‘Hamilton’ earns record 16 Tony nominations

Source:AFP Published: 2016-5-4 19:08:01

The wildly popular hip-hop musical Hamilton, a tale of America's founding fathers that has won fans as high-profile as US President Barack Obama, netted a record 16 Tony nominations Tuesday.

The much-acclaimed production by creator-star Lin-Manuel Miranda - who recently won the Pulitzer Prize for drama for the work - received nods across the board for the awards honoring Broadway's best, to be handed out in June.

Hamilton - a major success story driven by social media buzz and its catchy score merging hip-hop, rap, blues, jazz and more - earned nominations in all aspects of showmaking: from best musical and best original score to nods for directing, choreography, costumes and scenery.

In the best actor and featured actor categories, the show's stars - including Miranda as Alexander Hamilton - will compete against each other for top honors. The show's main actresses also earned nominations.

The haul is the most in Broadway history, surpassing the 15-nomination record previously held by The Producers in 2001 and Billy Elliot in 2009.

The Producers holds the record for the most wins with 12.

Hamilton is the wide favorite to take home the best musical prize - it will compete against Bright Star, School of Rock - The Musical, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed and Waitress.

The show - recounting the life of Hamilton, the colorful first US Treasury secretary fatally shot in a pistol duel with rival Vice President Aaron Burr in 1804 - has earned widespread praise.

The Tonys will be awarded June 12 at New York's Beacon Theatre.

AFP

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