(Michael Paulson’s article appeared in The New York Times, 5/3; via Pam Green.)  

“Hamilton” is already a sold-out smash hit, that rare piece of theater to cross over into popular culture, showered with prizes and accolades, celebrated by artists and politicians, memorized by children and late-night talk show hosts.

On Tuesday, the hip-hop musical about America’s first Treasury secretary added another mark of distinction: It was nominated for 16 Tony Awards, more than any other show in Broadway history.

Tony nominators deemed the show prize-worthy in every category of theatermaking — acting, writing, directing, dance, music and design. A whopping seven “Hamilton” performers were singled out; in two categories, “Hamilton” actors will compete against one another.


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