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‘Hamilton’ and ‘Shuffle Along’ Lead 2016 Tony Award Nominations

Nora Dominick ’17/ Emertainment Monthly Co-Executive Stage Editor

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! On May 3rd, Tony Award nominations for the 70th Annual Tony Awards were announced at it’s a big year. Leading the charge with a massive SIXTEEN Tony nominations is Hamilton. With sixteen nominations Hamilton beats the record for most most Tony nominations in a single season ever. The hit musical scored nominations for Best Musical, Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics), Best Book and nominations in each of the major acting categories. It’s no secret, Hamilton is the show to beat this year.

Following Hamilton, is the new musical Shuffle Along starring Audra McDonald, Brian Stokes Mitchell and many more. The musical snagged ten Tony Award nominations including Best Musical. Roundabout Theatre Company’s revival of She Loves Me grabbed eight Tony nominations

On the play side of things, Roundabout’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night snagged seven nominations and the hit new play Eclipsed by Danai Gurira grabbed six nominations including Best Play.

Notable snubs from this years nominations include American Psycho and Shuffle Along’s six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald.

Check out the list of nominees below:

Best Musical

Bright Star


School of Rock

Shuffle Along


Best Revival of a Musical

She Loves Me

Fiddler on the Roof

The Color Purple

Spring Awakening

Best Leading Actor in a Musical

Alex Brightman, School of Rock

Danny Burstein, Fiddler on the Roof

Zachary Levi, She Loves Me

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton

Leslie Odom Jr., Hamilton

Best Leading Actress in a Musical

Laura Benanti, She Loves Me

Carmen Cusack, Bright Star

Cynthia Erivo, The Color Purple

Jessie Mueller, Waitress

Phillipa Soo, Hamilton

Best Featured Actor in a Musical

Daveed Diggs, Hamilton

Brandon Victor Dixon, Shuffle Along

Christopher Fitzgerald, Waitress

Jonathan Groff, Hamilton

Christopher Jackson, Hamilton

Best Featured Actress in a Musical

Danielle Brooks, The Color Purple

Renée Elise Goldsberry, Hamilton

Jane Krakowski, She Loves Me

Jennifer Simard, Disaster!

Adrienne Warren, Shuffle Along

Best Director of a Musical

Michael Arden, Spring Awakening

John Doyle, The Color Purple

Scott Ellis, She Loves Me

Thomas Kail, Hamilton

George C. Wolfe, Shuffle Along

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics)

Sara Bareilles, Waitress

Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Bright Star

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Glenn Slater, School of Rock

Sara Bareilles, Waitress

Best Book of  a Musical

Julian Fellowes, School of Rock

Steve Martin, Bright Star

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton

George C. Wolfe, Shuffle Along

Best Choreography

Andy Blankenbuehler, Hamilton

Savion Glover, Shuffle Along

Hofesh Shechter, Fiddler on the Roof

Randy Skinner, Dames at Sea

Sergio Trujillo, On Your Feet!

Best Play

Eclipsed by Danai Gurira

King Charles III by Mike Bartlett

The Father by Florian Zeller

The Humans by Stephen Karam

Best Revival of a Play

A View From the Bridge


Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Noises Off

The Crucible

Best Leading Actor in a Play

Gabriel Byrne, Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Jeff Daniels, Blackbird

Frank Langella, The Father

Tim Pigott-Smith, King Charles III

Mark Strong, A View From the Bridge

Best Leading Actress in a Play

Jessica Lange, Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Laurie Metcalf, Misery

Lupita Nyong’o, Eclipsed

Sophie Okonedo, The Crucible

Michelle Williams, Blackbird

Best Featured Actor in a Play

Reed Birney, The Humans

Bill Camp, The Crucible

David Furr, Noises Off

Richard Goulding, King Charles III

Michael Shannon, Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Best Featured Actress in a Play

Pascale Armand, Eclipsed

Megan Hilty, Noises Off

Jayne Houdyshell, The Humans

Andrea Martin, Noises Off

Saycon Sengbloh, Eclipsed

Best Director of a Play

Rupert Goold, King Charles III

Jonathan Kent, Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Joe Mantello, The Humans

Liesl Tommy, Eclipsed

Ivo van Hove, A View From the Bridge

For a complete list of the nominees visit The 70th Annual Tony Awards will be broadcast live on Sunday June 12, 2016 at 8/7c on CBS hosted by James Corden


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