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Tony Awards Hail ‘Hamilton’ and Denounce Hate

June 13, 2016 2:37 AM
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But then, in a razzle-dazzle show-must-go-on moment, he began a rapid-fire song-and-dance journey through 20 much-loved musicals, from “Les Misérables” to “42nd Street.”

And the broadcast proceeded as planned, with a series of production numbers introducing television viewers to the musicals of the season, interspersed with awards and acceptance speeches. Outside the theater, casts of the nominated shows performed brief tributes to their favorite musicals, a nod to ...

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June 13, 2016 2:47 AM

The evening was also noteworthy for the way it contrasted Broadway with Hollywood: All four awards for performances in musicals went to black actors.

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June 13, 2016 2:42 AM

“The Humans,” a poignant family drama by Stephen Karam, did especially well, winning best play, best featured actress for Jayne Houdyshell and best featured actor for Reed Birney for their moving portrayal of a married couple struggling to love and cherish a family under stress. David Zinn won a Tony for his design of “The Humans” set, which replicated a shabby two-story apartment in the Chinatown neighborhood of Manhattan.

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June 13, 2016 2:40 AM

The musical “Hamilton” fell one Tony shy of breaking the record number of awards in a show that opened with a message of condolence and hope over the massacre in Orlando, Fla.

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June 13, 2016 2:40 AM

The awards were concentrated among a handful of winners. The new musical “Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed,” which was nominated for 10 Tony Awards, won none; also going home empty were the new musicals “Bright Star,” “School of Rock the Musical,” and “Waitress,” each of which will have to hope that the musical numbers they performed on the broadcast will help energize box office sales.

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June 13, 2016 2:40 AM

And a production of Arthur Miller’s “A View From the Bridge” won the awards for best play revival and for best director for Ivo van Hove, a Belgian director making his Broadway debut.

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June 13, 2016 2:39 AM

In all, “Hamilton” won 11 — one fewer than in 2001.

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June 13, 2016 2:39 AM

“Hamilton,” which has become the rare musical to cross over into the broader popular culture, was nominated for 16 Tonys — more than any other show in history, a reflection of the excitement it has engendered.

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June 13, 2016 2:39 AM

David Rockwell, a prolific and much-admired set designer who has been nominated six times for Tony Awards, finally won one, for recreating a Budapest perfumery for a revival of a cherished but less well-known classic musical, “She Loves Me.”

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June 13, 2016 2:38 AM

As the show began, its host, , paid tribute to the Orlando victims and their families, saying “our hearts go out to all of those affected by this atrocity.”

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June 13, 2016 2:38 AM

“Senseless acts of tragedy remind us that nothing here is promised — not one day,” Lin-Manuel Miranda, the author and star of “Hamilton,” declared, emotionally reciting a sonnet he had written as he accepted the Tony for best score. “Love,” he said, “cannot be killed or swept aside.”

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June 13, 2016 2:37 AM

The big night for “Hamilton” was altered by a national tragedy: 18 hours before the awards ceremony began, a lone gunman armed with an AR-15-type assault rifle opened fire at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., leaving 50 people dead. The shooting — the deadliest in United States history — added a note of sadness, disbelief and anger to Broadway’s big night.