The 70th annual Tony Awards, honoring the best and brightest of Broadway for the 2015-'16 season, handed out 24 golden statuettes on Sunday. 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 took home 11 Tonys, including Best Musical, leaving it just shy of The Producers' 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, that honored the Orlando shooting victims.
Hamilton also won Tonys for Best Featured Actress (Renée Elise Goldsberry, for her role as Angelica Schuyler), Best Featured Actor (Daveed Diggs, for his dual roles of Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson), Leading Actor (Leslie Odom Jr. for his role as Aaron Burr; Odom beat out Miranda himself, who was nominated for his role as Hamilton), and Best Direction (Thomas Kail).
Meanwhile, in the technical categories, announced before the telecast, the show won awards for Best Choreography, Best Lighting Design, Best Costume Design, and Best Orchestrations.
In a triumph for diversity on Broadway, all four of this year's acting awards for musicals went to people of color. Joining Goldsberry, Diggs, and Odom was Cynthia Erivo, who won the Tony for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for her heart-wrenching performance as Celie in The Color Purple.
In the plays categories, a.k.a. the red-headed stepchildren of the Tonys, honors were split between The Humans (four awards, including Best Play),and The View from the Bridge (only two 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
Jayne Houdyshell, The Humans as Deirdre Blake
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
Renée Elise Goldsberry, Hamilton as Angelica Schuyler
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical
Daveed Diggs, Hamilton as Marquis de Lafayette / Thomas Jefferson
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play
Reed Birney, The Humans as Erik Blake
Best Direction of a Play
Ivo van Hove, Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge
Best Direction of a Musical
Best Lighting Design of a Play
Natasha Katz, Long Day’s Journey into Night
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