Hip-hop musical ‘Hamilton’ is big winner at Tony Awards

Meanwhile, Jessica Lange takes home a Tony to sit alongside her Oscars and Emmys

Hip-hop musical Hamilton was the big winner at last night’s Tony Awards, taking home eleven prizes including Best Musical.

Hamilton, whose book, music and lyrics were written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, follows the life story of Alexander Hamilton, one of the founding fathers of the USA. It was nominated for a record-equalling 16 Tony Awards, and its 11-prize haul is just one short of the record 12 prizes awarded to The Producers in 2001.

As well as collecting the Best Musical prize, Miranda took home the Tonys for Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score. However, he was beaten to the Best Actor in a Musical award by his co-star Leslie Odom, Jr. Fellow Hamilton cast members Daveed Diggs and Renée Elise Goldsberry also won acting prizes.

Other winners at the 70th annual Tony Awards included Jessica Lange, who won the Best Actress in a Play prize for her performance in the Broadway revival of Long Day’s Journey Into Night. She now becomes only the 22nd performer to have won the so-called “Triple Crown of Acting”: an Emmy, a Tony and an Oscar.

James Corden, himself a Tony Award winner in 2012, presided over the New York awards ceremony for the first time. He began his hosting by addressing the day’s mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, telling the audience: “Hate will never win. Together, we have to make sure of that. Tonight’s show stands as a symbol and a celebration of that principle.”