“Hamilton,” the groundbreaking hip-hop musical about the nation’s founding fathers, has been nominated for 16 Tony Awards, the most in Broadway history.
Tony nominators singled out the show in every category of theatermaking — acting, writing, directing, dance, music and design. A whopping seven “Hamilton” performers received nominations; in two categories, “Hamilton” actors will be competing against one another.
“It’s unbelievable — it’s absolutely humbling and incredible,” said the show’s creator and star, Lin-Manuel Miranda, who watched a broadcast of the nominations early Tuesday morning from his apartment, where he gathered with his parents, wife, son and a fellow Pulitzer Prize-winning dramatist, his longtime friend Quiara Alegría Hudes.
“When I had the idea, I did say to myself, ‘I can’t believe no one’s done this yet,’ because it felt to me like a good idea — Hamilton’s life was uniquely suited to the things that are my strengths: hip-hop and musical-theater storytelling,” he said. “What I’m really thrilled about is that the nominators spread the wealth among our amazing troupe of actors and our amazing design team.”
Read more: ‘Hamilton’ Makes History With 16 Tony Nominations – The New York Times