Tonys: 'Hamilton' Leads the Charge on a Historic Night for Broadway (Analysis)

June 13, 2016 5:09 AM

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Tonys: 'Hamilton' Leads the Charge on a Historic Night for Broadway (Analysis)

A Broadway season of record-setting box-office and unprecedented diversity — highlighted by Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda's mega-blockbuster about America's founding fathers, with its hip-hop soundtrack and color-blind casting — came to an end on Sunday night with the 70th Tony Awards ceremony. Hamilton did not establish a new record for most Tony wins — its final tally of 11 means that distinction still belongs to The Producers, which won 12 — but it still was the main attraction on a night that featured plenty of other history-making. (The only other place one can see the show is at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, where tickets now go for thousands of dollars apiece.)

In the wake of this morning's shooting in Orlando, Fla., the greatest mass-killing with a gun in American history, some wondered whether the show would even go on. In the grand tradition of the theater, it did, with the organizers, host James Corden and numerous winners dedicating the evening to the...

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