'Hamilton' nets record 16 Tony nominations

Tony nominees, including Hamilton creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, discuss their nods.
Lim-Manuel Miranda addressing the audience after the opening night of Hamilton on Broadway in New York, on Aug 6, 2015.
Lim-Manuel Miranda addressing the audience after the opening night of Hamilton on Broadway in New York, on Aug 6, 2015.PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW YORK (AFP) - The wildly popular hip-hop musical Hamilton, a tale of America's founding fathers that has won fans as high-profile as US President Barack Obama, netted a record 16 Tony nominations on Tuesday (May 3).

The much-acclaimed production by Lin-Manuel Miranda - who recently won a Pulitzer Prize for the work - received nods across the board for the awards honouring Broadway's best, to be handed out in June.

Hamilton - a major success story driven by social media buzz and its catchy score - earned nominations in all aspects of show-making: from best musical and best original score to nods for directing, choreography, costumes and scenery.

In the best actor and featured actor categories, the show's stars - including Miranda as Alexander Hamilton - will compete against each other for top honours. The show's main actresses also earned nominations.

The haul is the most in Broadway history, surpassing the 15-nominations record previously held by The Producers and Billy Elliot. The Producers holds the record for the most wins with 12.

Hamilton is the wide favourite to take home the best musical prize - it will compete against Bright Star, School Of Rock - The Musical, Shuffle Along, Or, The Making Of The Musical Sensation Of 1921 And All That Followed and Waitress. In the best play category, two works by Arthur Miller are in contention: The Crucible and A View From The Bridge. Other nominees are Blackbird, Long Day's Journey Into Night and Noises Off.

The Tonys will be awarded on June 12 at New York's Beacon Theatre.