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2016 Tony Awards nominations: 'Hamilton' nabs record 16 nominations

Lin-Manuel Miranda, actor and creator of the of the play "Hamilton," addresses the audience after the plays opening night on Broadway in New York August 6, 2015. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Gordon Cox

Variety.com

LOS ANGELES — "Hamilton" dominated the 2016 Tony Awards nominations, with Lin-Manuel Miranda's Broadway juggernaut notching a record 16 noms for the theater industry's 70th annual awards ceremony.

Also doing well at the May 3 nominations announcement were "Shuffle Along," the starry musical that opened last week, with 10 nominations, and the Roundabout Theater Company's well-received revival of "She Loves Me" (eight nominations). The Roundabout's "Long Day's Journey into Night," starring Jessica Lange, led the season's plays with seven nods, while the two biggest new-play contenders, "The Humans" and "Eclipsed," scored six apiece.

The question of whether "Hamilton" would set a new record was among the most closely watched at the nominations announcement. Since the awards-season domination of top-selling buzzmagnet "Hamilton" had seemed like a sure thing since the production began Broadway performances in July, the horserace became whether the show would top the record of 15 nominations set by "The Producers" in 2001 and matched in 2009 by "Billy Elliot."

In that regard, "Hamilton" was hampered by the lack of a sound design category, which existed in 2009 (and for which "Billy Elliot" was nominated and subsequently won). But the musical made up for that one missing category when nominators went deep into the show's acting pool.

In the featured musical actor race, three of the five spots are filled with "Hamilton" actors: Daveed Diggs, Jonathan Groff and Christopher Jackson. As expected, creator-star Lin-Manuel Miranda and co-star Leslie Odom Jr. took spots in the best actor in a musical category, while Philippa Soo notched a lead actress nod and Renee Elise Goldsberry took a featured actress slot.

Here's the 2016 Tony Awards nominations full list.

Best Play

Eclipsed

The Father

The Humans

King Charles III

Best Musical

Bright Star

Hamilton

School of Rock--The Musical

Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed

Waitress

Best Revival of a Play

Arthur Miller's The Crucible

Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge

Blackbird

Long Day's Journey Into Night

Noises Off

Best Revival of a Musical

The Color Purple

Fiddler on the Roof

She Loves Me

Spring Awakening

Best Book of a Musical

Bright Star

Steve Martin

Hamilton

Lin-Manuel Miranda

School of Rock--The Musical

Julian Fellowes

Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed

George C. Wolfe

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre

Bright Star

Music: Steve Martin and Edie Brickell Lyrics: Edie Brickell

Hamilton

Music & Lyrics: Lin-Manuel Miranda

School of Rock--The Musical

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber Lyrics: Glenn Slater

Waitress

Music & Lyrics: Sara Bareilles

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role 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 Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role 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 an Actor in a Leading Role 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 an Actress in a Leading Role 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 an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play

Reed Birney, The Humans Bill Camp, Arthur Miller's The Crucible David Furr, Noises Off Richard Goulding, King Charles III Michael Shannon, Long Day's Journey Into Night

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play

Pascale Armand, Eclipsed Megan Hilty, Noises Off Jayne Houdyshell, The Humans Andrea Martin, Noises Off Saycon Sengbloh, Eclipsed

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical

Daveed Diggs, Hamilton Brandon Victor Dixon, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed Christopher Fitzgerald, Waitress Jonathan Groff, Hamilton Christopher Jackson, Hamilton

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical

Danielle Brooks, The Color Purple Renee Elise Goldsberry, Hamilton Jane Krakowski, She Loves Me Jennifer Simard, Disaster! Adrienne Warren, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed

Best Scenic Design of a Play

Beowulf Boritt, Therese Raquin Christopher Oram, Hughie Jan Versweyveld, Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge David Zinn, The Humans

Best Scenic Design of a Musical

Es Devlin & Finn Ross, American Psycho David Korins, Hamilton Santo Loquasto, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed David Rockwell, She Loves Me

Best Costume Design of a Play

Jane Greenwood, Long Day's Journey Into Night Michael Krass, Noises Off Clint Ramos, Eclipsed Tom Scutt, King Charles III

Best Costume Design of a Musical

Gregg Barnes, Tuck Everlasting Jeff Mahshie, She Loves Me Ann Roth, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed Paul Tazewell, Hamilton

Best Lighting Design of a Play

Natasha Katz, Long Day's Journey Into Night Justin Townsend, The Humans Jan Versweyveld, Arthur Miller's The Crucible Jan Versweyveld, Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge

Best Lighting Design of a Musical

Howell Binkley, Hamilton Jules Fisher & Peggy Eisenhauer, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed Ben Stanton, Spring Awakening Justin Townsend, American Psycho

Best Direction of a Play

Rupert Goold, King Charles III Jonathan Kent, Long Day's Journey Into Night Joe Mantello, The Humans Liesl Tommy, Eclipsed Ivo Van Hove, Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge

Best Direction of a Musical

Michael Arden, Spring Awakening John Doyle, The Color Purple Scott Ellis, She Loves Me Thomas Kail, Hamilton George C. Wolfe, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed

Best Choreography

Andy Blankenbuehler, Hamilton Savion Glover, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed Hofesh Shechter, Fiddler on the Roof Randy Skinner, Dames at Sea Sergio Trujillo, On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan

Best Orchestrations

August Eriksmoen, Bright Star Larry Hochman, She Loves Me Alex Lacamoire, Hamilton Daryl Waters, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed

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