'Hamilton' Scores A Record 16 Tony Nominations, Continues March Toward Greatness

Just you wait.

Broadway's latest hit musical Hamilton has picked up a considerable amount of praise over the last few months, including endorsements from celebrities, a thumbs up from the president, and a little award called the Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album. Its creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, has been hailed as a genius for his work, and rightfully so considering Hamilton's unique retelling of "the stories of old, dead white men but ... using actors of color," as Miranda told The Hollywood Reporter last August.

Clearly the Tony Awards feel we've been gifted with a transcendent work as well, because the musical has pulled in 16 nominations for this year's ceremony, breaking the previous record of 15 shared by The Producers and Billy Elliot. That includes nods for Miranda and Leslie Odom Jr. (Best Actor in a Musical), Phillipa Soo (Best Actress in a Musical), Best Musical, and much more.

Although the show has received some very mild criticism about the way it calls for "non-White" actors, it's difficult to find any noteworthy outright rejections of it as a masterpiece. Everyone who's seen it not only likes it, but loves it — President Obama even said it's the one thing he and Dick Cheney agree upon. Furthermore, Hamilton's diverse cast is exactly what makes it such an interesting and revolutionary piece of culture.

After the fiasco the film industry went through with #OscarsSoWhite, it's promising to see theater pay respect to a diverse range of talent with the 2016 Tony nominees. All it takes is a passing glance at some of the actors on the list to know how much more progressive the Tonys are this year in comparison to the Oscars:

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role 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, Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Jessica Lange, Long Day's Journey Into Night
Laurie Metcalf, Misery
Lupita Nyong'o, Eclipsed
Sophie Okonedo, Arthur Miller's The Crucible
Michelle Williams, Blackbird

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Alex Brightman, School of Rock—The Musical
Danny Burstein, Fiddler on the Roof
Zachary Levi, She Loves Me
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton
Leslie Odom Jr., Hamilton

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Laura Benanti, She Loves Me
Carmen Cusack, Bright Star
Cynthia Erivo, The Color Purple
Jessie Mueller, Waitress
Phillipa Soo, Hamilton

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play
Reed Birney, The Humans
Bill Camp, Arthur Miller's The Crucible
David Furr, Noises Off
Richard Goulding, King Charles III
Michael Shannon, Long Day's Journey Into Night

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play
Pascale Armand, Eclipsed
Megan Hilty, Noises Off
Jayne Houdyshell, The Humans
Andrea Martin, Noises Off
Saycon Sengbloh, Eclipsed

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical
Daveed Diggs, Hamilton
Brandon Victor Dixon, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed
Christopher Fitzgerald,Waitress
Jonathan Groff, Hamilton
Christopher Jackson, Hamilton

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
Danielle Brooks, The Color Purple
Renée Elise Goldsberry, Hamilton
Jane Krakowski, She Loves Me
Jennifer Simard, Disaster!
Adrienne Warren, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed

For a full list of nominees, head over to the Tony Awards site.

(H/T: Entertainment Weekly)

Cover image: Steve Jurvetson via Flickr