The outcome of the 2016 Tonys was never really in doubt: at the outset of the evening, host James Corden, singing a parody of Hamilton's opening number, told the cast of the show, "Just you wait," as they lunged after the trophy in his hand. By the end of the night, it won Best Musical and 10 other prizes.
Wins for Hamilton's three stars, plus The Color Purple's Cynthia Erivo's victory for best actress in a musical, marked the first time people of color have swept the musical acting categories. ("Like the Oscars, but with diversity," as Corden described the ceremony.) Amid the celebrations, all who took the stage made a point of respectfully acknowledging the terror attack that unfolded in Orlando early Sunday morning.