St. Xavier High School alumnus wins Tony Award for best choreography for 'Hamilton'

Posted at 9:59 AM, Jun 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-13 09:59:03-04

A St. Xavier High School alumnus won a Tony award Sunday for his choreography work in the Broadway sensation “Hamilton.”

Cincinnati native Andy Blankenbuehler, 46, took home one of the 11 awards won by “Hamilton,” the hip-hop style musical inspired by the life of Alexander Hamilton.

Despite the victory for the production, many used the ceremony as an opportunity to speak about Saturday evening's nightclub shooting in Orlando.

Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of “Hamilton,” delivered a sonnet before accepting his award for Best Score.

"We rise and fall and light from dying embers, remembrances that hope and love last longer and love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love cannot be killed or swept aside as sacred as a symphony Eliza tells her story,” Miranda said. “Now fill the world with music, love and pride. And thank you so much for this."

The production also received awards for:  

  • Best Musical
  • Leading Actor in a Musical
  • Best Score
  • Featured Actor in a Musical
  • Featured Actress in a Musical
  • Best Work of a Musical
  • Best Choreography
  • Best Orchestrations
  • Best Costume Design of a Musical
  • Best Lighting Design for a Musical