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The Schmooze

‘Fiddler’ and Arthur Miller Score Big in Tonys (But Not as Big as ‘Hamilton’)

The Broadway hit “Hamilton” scored a record 16 Tony Award nominations on Tuesday, solidifying its front-runner status to win the top prize, best musical.

“Hamilton,” which has caused a ticket-buying frenzy unlike any seen on Broadway in years, features a multi-racial cast in a hip-hop, R & B-inflected musical that tells the story of U.S. statesman Alexander Hamilton, who was killed in an 1804 duel with Vice President Aaron Burr.

The show scored nominations for lead actors Lin-Manuel Miranda as Hamilton and Leslie Odom Jr. as Burr, for lead actress Phillipa Soo, and for best score and book, both written by Miranda.

Up against “Hamilton,” which is considered a shoo-in for best musical, are “Shuffle Along,” “Waitress,” “Bright Star” and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “School of Rock.”

Two-time Oscar winner Jessica Lange was nominated for her acclaimed portrayal of morphine addicted Mary Tyrone in “Long Day’s Journey Into Night,” which also won nominations for co-stars Gabriel Byrne and Michael Shannon, as well as for best revival of a play.

Best play nominees are “The Humans,” “The Father,” “King Charles III” and “Eclipsed.”

Nominated for best play revival were “Blackbird,” “Noises Off,” and Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible” and “A View From the Bridge.”

Best musical revival nominees were “She Loves Me,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “The Color Purple” and “Spring Awakening.”

The Tony awards will be presented on June 12 at Manhattan’s Beacon Theater in a ceremony headlined by talk show host and past Tony winner James Corden.

Following is a list of nominees in major categories for Broadway’s annual Tony awards, which will be presented at the Beacon Theater in New York on June 12:

Best musical:


“School of Rock – the Musical”

“Bright Star”

“Shuffle Along, or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed”


Best play:

“Eclipsed” by Danai Gurira

“The Father” by Florian Zeller

“The Humans” by Stephen Karam

“King Charles III” by Mike Bartlett

Best revival of a musical:

“She Loves Me”

“Fiddler on the Roof”

“Spring Awakening”

“The Color Purple”

Best revival of a play:


“Long Day’s Journey Into Night”

“Arthur Miller’s The Crucible”

“Arthur Miller’s A View From the Bridge”

Best performance by a leading actress 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 a leading actor 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 a leading actress 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 a leading actor 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 book of a musical:

“Bright Star”


“School of Rock – the Musical”

“Shuffle Along, or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed”

Best original score:

“Bright Star”


“School of Rock – the Musical”


Best choreography:


“Shuffle Along, or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed”

“Fiddler on the Roof”

“Dames at Sea”

“On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan”

(Reporting by Chris Michaud; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)


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