'Hamilton' breaks Tonys record with 16 nominations

May 3, 2016 3:10 PM

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“Hamilton,” Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hip-hop musical about America's founding fathers, wrote its own piece of history Tuesday morning by picking up 16 Tony Award nominations, breaking the record of 15 set by "The Producers" in 2001 and tied by “Billy Elliot” in 2009.

Miranda’s critical and box-office hit, considered by most to be a shoo-in to win the top prize of best musical, will compete, nominally, against Andrew Lloyd Webber's "School of Rock,” small-town charmer “Waitress,” Appalachian bluegrass piece “Bright Star” and race-themed meta-tale “Shuffle Along, ...

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