Tony awards: Hamilton musical makes history with 16 nominations

Hamilton, the genre-blending musical phenomenon, which tells the story of America’s founding fathers, has made Broadway history after receiving a record number of Tony nominations.

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"Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ecstatically received show gained 16 nominations, pipping Billy Elliot (2009) and The Producers (2001), which had shared the record with 15.

The musical, which opened on Broadway last August, is about the story of Alexander Hamilton but resonates far more deeply, also telling a story of race, immigration and national identity. It had been expected to dominate this year's awards, although perhaps not in a record-breaking way. 

Hamilton will compete against Bright Star, Shuffle Along, Waitress and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock for best new musical. Miranda, who plays Hamilton and whose previous hit was In the Heights (currently playing in London), is up for best actor in a musical along with his co-star, Leslie Odom Jr.

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