The musical “Hamilton” was one win away from making history on Sunday night (June 12). The hip-hop inspired biography of Alexander Hamilton, won 11 awards at the 2016 Tony Awards, including best new musical, making the, one away from the record-breaking 12 Tony Award wins held by “The Producers.”
The show’s star and creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda won for best score and book, and read a sonnet onstage inspired by his wife and dedicated to the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando.
Cynthia Erivo won the Tony for best actress for her Broadway debut in “The Color Purple.” She thanked her cast for “making me a stronger woman on that stage.” The Tony Awards made history Sunday night with all four of its musical acting honors going to performers of color.
The Tony Awards shared the historic moment with a celebratory tweet: “For the first time in #TonyAwards history, all four musical acting awards have gone to people of color.”
See Miranda’s speech below and see the whole list of winners here.
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) June 13, 2016