Lin-Manuel Miranda, Sara Bareilles, Leslie Odom Jr. & More React to 2016 Tony Nominations

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Lin-Manuel Miranda and creative team during the Broadway opening night performance of Hamilton at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on Aug. 6, 2015 in New York City. 

This year's Tony nominations have left the Broadway community abuzz, with the oft-talked-about-but-impossible-to-see Hamilton scoring a record 16 nominations across the board, from Best New Musical to Best Original Score. Shuffle Along, a revival of the Jazz Age musical which set the careers of Josephine Baker and Paul Robeson in motion, scored 10 nominations, while She Loves Me scored eight.

A notable range of Broadway newcomers -- Orange is the New Black's Danielle Brooks, singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles, and Steve Martin -- have been nominated for Tonys in their inaugural year.

Sara Bareilles, who scored Waitress, gushes about her new endeavor and her Tony nom. “Working on Waitress has been a life changing experience personally and professionally," she told Billboard in a statement. "What I have learned from my collaborators on this show and the theater community at large about heart, perseverance, intention, and grace has rewired the way I think about what I put into the world as an artist. Congratulations to all the nominees, as well as all those wonderful shows, actors, singers, dancers and creators who simply make up this truly unique and inspired medium... awards or not. It is truly the highest honor to be sharing this theater season with such outstanding artists. I am very grateful to be here and consider myself a very lucky girl.”

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Leslie Odom Jr., nominated for his compulsively watchable turn as Aaron Burr in Hamilton, told Billboard, "I'm overjoyed. The sweetest part continues to be sharing all this with my family at the Rodgers. It's a blessing that so many of us were recognized in this way. We'll get to walk this out together. Couldn't be happier....We had a feeling when we first encountered this material. We felt like if we gave it our all, our collective potential was limitless. That feeling we had is confirmed when we speak to our audiences after the show, when we give concerts at the White House, and meet our heroes, and on mornings like this one. The confirmation is so bolstering." 

Read reactions from Steve Martin, Danielle Brooks, Lin-Manuel Miranda and more below:


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