Smash Hit 'Hamilton' Sweeps Tonys With 11 Wins
"Hamilton", the pop culture phenomenon based on U.S. founding father Alexander Hamilton, swept the Tonys on Sunday, winning 11 of Broadway's top awards including best musical, best actor, best direction and best score and book for creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.
The musical, which tells the story of the ill-fated Hamilton with a deft musical melding of hip-hop and rap, R&B, ballads and traditional Broadway showstoppers, also won featured actress and actor and several technical awards.
Jessica Lange won her first Tony as morphine-addicted Mary Tyrone in "Long Day's Journey Into Night".
Frank Langella won his fourth Tony for best actor in a play as an Alzheimer's-afflicted patriarch in "The Father."
"The Color Purple" took best revival of a musical, while star Cynthia Erivo took the Tony for best actress in a musical.
Miranda, who plays Hamilton, lost best actor in a musical to co-star Leslie Odom Jr. as his nemesis Aaron Burr.
"Hamilton" also won awards for Renee Elise Goldsberry and Daveed Diggs as best featured actress and actor in a musical, best director Thomas Kail, and for best lighting, costumes, choreography and orchestrations.
But it fell short of the 12 Tony wins by "The Producers" in 2001.
In a year when the Oscars drew criticism for lacking non-white nominees, the Tonys, led by the multicultural cast of "Hamilton," was rich with diversity.