12 June 2016

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The 70th Annual Tony Awards were held Sunday, June 12, 2016 at the Beacon Theater in New York City, New York, airing live on CBS Television and CBS All Access, hosted by The Late Late Show host  James Corden.

Corden opened up the evening with a moving tribute to the victims in Orlando, Florida.  “Our hearts go out to all of those affected by this atrocity,” Corden emoted. “You’re not on your own. Your tragedy is our tragedy. Hate will never win. We have to make sure of that. Tonight’s show stands as a symbol of that principle.”

Corden also opened the event with a tribute to Broadway plays that was one of the most entertaining opens on stage.   He took down the house with his performance and continued to deliver throughout the evening, including a hilarious carpool karaoke with Lin-

As many anticipated, Hamilton, with 16 nominations won 11 awards, including Best Musical.   Stephen Karam’s The Humans took home the Best Play award, along with many other awards;  The Color Purple Best Revival Musical Award and Best Leading Actress in a Musical Award, along with others; and Arthur Miller’s A View From the Bridge took home Best Revival of a Play, along with other awards.  See full list of winners below.

Presenters during the evening included Christian Borle, Common, Josh Groban, Nikki M. James, Bebe Neuwirth, Chita Rivera, Keri Russell, Meg Ryan, Aaron Tveit, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Mary Eliabeth Winstead,Uzo Aduba, Cate Blanchett, Claire Danes, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jake Gyllenhaal, Neil Patrick Harris, Sean Hayes, James Earl Jones, Daniel Dae Kim, Carole King, Diane Lane, Nathan Lane, Angela Lansbury, Lucy Liu, Marlee Matlin, Audra McDonald, Patina Miller, Andrew Rannells, Saoirse Ronan, Blair Underwood, Oprah Winfrey, Steve Martin, Edie Brickell and Barbra Streisand.

Directing the event was Glenn Weiss for the 17th consecutive year, and executive producing the ceremonies were Ricky Kirshner and Weiss of White Cherry Entertainment.

The American Theatre Wing announced their new initiative, The Andrew Lloyd Webber initiative, with a three-year grant being funded by Lloyd Webber for a total of $1.3 Million for the purpose of supporting theatre education opportunities for under-served young people and under-resourced public schools around the United States.

Check out our photo gallery from the Tony Awards on our Instagram.

List of Winners

BEST MUSICAL
Hamilton

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE IN A MUSICAL
Cynthia Erivo, The Color Purple

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE IN A MUSICAL
Leslie Odom, Jr., Hamilton

BEST REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL
The Color Purple

BEST PLAY
The Humans; Author: Stephen Karam

BEST REVIVAL OF A PLAY
Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE IN A PLAY
Frank Langella, The Father

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY
Andy Blankenbuehler, Hamilton

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE IN A PLAY
Jessica Lange, Long Day’s Journey Into Night

BEST BOOK OF A MUSICAL
Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A PLAY
Reed Birney, The Humans

BEST ORCHESTRATIONS
Alex Lacamoire, Hamilton

BEST DIRECTION OF A MUSICAL
Thomas Kail, Hamilton

BEST DIRECTION OF A PLAY
Ivo Van Hove, Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE (MUSIC AND/OR LYRICS) WRITTEN FOR THE THEATRE
HamiltonMusic & Lyrics: Lin-Manuel Miranda

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A MUSICAL
Daveed Diggs, Hamilton

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A MUSICAL
Renée Elise Goldsberry, Hamilton

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A PLAY
Jayne Houdyshell, The Humans

BEST LIGHTING DESIGN OF A MUSICAL
Howell Binkley, Hamilton

BEST LIGHTING DESIGN OF A PLAY
Natasha Katz, Long Day’s Journey Into Night

BEST SCENIC DESIGN OF A MUSICAL
David Rockwell, She Loves Me

BEST SCENIC DESIGN OF A PLAY
David Zinn, The Humans

BEST COSTUME DESIGN OF A MUSICAL
Paul Tazewell, Hamilton

BEST COSTUME DESIGN OF A PLAY
Clint Ramos, Eclipsed

OTHER AWARDS

TONY AWARD FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT IN THE THEATER
Sheldon Harnick, Marshall W. Mason

SPECIAL TONY AWARD
National Endowment for the Arts, Miles Wilkin

REGIONAL THEATER TONY AWARD
Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn, NJ

ISABELLE STEVENSON TONY AWARD
Brian Stokes Mitchell

TONY HONORS FOR EXCELLENCE IN THE THEATRE
Seth Gelblum, Joan Lader, Sally Ann Parson

 

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