloyd Webbers School of Rock for best new musical. Miranda, who plays Hamilton and whose previous hit was In the Heights (currently playing in London), is up for best actor in a musical along with his co-star, Leslie Odom Jr.

Alex Brightman, centre, in School of Rock The Musical. Photograph: Timmy Blupe/AP

The play categories showed what a strong year it has been for Arthur Miller, with the Ivo van Hove-directed A View from the Bridge receiving five nominations and The Crucible receiving four.

The highest number of play nominations went to the revival of Eugene ONeills Long Days Journey Into Night, which won seven, equalling a record set by Tom Stoppards The Coast of Utopia in 2007.

The plays stars, Gabriel Byrne and Jessica Lange, were nominated in the lead acting categories. Lange will be up against Laurie Metcalf, Lupita Nyongo, Sophie Okonedo and Michelle Williams; and Byrne up against Jeff Daniels, Frank Langella, Tim Pigott-Smith and Mark Strong.

Other notable productions were Eclipsed, The Humans, Bright Star and King Charles III, a play which began life at Londons Almeida theatre.

But it was indisputably Hamiltons day. When it opened, the New York Timess theatre critic Ben Brantley wrote: I am loath to tell people to mortgage their houses and lease their children to acquire tickets to a hit Broadway show. But Hamilton might just about be worth it at least to anyone who wants proof that the American musical is not only surviving but also evolving in ways that should allow it to thrive and transmogrify in years to come.

Other fans include Michelle Obama, who said it was the best piece of art in any form that I have ever seen in my life.

It has been rumoured that the West End impresario Cameron Mackintosh is hoping to take Hamilton to London in 2017.

The nominations for the 70th awards were read out in New York by two of the stars of the original The Book of Mormon, Nikki M James and Andrew Rannells. The ceremony is on 12 June.

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New York asks Ticketmaster and StubHub to target Broadway ticketing scams

State attorney general Eric Schneiderman requested that websites verify that ticket resellers are licensed after $2.76m settlement with alleged scammers

On the day Hamilton, Broadways impossibly sold-out show, swept the Tony nominations, the New York state attorney general, Eric Schneiderman, announced plans to tackle sky-high ticket prices outside the Great White Way.

Schneiderman, who has already called New Yorks ticket racket for sports and concerts a rigged game, has sent formal letters to eBay, which owns StubHub, and Ticketmaster, among others, requesting their participation in a crackdown on ticket sale fraud and illegal purchasing schemes.

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