Spoiler: Hamilton won some.
The 70th annual Tony Awards, honoring the best and brightest of Broadway for the 2015-’16 season, handed out 24 golden statuettes tonight. Actor, Late Late Show host, and former Tony winner James Corden hosted.
The runaway hit Hamilton, a hip-hop musical retelling of the life of founding father Alexander Hamilton, won big as expected. With 16 nominations in 13 categories, it won 11 Tonys, including Best Musical, leaving it just shy of The Producers‘s record for 12 Tonys in 2002.
As expected, Hamilton also won Best Book and Score, giving composer and star Lin-Manuel Miranda a chance to deliver an emotional acceptance speech in the form of a sonnet. It also won Tonys for Best Featured Actress (Renée Elise Goldsberry, for her role as Angelica Schuyler), Best Featured Actor (Daveed Diggs, for his dual role of Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson), and Leading Actor (Leslie Odom Jr. as Aaron Burr, beating out Miranda himself as Hamilton), as well as Best Direction (Thomas Kail). And in the technical categories, delivered before the telecast, it won awards for Best Choreography, Best Lighting Design, Best Costume Design, and Best Orchestrations.
In a triumph for diversity on Broadway, all four of the acting awards for musicals went to people of color. In addition to Goldsberry, Diggs, and Odom, Cynthia Erivo won the Tony for Best Leading Actor in a musical for her heart-wrenching performance as Celie in The Color Purple.
In the plays categories, aka the red-headed step-children of the Tonys, honors were split between The Humans (4 awards, including Best Play),and The View from the Bridge (only 2 awards, but big ones: Best Revival of a Play and Best Direction of a Play).
The 2016 Tony Award winners
Best Revival of a Musical
Best Revival of a Play
Best Score of a Musical
Best Book of a Musical
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Cynthia Erivo, The Color Purple for Celie
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Leslie Odom Jr., Hamilton for Aaron Burr
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Jessica Lange, Long Day’s Journey Into Night as Mary Tyrone
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
Frank Langella, The Father as Andre
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play
Reed Birney, The Humans as Erik Blake
Best Direction of a Play
Best Direction of a Musical
Best Lighting Design of a Play
Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Best Scenic Design of a Play
Best Costume Design of a Musical
Best Costume Design of a Play
Best Choreography of a Musical
Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre
Excellence in Theatre Education
Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award
Regional Theatre Tony Award
Special Tony Award