With the success of Hamilton, musical theater has become a place where racial diversity can be celebrated and cultivated. But Hamilton isn't the only place where actors of color are killing it. The Color Purple received an award for Best Revival of a Musical this year. The original production garnered 11 nominations, so the show is keeping up a tradition of excellence.
On Sunday night, performers from Hamilton and The Color Purple won all the awards in the musical theater categories, to the excitement of the Tonys themselves:
All of these actors are fire. Cynthia Erivo won best actress in a leading role in a musical award for The Color Purple, while Leslie Odom Jr. earned the best actor in a leading role in a musical award for his performance in Hamilton. Daveed Diggs took home best actor in a featured role in a musical and Renée Elise Goldsberry was awarded best actress in a featured role in a musical, both for Hamilton.
Some are unhappy with the celebration of this landmark event:
But those people are a-holes who have been singing into their hairbrush in a mirror for too long. Get out to a real show and you'll see that the stage no longer look like your reflection.