Broadway hit “Hamilton” walked away with the most trophies on Tony night, winning 11 of the categories it was nominated in and taking home the Tony Award for Best Musical.
While it fell short of tying the record of 12 awards won by “The Producers” in the 2001 Tony Awards, the musical written by Lin Manuel-Miranda will still be written in history books as it holds the record for most nominations by any musical in the Tonys’ 70-year history, the Los Angeles Times reported. The news comes as rumors of a “Hamilton” movie is swirling in the blogosphere.
The ceremony started with first-time host James Corden giving a message to the victims of the Orlando massacre.
“Your tragedy is our tragedy,” Corden said. “Theater is a place where every race, creed, sexuality, and gender is equal, embraced, and loved. Hate will never win.”
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the show was also notable as all four musical acting awards went to people of color with Leslie Odom Jr., Daveed Diggs and Renée Elise Goldsberry of “Hamilton” winning Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Actor in a Featured Role and Best Actress in a Featured Role respectively. Cynthia Erivo of “The Color Purple” won Best Actress in a Leading Role.
This year’s Tony Awards also brings legendary actress Jessica Lange one step closer to the EGOT as she won her first Tony for Best Actress in a Leading Role for a Play. The “American Horror Story” actress only has to win a Grammy Award to complete the four biggest industry awards.
The live broadcast of the ceremony became the highest-rating telecast of the awards show in 15 years, boosted by the crossover success of “Hamilton” and the viewer’s anticipation of how the show will address the tragedy in Orlando, Florida, Deadline reported.
While not rating as high as its fellow prestigious awards ceremonies like the Emmys, Oscars and the Grammys, a television audience of 8.73 million viewers, a 35 percent increase over the previous year’s numbers represents a ratings success for home network PBS.