Hamilton breaks Tony Awards nominations record

Spring Awakening, nominated for musical revival, had a cast that included many deaf actors, and their sign language was so beautifully incorporated it felt like its own kind of gorgeous music. Seven Hamilton performers were nominated, and in two categories, actors will compete against each other. Probably not, with the Hamilton juggernaut so seemingly unstoppable.

The Humans“, a comedy-drama with a St. Louis connection, received six Tony nominations. So when you can’t get Hamilton tickets you should consider, the other four nominees, and don’t forget Disaster!

Actor, composer Lin-Manuel Miranda performs on stage during “Hamilton” GRAMMY performance for The 58th GRAMMY Awards at Richard Rodgers Theater on February 15, 2016 in New York City.

Hamilton” is the enormous favourite to win the most coveted Tony Award, the prize for best new musical. Dames at Sea closed in January; Disaster! closes in July, and Tuck Everlasting is not long for this world.

Shuffle Along, or the Making Of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed, a Jazz Age chronicle that cast a critical eye on history without sacrificing exuberance, earned 10 nominations, including best musical. The revivals may have better luck.

In addition to Ms. Soo, “She Loves Me” actress Laura Benanti is nominated for best actress in a leading role in a musical, as is “Bright Star” actress Carmen Cusack, “The Color Purple” actress Cynthia Erivo, and “Waitress” actress Jessie Mueller.

Unlike costar Bruce Willis, Laurie Metcalf was recognized for her performance in “Misery“.

Pascale Armand, Saycon Sengbloh and Lupita Nyong’o in a scene from Eclipsed. Jeff Daniels! Jayne Houdyshell!

Y’all heard about this Hamilton thing?

The 70th annual Tony Awards will air from 8 to 11 p.m., June 5, on CBS. That may be even more the case this year, when the selections announcement had very few surprises.

Producers on Hamilton are Jeffrey Seller, Sander Jacobs, Jill Furman and The Public Theater.

Two-time Oscar victor Jessica Lange was nominated for her acclaimed portrayal of morphine addicted Mary Tyrone in ‘Long Day’s Journey Into Night, ‘ which also won nominations for co-stars Gabriel Byrne and Michael Shannon, as well as for best revival of a play.

Tuck Everlasting’s newcomer, 11-year-old Sarah Charles Lewis, might have gotten a Best Actress nod if the voters were feeling generous, while its lavish set and musical arrangements could have sneaked into the Best Scenic Design and Best Orchestration categories.


Hamilton breaks Tony Awards nominations record