Tony Awards 2016: Hamilton didn't break the record for most wins
Hamilton made history last month when it picked up a record 16 Tony Award nominations, but it didn’t break the record for the most wins at the ceremony on Sunday night.
A number of technical awards were handed out Sunday night before the Tonys telecast kicked off at New York’s Beacon Theatre. That included the award for Best Scenic Design of a Musical, which went to She Loves Me designer David Rockwell over nominees that included Hamilton designer David Korins.
Because a few of the 16 Hamilton nominations include multiple contenders in the same acting categories (Lin-Manuel Miranda and Leslie Odom Jr. for leading actor in a musical, and Daveed Diggs, Christopher Jackson, and Jonathan Groff for featured actor in a musical), that meant the Broadway smash about the life of Alexander Hamilton would not beat the record for most wins by a single show — a record set in 2001 by The Producers. And once The Color Purple star Cynthia Erivo won best actress in a musical category over Hamilton actress Phillipa Soo, among other contenders, tying the record also went by the wayside.
But don’t break out the violins for Hamilton yet: the musical won 11 total awards, including best musical, best actor in a musical (Odom), best score (Miranda), best book of a musical (Miranda), best featured actor in a musical (Diggs), and best featured actress in a musical (Renée Elise Goldsberry).
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