After being nominated for a record-breaking 16 Tony Awards, hamilfans anxiously awaited to find out what statues Hamilton would actually take home. While it came very close, Hamilton was just one trophy away from tying with The Producers for the show with the most wins. Still, 11 wins out of 16 nominations is a very impressive feat. Adding to the fact that it won 3 out of the 4 musical acting categories, and most importantly for us here at Broadway Black they were all black!
The hit musical won 11 total awards, including best musical, direction of a musical (Thomas Kail), best actor in a musical (Leslie Odom Jr.), best score (Lin-Manuel Miranda), best book of a musical (Lin-Manuel Miranda), best featured actor in a musical (Daveed Diggs), and best featured actress in a musical (Renée Elise Goldsberry).
It also won a record number of technical awards including best orchestrations (Alex Lacamoire), best costume design (Paul Tazewell), best choreography (Andy Blankenbuehler), and best lighting design (Howell Binkley).
While Hamilton has received much of the hype this Broadway season, it’s all so well deserved. Especially when it comes to first-time Tony winners Leslie Odom Jr., Renee Elise Goldsberry, and Daveed Diggs. (Actually, all the winners from the musical categories are first-time Tony winners.) All three delivered some of the most heartfelt speeches of the night, thanking their families, their cast and crew, and their love for musical theatre.
Personally, I’ve been #TeamLeslie from the jump. What that man does at the Richard Rodgers Theatre nightly, how he transforms into Burr and gives depth and heart to a character that audiences can’t help but understand, is remarkable. “I will cherish this,” Odom said in his speech, thanking Hamilton creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda, who was also nominated in the same category. “God bless you. You’ve given us a new vision of what’s possible.”
And with all of these wins, Hamilton surely did give Broadway a new vision of what is possible. One that has changed the landscape of theatre for the better and for that we are grateful.
Check out the speeches below!
Renee Elise Goldsberry
Leslie Odom Jr.
Iconic Entertainer Gregory Hines Honored With a Black Heritage Series Stamp
The U.S. Postal Service honored iconic entertainer Gregory Hines with a Black Heritage Series stamp in a ceremony on January 28th. As the 42nd entry in the series, the stamp featuring a 1988 photo of a smiling Hines is now available at Post Offices and usps.com.
At the ceremony Tony Award winner Savion Glover talked about the role Hines played in elevating tap into an art form and the value of his work. Joining him in the celebration were Maurice Hines, actor, dancer, choreographer, and Hines’ brother; Daria Hines, actress, costume designer, and Hines’ daughter; dancers Chloe and Maud Arnold; Tony Waag, the American Tap Dance Foundation’s artistic director, and tap dancer Jason Samuels Smith.
“I don’t exist without this man,” said Glover, “These young people that you see, they aren’t born without this. We are not here today without this.”
The Chief Postal Inspector, Gary Barksdale, who led the ceremony, said “Gregory Hines was an extraordinary artist in every sense of the word. This Forever stamp pays tribute to his life and career as an actor, singer and most importantly, as a performer whose unique style of tap dancing injected new artistry and excitement into a traditional American form.”
Gregory Hines’ Broadway credits include Eubie!, Sophisticated Ladies, & Comin’ Uptown, all of which garnered him Tony Award nominations. He became a Tony Award winner for his starring role in “Jelly’s Last Jam” in 1992. In 2003 he passed away at 57 years old from cancer.
Casts of Disney’s The Lion King, Frozen, & Aladdin Broadway Celebrate Black History Month
It’s a beautiful time to be Black on Broadway. For Black History Month, the casts of The Lion King, Aladdin, and Frozen on Broadway came together in a celebratory photo shoot with photographer Darnell Bennett involving 35+ company cast members.
Take a look at the behind-the-scenes video above and the accompanying photos below.
Cast members included The Lion King‘s Tryphena Wade, Lawrence Keith Alexander, Brian C. Binion, Lidiwe Dlamini, Donna Michelle Vaughn, LaMar Baylor, Kyle Lamar Mitchell, Bradley Gibson, Jamal Lee Harris, Elisha Bowmans, Ray Mercer, L. Steven Taylor, Bongi Duma, Kimberly Marable, Syndee Winters, Cameron Amandus, Pearl Khwezi, Jaysin McCollum, Angelica Edwards, India Bolds, Bonita Hamilton, Tshidi Manye, & Bravita Threatt.
Also, Noah Ricketts, Aisha Jackson, Donald Jones Jr. of Frozen, and Aladdin‘s Tyler Roberts, Paige Williams, Deonte L Warren, Tiffany Evariste, Major Attaway, Amber Owens, Jamie Kasey Patterson, April Holloway, Kathryn Allison, Ariel Reid, Juwan Crawley, Trent Saunders, Dennis Stowe, and Stanley Martin.
Search Broadway Black
Cast List4 weeks ago
Amber Riley & MJ Rodriguez Will Star in Little Shop of Horrors
Award Nominations1 month ago
2019 Emmy Nominations: Viola Davis, Sterling K. Brown, Billy Porter & More
Cast List4 weeks ago
Daniel J Watts, Dawnn Lewis, + More Join The Cast of Broadway’s Tina—The Tina Turner Musical
Cast List1 month ago
35th Powerhouse Season: Casting Announced for Musical Workshop Goddess & More!
First Look1 month ago
A Look Inside CATS with Jennifer Hudson, Jason Derulo, Idris Elba & More
Breaking News1 month ago
Happy Jackie Washington Day! Get Into All That Is Jenifer Lewis!