The 70th Annual Tony Awards take over New York City on June 12. The ceremony, which awards excellence in Broadway theater, is being held at the Beacon Theatre on Broadway.
Each year, the American Theatre Wing and the Broadway League in New York City present dozens of medallion statues in multiple categories. They honor shows that take place at official Broadway venues during the season – May to April.
The big story of the 2016 awards is “Hamilton,” the sold-old phenomenon of the Great White Way. The hip-hop musical racked up a record 16 nominations, including three for the star and creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda. Six other “Hamilton” actors received nods for their performances. As well, it receive nods for Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score, Best Lighting Design and Best Direction of a Musical.
Other notable nominees include the legendary Andrew Lloyd Webber for “School of Rock,” Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o for “Eclipsed,” Michelle Williams and Jeff Daniels for “Blackbird,” and Jessica Lange, Michael Shannon and Gabriel Byrne for “Long Day’s Journey Into Night.”
It was also a record year for diversity. In the acting categories, 14 of the 40 nominations went to minorities.
The winners will be revealed on Sunday evening in a ceremony hosted by James Corden. For those who live outside New York or couldn’t score tickets, CBS will broadcast the show live.