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2016 Tony and Grammy Award-winner Daveed Diggs became the talk of New York for his performance as both “Thomas Jefferson” and “Lafayette” in the lauded musical Hamilton, created by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Following its sold-out run at New York’s Public Theater, the show made the move to Broadway in the summer of 2015 and has been sold out since opening, with a Broadway record $57 million in advance sales.
The musical won the 2015 Obie for Best New American Theater Work, and Diggs won the 2015 Lucille Lortel Award for his performance. In May 2016, Hamilton set a record with 16 Tony Award nominations; on June 12, the show won in 11 categories, including “Best Musical” and Digg’s win for “Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical.”
The show also won the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album at the 58th Grammy Awards, bringing down the house with a live performance on the February 15, 2016, telecast. Hamilton has become a massive critical success and a bona fide cultural phenomenon in the United States.