A critic's take: Why 'Hamilton's' Tony Award record ushers in a new era for theater

May 3, 2016 7:50 PM

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Last year, the Tony Awards could have adopted the hashtag #TonysSoBritish. This year, the nominees announced Tuesday morning look like the anti-Oscars, so diverse is the roster.

There may not be much suspense about this year’s Tony Awards. “Hamilton,” which amassed 16 nominations, breaking the record of 15 set by “The Producers” and later matched by “Billy Elliot: The Musical,” is bound to sweep all the major musical categories.

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