A recap of the 2016 Tony Awards for those who didn't watch
If you didn’t notice Twitter getting a little hysterical the other night, it was the 70th Tony Awards, an annual awards show that recognizes and celebrates the most successful Broadway plays and musicals of the past season.
Other than the fact that the show should have been titled the HamilTONY’s – the smash hit, "Hamilton," took home 11 awards, nearly beating 2001’s "The Producers" as the winningest show of all time.
The night was jam-packed with heartwarming moments and phenomenal performances.
In case you missed the action (or chose to watch Game of Thrones instead), here are the moments that everyone will be talking about, as well as the full list of winners. Go forth and discuss the theatre world like you know what you’re talking about.
Top 5 Best Moments
1. James Corden’s Opening Number
Following a topical joke about the diversity of the Tonys compared to the Oscars—appropriate, seeing as all four awards for best performances in a musical went to actors of color. Host James Corden performed an opening number that was humorous, inspirational and reminded us all that yes, in fact, he really can sing.
2. The Law and Order Jokes
Every good award show has at least one running joke, and James Corden decided to point out the fact that before they were Tony-nominated Broadway stars, everybody was on Law and Order. Everybody.
3. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tribute to the Orlando Shooting
In the wake of the shooting that occurred early Sunday morning at Orlando’s premier gay nightclub, Pulse, Hamilton writer and leading actor Lin-Manuel Miranda delivered a beautiful sonnet about love after winning the award for Best Original Score.
4. Renée Elise Goldsberry’s tearjerking Best Featured Actress Speech
After winning the award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Angelica Schuyler, "Hamilton" actress Renée Elise Goldsberry delivered a speech that brought her (along with the rest of the audience) to tears.
5. Cynthia Erivo’s powerful performance of “I’m Here”
"The Color Purple" star Cynthia Erivo delivered an unbelievably moving and passionate performance of “I’m Here” moments before winning the award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical.
Full List of 2016 Award Winners
Best Leading Actress in a Musical
Cynthia Erivo, The Color Purple
Best Leading Actor in a Musical
Leslie Odom, Jr., Hamilton
Best Revival of a Musical
"The Color Purple"
Andy Blankenbuehler, "Hamilton"
Best Costume Design of a Play
Clint Ramos, "Eclipsed"
Best Costume Design of a Musical
Paul Tazewell, "Hamilton"
"The Humans" by Stephen Karam
Best Revival of a Play
Arthur Miller’s "A View from the Bridge"
Best Book of a Musical
Lin-Manuel Miranda, "Hamilton"
Alex Lacamoire, "Hamilton"
Best Leading Actor in a Play
Frank Langella, "The Father"
Best Leading Actress in a Play
Jessica Lange, "Long Day’s Journey Into Night"
Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Howell Binkley, "Hamilton"
Best Lighting Design of a Play
Natasha Katz, "Long Day’s Journey Into Night"
Best Featured Actor in a Play
Reed Birney, "The Humans"
Best Scenic Design of a Musical
David Rockwell, "She Loves Me"
Best Scenic Design of a Play
David Zinn, "The Humans"
Best Direction of a Musical
Thomas Kail, "Hamilton"
Best Direction of a Play
Ivo Van Hove, Arthur Miller’s "A View from the Bridge"
Best Original Score
Lin-Manuel Miranda, "Hamilton"
Best Featured Actor in a Musical
Daveed Diggs, "Hamilton"
Best Featured Actress in a Musical
Renée Elise Goldsberry, "Hamilton"
Best Featured Actress in a Play
Jayne Houdyshell, "The Humans"
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