After receiving their record-breaking 16 nominations, it was finally Hamilton‘s big night on Sunday where they went 11 for 16 and basically swept the award show. Kind of a bummer night if you weren’t rooting for America’s favourite Treasury Secretary. But we sure enjoyed it! Here are some of our favourite Hamilton moments from The 70th Annual Tony Awards.
The Introduction of James Corden
They didn’t waste any time getting straight to the good stuff. The cast of Hamilton beat even the host, James Corden, to the stage. They changed the lyrics of the opening number to introduce the ‘the chubby dude from ‘Into the Woods’ who played the baker’ and basically acknowledged that they would be frequenting the stage all night long. You were warned.
Renee Elise Goldsberry wins best supporting actress
Renee‘s win for her portrayal of Alexander Hamilton’s friend and sister-in-law, Angelica Schuyler, started off the win-streak for Hamilton. She announced, ‘Hamilton has been one once in a lifetime moment after another and still the best moment of every day is going home at night to my husband Alexis, I love you so much.’ Awww! And don’t think we didn’t notice that Hamilton-inspired dress, Renee. Absolutely stunning!
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s first acceptance of the night
Lin-Manuel‘s first win of the night was for Best Score of a Musical. Rather than free-style an acceptance–as he has been known to do–Lin opted for a sonnet. He thanked and praised his wife, then moved into a tribute to the victims of the Orlando shooting and preached love above all. The sonnet was beautiful, and of course he ended it crying–another thing he is known to do. A lovely bitter-sweet mix of heartfelt gratitude and sadness at the Orlando tragedy.
Lin basically cried all night
Every time one of his cast won an award, every time he won an award, every time other people won awards. Basically, anytime the camera panned to him, he was teary-eyed. In fact, it seems like most of the Hamilton fandom was crying along with him too.
— faux adult. (@itsmegkehoe) June 13, 2016
pretty sure lin-manuel has been crying the entire night #TonyAwards
— hulie (@JuliaASoto) June 13, 2016
Look at these teary eyes:
Daveed Diggs and Leslie Odom Jr. won awards
Daveed Diggs won Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his roles as Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson and Leslie Odom Jr. won Best Actor in a Musical for his performance as Aaron Burr. For both men, Hamilton was their Broadway debut musical. Quite a way to start, boys! Both were extremely gracious and gave humble speeches that you can read here.
Barbra didn’t even need to read the Best Musical winner
We could all pretty much predict that Hamilton was going to walk away with the Best Musical prize. Barbra Streisand, however, was completely certain. Not only did she dress the part, she didn’t even have to open the envelope to read the winner. Seriously, did you see her open the envelope? Because we sure didn’t. Whatever, it seems she was right anyway!
Did Barbra Streisand even open the envelope? https://t.co/ucCoJyLB7O
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) June 13, 2016
— Sylvia Obell (@SylviaObell) June 13, 2016
Basically the reason we all tuned in: seeing at least a snippet of the show. For their Tony performance, the cast did “The Battle of Yorktown,” the part of the show where they fight the Revolutionary War. In light of the recent events in Orlando though, they did the performance without the musket props they use in the show. The audience was appreciative, and the presentation was everything we wanted it to be. Even though Lin’s voice was a little rough from all the crying. But we can forgive him that.
The closing number
What better way to end the Tonys where Hamilton won 11 awards than with one last dose of the show? For the closing number, the ladies of Hamilton took to the stage to perform ‘The Schuyler Sisters,’ a song you’ve never seen performed if you haven’t been to a show. And again, the cast was pretty much flawless.
All that Hamilton just makes us want to see the full show! Trip to New York, anyone?