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TONY AWARD NOMINATIONS: Lupita Nyong’o, Danielle Brooks & Cynthia Erivo Are In The Running! + “Hamilton” Scores Record 16 Nominations

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#BlackExcellence is taking over the Tony Awards! Lupita Nyong’o, Danielle Brooks and Cynthia Erivo all are in the running to become first time Tony Award winners. Plus, the hit Broadway show “Hamilton” made history sweeping up 16 nominations. More inside….

With Broadway newbies like Lupita Nyong’o and Danielle Brooks joining the theatre realm, it’s exciting to see these ladies be recognized for their accomplishments in Broadway theatre after their debut.

Lupita has been nominated for Best Leading Actress in a Play for her role in the off-Broadway play-turned-Broadway play “Eclipsed.” And she’s not alone.

“Eclipsed” playwright Danai Gurira is in the running for the Best Play award. “Eclipsed” stars Pascale Armand and Saycon Sengbloh are going head-to-head in the Best Featured Actress in a Play category. Costume designer Clint Ramos is also being nominated in the Best Costume Design of a Play category for "Eclipsed."

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“Orange Is The New Black” star Danielle Brooks made her Broadway debut as Sofia in the Broadway musical “The Color Purple.” Chick slayed her part and is being nominated in the Best Featured Actress in a Musical category. Danielle’s co-star Cynthia Erivo is in the running for the Best Leading Actress in a Musical award. And "The Color Purple" nabbed a nomination for Best Revival of a Musical.

Congrats!

And the highlight for this year's awards....

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The super popular Hip Hop musical “Hamilton” just made history. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway play dominated the awards nabbing a record 16 nominations, the most any play has been nominated in the awards show history. WOW!

Below is the full list of nominees:

Best Leading Actor in a Musical

Alex Brightman, School of Rock

Danny Burstein, Fiddler on the Roof

Zachary Levi, She Loves Me

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton

Leslie Odom Jr., Hamilton

 

Best Leading Actress in a Musical

Laura Benanti, She Loves Me

Carmen Cusack, Bright Star

Cynthia Erivo, The Color Purple

Jessie Mueller, Waitress

Phillipa Soo, Hamilton

 

Best Orchestrations

Bright Star

She Loves Me

Hamilton

Shuffle Along

 

Best Original Score

Steve Martin & Edie Brickell

Lin-Manuel Miranda

Glenn Slater & Andrew Lloyd Webber

Sara Bareilles

 

Best New Musical

Bright Star

Hamilton

School of Rock

Shuffle Along ​

Waitress

 

Best Leading Actor in a Play

Gabriel Byrne, Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Jeff Daniels, Blackbird

Frank Langella, The Father

Tim Pigott-Smith, King Charles III

Mark Strong, A View From the Bridge

 

Best Leading Actress in a Play

Jessica Lange, Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Laurie Metcalf, Misery

Lupita Nyong’o, Eclipsed

Sophie Okonedo, The Crucible

Michelle Williams, Blackbird

 

Best Choreography

Andy Blankenbuehler, Hamilton

Savion Glover, Shuffle Along

Hofesh Shechter, Fiddler on the Roof

Randy Skinner, Dames at Sea

Sergio Trujillo, On Your Feet!

 

Best Scenic Design of a Musical

Es Devlin and Finn Ross, American Psycho

David Korins, Hamilton

Santo Loquasto, Shuffle Along

David Rockwell, She Loves Me

 

Best Costume Design of a Play

Jane Greenwood, Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Michael Krass, Noises Off

Clint Ramos, Eclipsed

Tom Scutt, King Charles III

 

Best Costume Design of a Musical

Gregg Barnes, Tuck Everlasting

Jeff Mahshie, She Loves Me

Ann Roth, Shuffle Along

Paul Tazewell, Hamilton

 

 

Best Play

Eclipsed by Danai Gurira

King Charles III by Mike Bartlett

The Father by Florian Zeller

The Humans by Stephen Karam ​

 

Best Book

Julian Fellowes, School of Rock

Steve Martin, Bright Star

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton

George C. Wolfe, Shuffle Along

 

Best Lighting Design of a Musical

Howell Binkley, Hamilton

Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer, Shuffle Along

Ben Stanton, Spring Awakening

Justin Townsend, American Psycho

 

Best Direction of a Musical

Michael Arden, Spring Awakening

John Doyle, The Color Purple

Scott Ellis, She Loves Me

Thomas Kail, Hamilton

George C. Wolfe, Shuffle Along

 

Best Featured Actress in a Play

Pascale Armand, Eclipsed

Megan Hilty, Noises Off

Jayne Houdyshell, The Humans

Andrea Martin, Noises Off

Saycon Sengbloh, Eclipsed

 

Best Featured Actress in a Musical

Danielle Brooks, The Color Purple

Renée Elise Goldsberry, Hamilton

Jane Krakowski, She Loves Me

Jennifer Simard, Disaster!

Adrienne Warren, Shuffle Along

 

Best Featured Actor in a Musical

Daveed Diggs, Hamilton

Brandon Victor Dixon, Shuffle Along

Christopher Fitzgerald, Waitress

Jonathan Groff, Hamilton

Christopher Jackson, Hamilton

 

Best Direction of a Play

Rupert Goold, King Charles III

Jonathan Kent, Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Joe Mantello, The Humans

Liesl Tommy, Eclipsed

Ivo van Hove, A View From the Bridge

 

Best Revival of a Musical

Fiddler on the Roof

She Loves Me

Spring Awakening

The Color Purple

 

Best Revival of a Play

A View From the Bridge

Blackbird

Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Noises Off

The Crucible

 

You can catch this year's Tony Awards when it airs live June 12th on CBS.

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