The hugely successful new hip hop musical ‘Hamilton’ cleaned up at the Tony Awards winning 11 awards and adding to its already impressive list of honours including a Pulitzer prize and Grammy award. The musical is written by and stars New York playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda and is reported to be earning up to $600,000 a week.
Hamilton won in multiple categories including: best musical, best director, best book of a musical for spoken non-sung dialogue, best original storyline and best original score. It fell just short of breaking the record of 12 awards set by Mel Blanc’s ‘The Producers’ in 2001.
The musical chronicles the life of American founding father Alexander Hamilton, starting with his humble beginnings as an orphan in the Caribbean, his life through the war of independence and ending around the time of the 1800 presidential election.
Lin-Manuel Miranda decided to make some changes to his cast’s performance at Tony Awards opting not to use prop guns following the tragedy in Orlando. The cast were also introduced via video message by President Barak Obama and the first lady. Obama said that the play was “not only a smash hit but a civics lesson our kids can’t get enough of”.
Hamilton has become somewhat of a cultural phenomenon recently and has gained many plaudits including Jay Z, Beyonce and Star Wars director JJ Abrams.
British actress Cynthia Erivo won the Tony for best actress for her role in the revival of ‘The Colour Purple’. The plays artistic director David Babani also sent his support to the victims of Orlando stating: “It’s an honour to be recognised in this way by the theatre community in New York.
“However wonderful the events of tonight, they are overshadowed by the tragedy in Orlando, and our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by this awful event.”