As much as us theater nerds refuse to admit otherwise, it's very rare that the Tony Awards get the same attention as the Oscars, the Emmys or any other televised awards ceremony. However, it's also just as rare that a Broadway musical is able to capture the entire collective imagination of the American public all at once — and "Hamilton," the hip-hop inspired show about the life of founding father Alexander Hamilton, is certainly that musical.
The show won 11 of the 16 awards it was nominated for Sunday night (June 12), and while it didn't break the record for most wins that "The Producers" first set in 2001, it definitely set out hearts aflame (every part aflame, this is not a game) even more than it already has. Plus, wins for two "Hamilton" cast members led to a major Tony Awards milestone: For the first time in the show's history, all four musical acting awards were awarded to people of color.
Here were the best moments during the Tony Awards when "Hamilton" didn't throw away its shot:
When the Carpool Karaoke squad had a repeat performance.
When James Corden acknowledged the real reason we're all here.
"Tonight’s show will not be all about 'Hamilton,'" he joked. "There will also be some commercial breaks. Think of tonight as the Oscars, but with diversity!"
When the First Family gave Lin-Manuel Miranda a shout out.
Remember when Lin-Manuel Miranda performed the beginning of "Hamilton" at a White House poetry slam? "We were all laughing, but who's laughing now?" said Barack Obama.
"America is what 'We The People' make of it," Michelle added. "As long as we stay like our country, young, scrappy and hungry."
When the cast of "Hamilton" performed a song from "Rent."
Oh god, all my Broadway dreams are coming true!
When James Corden discovered Leslie Odom Jr. and Daveed Digg's secret life as "Law & Order" featured actors.
Every single actor on Broadway has been on one "Law and Order" or another. It's a rite of theatrical passage, right up there with getting your equity card and becoming a waitress on the side to make ends meet.
When "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" star Titus Andromedon leaked his audition tape.
Of course, we all know Titus didn't get cast because he “can’t rap or walk quickly in a circle.”
And finally, when they ended the ceremony by rocking out to "The Schuyler Sisters."