2016 Tony Awards Winners: The Complete List

Can we sign up James Corden to host the Oscars, the Globes, and every other awards show, please? James Corden nailed his first time hosting the Tony Awards, guiding a show that was a joyous yet respectful and highly entertaining celebration of the theater. The 70th Annual Tony Awards on CBS began with Corden acknowledging the horrible mass shooting in Orlando which left 50 people dead and 53 people injured. “On behalf of the whole theater community and every person in this room, our hearts go out to all of those affected by this atrocity. All we can say is you are not on your own right now. Your tragedy is our tragedy. Theater is a place where every race, creed, sexuality, and gender is equal, is embraced and is loved. 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,” said Corden.

As expected, it was a night filled with Hamilton wins. The critically acclaimed musical earned 11 Tony Awards including Best Musical and Choreography, leaving it just one short of tying The Producers‘ 12 wins. Accepting the Tony Award for Best Score, Lin-Manuel Miranda said instead of freestyling he wrote a sonnet which began with a tribute to his beautiful wife. Then, getting more emotional, he said, “When senseless acts of tragedy remind us that nothing here is promised, not one day, this show is proof that history remembers. We live through times when hate and fear seem stronger. We rise and fall and light from dying embers, remembrances that hope and love last longer. And love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love is…cannot be killed or swept aside.”

The 70th Annual Tony Awards made history, with all four of the acting awards in the musical categories going to actors of color for the first time in the awards show’s history. Leslie Odom Jr. Daveed Diggs, and Renée Elise Goldsberry won Tonys for their performances in Hamilton, and Cynthia Erivo was honored for her performance in The Color Purple. Corden even joked early on in the show that the Tonys are “the Oscars with diversity.”

The 2016 Tony Awards Winners:


Best Play
The Humans

Best Musical
Hamilton

Best Revival of a Play
Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge

Best Revival of a Musical
The Color Purple

Best Book of a Musical
Lin-Manuel Miranda for Hamilton

Best Original Score
Hamilton, Music & Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
Frank Langella for The Father

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Jessica Lange for Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Leslie Odom Jr for Hamilton

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Cynthia Erivo for The Color Purple

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play
Reed Birney for The Humans

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play
Jayne Houdyshell for The Humans

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical
Daveed Diggs for Hamilton

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
Renee 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

Best Direction of a Play
Ivo Van Hove for Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge

Best Direction of a Musical
Thomas Kail for Hamilton

Best Choreography
Andy Blankenbuehler for Hamilton

Best Orchestrations
Alex Lacamoire for Hamilton