Tony Awards 2016: The Official Winners List

Tony Awards recognizes achievement in live Broadway theatre. The awards are presented by the American Theatre Wing and The Broadway League at an annual ceremony in New York City. The awards are given for Broadway productions and performances, and an award is given for regional theatre. Several discretionary non-competitive awards are also given, including a Special Tony Award, the Tony Honors for Excellence in Theatre, and the Isabelle Stevenson Award. The awards are named after Antoinette “Tony” Perry, co-founder of the American Theatre Wing.

With James Corden as a most charming host, the 2016 Tony Awards went off without a hitch, and Hamilton won big time. The megahit cultural phenomenon walked away with eleven awards, including Best Musical, Best Lead Actor (Leslie Odom, Jr), Best Featured Actress (Renée Elise Goldsberry), Best Featured Actor (Daveed Diggs) and Best Director (Thomas Kail.) [Read more about elephant facts for kids]

The Color Purple took Best Musical Revival and Best Actress (Cynthia Erivo), while The Humans took Best Play, Best Featured Actor (Reed Birney) and Featured Actress (Jayne Houdyshell).  A View From The Bridge took Best Play Revival, as well as Best Director (Ivo Van Hove). Best Actress and Actor for plays went to Jessica Lange and Frank Langella, respectively.

Our predictions held up pretty well: 17 out of 22, or 77.3%. More analysis to come soon. Winners below are in BOLD, and when they matched our predictions, also with stars *** [Read more about solitaire games]

Tony award 2016 Hamilton

Lin-Manuel Miranda with the cast of “Hamilton.” (Photo: Joan Marcus)

Best Play

Eclipsed by Danai Gurira

King Charles III by Mike Bartlett

The Father by Florian Zeller

The Humans by Stephen Karam – WINNER ***

Best Musical

Bright Star

Hamilton – WINNER ***

School of Rock

Shuffle Along


Best Revival of a Musical

Fiddler on the Roof

She Loves Me

Spring Awakening

The Color Purple – WINNER ***

Best Revival of a Play

A View From the Bridge – WINNER ***


Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Noises Off

The Crucible

Best Leading Actress in a Musical

Laura Benanti, She Loves Me

Carmen Cusack, Bright Star

Cynthia Erivo, The Color Purple – WINNER ***

Jessie Mueller, Waitress

Phillipa Soo, Hamilton

Best Leading Actor in a Musical

Alex Brightman, School of Rock

Danny Burstein, Fiddler on the Roof

Zachary Levi, She Loves Me

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton

Leslie Odom Jr., Hamilton – WINNER

Best Leading Actress in a Play

Jessica Lange, Long Day’s Journey Into Night – WINNER***

Laurie Metcalf, Misery

Lupita Nyong’o, Eclipsed

Sophie Okonedo, The Crucible

Michelle Williams WMB -1.09%, Blackbird

Best Leading Actor in a Play

Gabriel Byrne, Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Jeff Daniels, Blackbird

Frank Langella, The Father – WINNER

Tim Pigott-Smith, King Charles III

Mark Strong, A View From the Bridge

Best Featured Actress in a Play

Pascale Armand, Eclipsed

Megan Hilty, Noises Off

Jayne Houdyshell, The Humans – WINNER ***

Andrea Martin, Noises Off

Saycon Sengbloh, Eclipsed

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play

Reed Birney, The Humans – WINNER ***

Bill Camp, The Crucible

David Furr, Noises Off

Richard Goulding, King Charles III

Michael Shannon, Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Best Featured Actress in a Musical

Danielle Brooks, The Color Purple

Renée Elise Goldsberry, Hamilton – WINNER ***

Jane Krakowski, She Loves Me

Jennifer Simard, Disaster! 

Adrienne Warren, Shuffle Along

Best Featured Actor in a Musical

Daveed Diggs, Hamilton – WINNER ***

Brandon Victor Dixon, Shuffle Along

Christopher Fitzgerald, Waitress

Jonathan Groff, Hamilton

Christopher Jackson, Hamilton

Best Direction of a Play

Rupert Goold, King Charles III

Jonathan Kent, Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Joe Mantello, The Humans

Liesl Tommy, Eclipsed

Ivo van Hove, A View From the Bridge – WINNER ***

Best Direction of a Musical [Read more about interesting animal facts]

Michael Arden, Spring Awakening

John Doyle, The Color Purple

Scott Ellis, She Loves Me

Thomas Kail, Hamilton – WINNER ***

George C. Wolfe, Shuffle Along

Best Original Score

Steve Martin & Edie Brickell, Bright Star

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton – WINNER ***

Glenn Slater & Andrew Lloyd Webber, School of Rock

Sara Bareilles, Waitress

Best Book Of A Musical

Julian Fellowes, School of Rock

Steve Martin, Bright Star

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton – WINNER ***

George C. Wolfe, Shuffle Along

Best Orchestrations

August Eriksmoen, Bright Star

Larry Hochman, She Loves Me

Alex Lacamoire, Hamilton – WINNER ***

Daryl Waters WAT -1.75%, Shuffle Along

Best Choreography

Andy Blankenbuehler, Hamilton – WINNER

Savion Glover, Shuffle Along

Hofesh Shechter, Fiddler on the Roof

Randy Skinner, Dames at Sea

Sergio Trujillo, On Your Feet!

Best Scenic Design of a Musical

Es Devlin and Finn Ross, American Psycho

David Korins, Hamilton

Santo Loquasto, Shuffle Along

David Rockwell, She Loves Me – WINNER ***

Best Costume Design of a Play

Jane Greenwood, Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Michael Krass, Noises Off

Clint Ramos, Eclipsed – WINNER

Tom Scutt, King Charles III

Best Costume Design of a Musical

Gregg Barnes, Tuck Everlasting

Jeff Mahshie, She Loves Me

Ann Roth, Shuffle Along

Paul Tazewell, Hamilton – WINNER ***

Best Lighting Design of a Musical

Howell Binkley, Hamilton – WINNER ***

Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer, Shuffle Along

Ben Stanton, Spring Awakening

Justin Townsend, American Psycho

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