Black actors have been slaying the Big White Way lately, thanks in part to Hamilton. Created by Lin Manuel Miranda, the musical featured a multiracial cast and was a hit with audiences, which even included the Obamas.
Sunday night, Black actors swept the musical acting categories for the first time in history, taking home awards for best actress, best actor, best featured actress and best featured actor.
For the first time in #TonyAwards history, all four musical acting awards have gone to people of color.
— The Tony Awards (@TheTonyAwards) June 13, 2016
Hamilton alums Daveed Diggs and Elise Goldsberry took home awards for featured actor and actress, while Leslie Odom Jr. won for lead actor. Cynthia Erivo of The Color Purple also took home a Tony for lead actress in a musical.
Hamilton was also the big winner of the night, taking home trophies for best musical, best book, and best original score to name a few, while The Color Purple earned an award for best musical revival.
Miranda, Hamilton’s creator, also paid tribute to the victims in a moving poem.
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