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2016 Tony Award winners; ‘Hamilton” takes 11

Lin-Manuel Miranda and the company of "Hamilton." (Photo: Joan Marcus)
Lin-Manuel Miranda and the company of “Hamilton.” (Photo: Joan Marcus)

In case you fell asleep last night, here are the winners of the 70th annual Tony Awards. And, no, “Hamilton” the most nominated show ever for Tonys did not break the record after all. “Hamilton” won 11 Tonys — one less  than a record 12 won by “The Producers” in 2001.

But, we must note, that all  four awards for performances in musicals went to black actors. Match that, Hollywood!

Musical: “Hamilton”

Play: “The Humans”

Musical Revival: “The Color Purple”

Play Revival: “A View From the Bridge”

Actor, play: Frank Langella, “The Father”

Actress, play: Jessica Lange, “Long Day’s Journey Into Night”

Actor, musical: Leslie Odom Jr., “Hamilton”

Actress, musical: Cynthia Erivo, “The Color Purple”

Book, musical: “Hamilton,” Lin-Manuel Miranda

Original Score: “Hamilton,” music and lyrics, Lin-Manuel Miranda

Featured actor, play: Reed Birney, “The Humans”

Featured actress, play: Jayne Houdyshell, “The Humans”

Featured actor, musical: Daveed Diggs, “Hamilton”

Featured actress, musical: Renée Elise Goldsberry, “Hamilton”

Scenic design, play: David Zinn, “The Humans”

Scenic design, musical: David Rockwell, “She Loves Me”

Costume design, play: Clint Ramos, “Eclipsed”

Costume design, musical: Paul Tazewell, “Hamilton”

Lighting design, play: Natasha Katz, “Long Day’s Journey Into Night”

Lighting design, musical: Howell Binkley, “Hamilton”

Direction, play: Ivo van Hove, “A View From the Bridge”

Direction, musical: Thomas Kail, “Hamilton”

Choreography: Andy Blankenbuehler, “Hamilton”

Orchestrations: Alex Lacamoire, “Hamilton”

Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theater: Sheldon Harnick and Marshall W. Mason

Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award: Brian Stokes Mitchell

Regional Theater Tony Award: Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn, N.J.

Special Tony Award: National Endowment for the Arts and Miles Wilkin

Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theater: Seth Gelblum

Joan Lader

Sally Ann Parsons

‘Hamilton’ leads Tony Award nods with a record 16 nominations

The coveted Tony Award.
The coveted Tony Award.

The biggest “duh” of the day: “Hamilton” has been nominated for 16 Tony Awards, the most in Broadway history. Like, is anybody really surprised by that?!

Good for them. Good for the show’s creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, who already has won has won the Pulitzer Prize for drama and a MacArthur Foundation genius grant. There is no doubt he will be adding a few more Tonys to that collection.

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‘Shuffle Along’ looses bid; competes against ‘Hamilton’ if nominated

Poster of "Shuffle Along."
Poster of “Shuffle Along.”

The Oscars never had to deal with  this one. If a “black” film gets nominated for Best Picture, it’s an event. With the Tony Awards administration committee’s decision that “Shuffle Along” is a new musical (not a revival) it now competes with the hit “Hamilton” resulting in two “black” shows battling for best new musical of the season.

That’s my prediction, anyway: Hamilton,” which features an all-black cast save one character (a white King George III — the oppressive monarch) will be seeking votes again the all-black “Shuffle Along, or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed,” which is its complete title.

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‘Hamilton’ author raps in Rose Garden with help from President Obama

Lin-Manuel Miranda and President Obama in the Rose Garden at the White House.
Lin-Manuel Miranda and President Obama in the Rose Garden.

It’s not like Lin-Manuel Miranda needs any more PR to sell tickets for “Hamilton” on Broadway. The show is sold out through November and tickets sell for thousands of dollars each on the secondary market. But who passes up an opportunity to hang out with Obama at the White House? OK. The guys seeking the Republican Presidential nomination probably would. But none of them can rap.

Personally, I want to know who the cute drummer is.

To watch the freestyle rap, click here.

To hear Lin-Manuel Miranda talk about being inspired by Family and politics, click here.

Here’s the closest you may get to ‘Hamilton’ for awhile, unfortunately

Leading the website posts on Broadway.com this week is — surprise — the cast of “Hamilton” blowing away the audience at the Grammy’s on Feb. 15 with its opening number, telecast live from the Richard Rodgers Theatre in Manhattan.

If you missed it, here it is:

If you missed Lin-Manuel Miranda rapping his thanks, here it is:

 

Watch the nomination interview with the 58th Annual Grammy Awards folks.

Broadway closes for storm, 2,600 ‘Hamilton’ fans are left ticketless

Broadway canceled its Saturday matinee and evening performances due to the weather.
Broadway canceled  Saturday matinee and evening performances due to weather.

During this weekends blizzard, with a state of emergency and huge delays in public transportation,  it was impossible to get into  NYC. Saturday matinee and evening performances were canceled and ticket holders were offered refunds. Which is a good thing. Unless you were one the 2,600 people with tickets to “Hamilton.”

And it gets worse if you had traveled thousands of miles from places such as Arkansas, San Diego and Los Angeles to see the show about a crucial moment in American history told by a mostly unknown black cast via hip hop music.

They will get their money back, “ Jeffrey Seller, the show’s lead producer, told the NYTimes,  “But I can’t exchange the tickets because I have nowhere to put those 2,600 people. I don’t have any tickets. They’re going to have to go to a performance nine or 10 months away.”

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Broadway won’t be the same after opening of ‘Hamilton’ tonight

“Hamilton,” a hip-hop musical about Alexander Hamilton who is a founding father of the U.S.,  an aide to Gen. Washington, supporter of the Constitution and founder of our financial system and more,  opens tonight on Broadway. The Great White Way will never be the same.

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Obama goes to Broadway to see ‘Hamilton’ matinee

 "Hamilton" stars  Lin-Manuel Miranda (right) and sold out during its run off-Broadway at the Public Theater in New York. (PHOTO: Joan Marcus)
“Hamilton” stars Lin-Manuel Miranda (right) and sold out during its run off-Broadway at the Public Theater in New York. (PHOTO: Joan Marcus)

Lin-Manuel Miranda won’t be on stage in the title role of “Hamilton” when President Obama and his daughters attend today’s matinée of the red-hot Broadway musical. But he won’t be far.

Miranda, who also wrote and directed the show, now in previews, will be sitting in the audience evaluating it. Kinda hard to see how the show’s doing when you’re always on stage. He scheduled three such dates in advance before the Aug. 6 opening and today’s matinée is one of them, confirmed the show’s press representative Sam Rudy, according to the NYTimes.

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Patti LuPone snatches phone from texting theatergoer

If people do irritating stuff during a Broadway show, imagine how actors feel who deal with it 8 performances a week. Wait! Thanks to Patti LuPone who grabbed a cell phone from an audience member, we know exactly how they feel.


In case you missed it LuPone, who plays a super diva in “Shows for Days,” Douglas Carter Beane‘s new comedy at Lincoln Center about a community theater group in his hometown, was having a challenging day last Wednesday.  Four cellphones went off, twice from the same phone, reported the NYTimes. It created, as LuPone put it, “a cacophony of noise.”

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‘Hamilton,’ ‘Curious Incident,’ take top honors at Drama Desk awards