Hamilton Play Shatters Record For Most Tony Nominations

photo courtesy of  hamiltonbroadway.com

photo courtesy of hamiltonbroadway.com

 

The hit musical Hamilton went from being the hottest musical on Broadway to a record-breaking show Tuesday, May 3, scoring 16 Tony Award nominations, according to CNN.com

The production was nominated for best musical and creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. He 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, reported cnn.com

On Tuesday, the show was singled out in every category of theater making: acting, writing, directing, design. In a few categories, including lead actor and featured actor in a musical, performers from Hamilton will face off against one another, according to newyorktimes.com

The popularity of Hamilton, intensified by social media, late-night television, music downloads and now a fast-selling behind-the-scenes book, is so great that it is expected to boost viewership of this year’s Tony Awards, which are to be broadcast from the Beacon Theater on June 12, reported Newyorktimes.com

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