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The Tony Awards is live from Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 12.
Lin-Manuel Miranda‘s hit Broadway musical “Hamilton” leads the pack for the 70th annual Tony Awards with a record 16 nominations, including for Best Musical.
George C. Wolfe’s updated version of the 1920s musical “Shuffle Along” earned 10 nominations, while the musical revival “She Loves Me” followed with eight.
Miranda alone picked up multiple nominations, for his lead role as founding father Alexander Hamilton as well as for the music score and book for the hip-hop retelling of American history.
Lin-Manuel Miranda takes the stage as the unlikely founding father determined to make his mark on the new nation as hungry and ambitious as he is. From bastard orphan to Washington’s right hand man, rebel to war hero, a loving husband caught in the country’s first sex scandal, to the Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy. George Washington, Eliza Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson and Hamilton’s lifelong friend/foil Aaron Burr all make their mark in this astonishing new musical exploration of a political mastermind.
In the top category, “Hamilton” has four challengers: Steven Martin and Edie Brickell’s “Bright Star,”Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s “School of Rock – The Musical,” “Shuffle Along” and Sara Bareilles’ “Waitress.”
The previous record for most nominations was 15, shared by Mel Brooks‘ 2001 hit “The Producers” — which remains the show with the most Tony awards in history, with 12 trophy’s — and 2009’s “Billy Elliot, The Musical.”