Tonys: Barbra Streisand Presents 'Hamilton' Cast With Best Musical Award

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The groundbreaking show led the Tonys race with a historic 16 nominations.

Hamilton didn't throw away its shot at the title of best musical at the Tony Awards.

The groundbreaking musical took home the top honor, beating out fellow nominated productions Bright Star, Waitress, School of Rock: The Musical and 
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Barbra Streisand, returning to the Tonys stage for the first time in 46 years, introduced the category. "Tonight, our joy is tinged with sorrow, but we're here to celebrate Broadway and the beauty that artistry can bring into this world," the award-winning performer said, referencing the tragic mass shooting that occurred overnight in Orlando, Fla., before presenting the award to the Hamilton cast.

Producer Jeffrey Seller was joined onstage by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom Jr. and other cast and crew members as he gave an acceptance speech on behalf of the group.

"I stand on this stage tonight and in this theater surrounded by dreamers — dreamers like Lin-Manuel, who had a big idea and worked tirelessly over six years to bring it to life," Seller said at the podium. "Hamilton: An American Musical embodies the best values and the best impulses that make our nation a beacon to the world — inclusiveness, generosity, ingenuity and the will to work hard to make our dreams come true. Look around, how lucky we are to be alive right now."

Miranda's smash hip-hop historical dissertation on the founding fathers became the favorite to win this year's best musical Tony even before its Broadway transfer from the Public Theater was confirmed. It led the Tonys race with a historic 16 nominations.

Hamilton took home 11 Tonys, including for best original score, featured actress in a musical, featured actor in a musical and direction of a musical, among others.

James Corden hosted the 70th annual Broadway-lauding awards show, which aired on CBS from New York City’s Beacon Theatre.

Barbra Streisand, left, with Oprah Winfrey (Photo: Getty Images)

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