2016 Tony Awards: The Need to Know

Another year, another Tony Award night. Once again Australians huff over having to fork out a year’s savings to afford flights to see the nominated shows, or painfully wait for the show to tour down under. If it ever does. Bootlegs are often poor quality or the videos are ‘unavailable for your geographical location’. So here is all you need to know about the 70th Annual Tony Awards. 

James Corden, the host of this year’s event, opened the show in spectacular fashion. Half way through his mash-up, stopping to ask Oprah ‘have I ruined it?’ scored him cheers from the crowd.  Finishing the performance with young lookalike theatre kids appearing on stage before revealing the nominated broadway stars in their place emphasised the song’s message. 


“Don’t wonder if this could be you, it absolutely could be”


The message it could be you up here is something that every generation of kids needs to hear at some point in their lives. With social issues from racism to gender discrimination at the forefront of the world’s focus, this message of equality and acceptance is a welcome one especially after the terror incident in Orlando. James Corden has proven how talented he is from hosting his own show to starring in Into the Woods, and now successfully hosting the Tony Awards with style. This is my favourite performance from this year’s award ceremony but several others wowed audiences showcasing talent and finesse. 




Popular nominee Hamilton the Musical has been named 2016’s new big thing. All over social media, from Tumblr to Instagram, fans are raving about this American original musical. With a talented cast and an incredible score, it is no surprise Hamilton was awarded eleven Tony Awards. This achievement almost breaks the record of the most wins with The Producers just out of reach with twelve awards. The Colour Purple and The Humans both secured awards.

The Tony Awards celebrate the best of what Broadway has to offer and is a night for performances and guest appearances. With the Tony Awards over around the corner in July is the Australian version, the Helpmann awards. Check out other highlights on Youtube!


The Winners:

  • Best Musical: “Hamilton” 
  • Best Lead actress in a musical: Cynthia Erivo for “The Color Purple” 
  • Best Lead actor in a musical: Leslie Odom Jr. for “Hamilton” 
  • Best Revival of a musical: “The Color Purple” 
  • Best Play:”The Humans” 
  • Best Revival of a Play: “Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge” 
  • Best Lead actor in a play: Frank Langella for “The Father” 
  • Best Choreography: Andy Blankenbuehler for “Hamilton” 
  • Best Lead actress in a play: Jessica Lange for “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” 
  • Best Book of a musical: “Hamilton” 
  • Best Orchestrations: Alex Lacamoire for “Hamilton” 
  • Best Featured actor in a play: Reed Birney for “The Humans” 
  • Best Direction of a musical: Thomas Kail for “Hamilton” 
  • Best Direction of a play: Ivo Van Hove for “Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge” 
  • Best Original score (music and/or lyrics): Lin-Manuel Miranda for “Hamilton” 
  • Best Featured actor in a musical: Daveed Diggs for “Hamilton” 
  • Featured actress in a play: Jayne Houdyshell for “The Humans” 
  • Best Featured actress in a musical: Renée Elise Goldsberry for “Hamilton” 
  • Best Scenic design of a play: David Zinn for “The Humans” 
  • Best Scenic design of a musical: David Rockwell for “She Loves Me” 
  • Best Costume design of a play: Clint Ramos for “Eclipsed” 
  • Best Costume design of a musical: Paul Tazewell for “Hamilton” 
  • Best Lighting design of a play: Natasha Katz for”Long Day’s Journey Into Night” 
  • Best Lighting design of a musical: Howell Binkley for “Hamilton”




About Tara Sidebottom

view all posts

Living life under a rock; exploring the worlds of fiction on page, screen and stage. Unintentional foodie and Instagram addict @tara_michelleanne