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‘Hamilton’ Just Racked Up A Record 16 Tony Nominations

Cast-members from the hit Broadway musical, "Hamilton."Cast-members from the hit Broadway musical, "Hamilton."
Cast-members from the hit Broadway musical, "Hamilton."Photo by Brent N. Clarke

Hamilton, the Broadway hip-hop musical about founding father Alexander Hamilton, racked up a record 16 Tony Award nominations on Tuesday.

Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator, has already picked up a Pulitzer Prize for drama, as well as a Grammy for Best Musical Theatre album. The previous record for Tony nominations was set by The Producers, which had 15 nominations in 2001. Billy Elliot also nabbed 15 nominations in 2009.

Since Hamilton opened, the musical has been a huge hit. The play has been sold out for months, with scalpers getting many hundreds of dollars or more for a ticket. Lin-Manuel Miranda, who also plays the lead role, has also been credited with saving Hamilton from being removed from the $10 bill.

On Tuesday, the musical was nominated in virtually every major category, from set design to best musical. The award show will be broadcast on June 12 on CBS.