“Hamilton” Blows All Tony History Away, Plus More
Today we've got: Hamilton sweeps Tony awards, Indiana gets I Voted stickers and more rights for women.
1. “Hamilton”' Smashes Records With 16 Tony Award Nominations
The Short of It
Nominations for the 2016 Tony Awards were announced Tuesday morning and Hamilton, a hip-hop musical about the country's founding fathers, walked away with 16 nominations. The most in Broadway history.
The Longer Version of It:
The Broadway sensation has already proved to be Broadway's greatest success in years. Months before its official opening, it had a 30 million dollar advance in ticket sales. Lin-Manuel Miranda, the show’s creator was recently awarded with the Pulitzer Prize last month as well as a MacArthur Foundation genius grant and the show recently won a Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album.
The show was nominated for every Tony category of theater including Best Musical, Best Actress in a Musical, two for Best Actor in a Musical as well as writing, directing and design.
Here are some of the nominees:
Bright Star, Hamilton, School of Rock the Musical, Shuffle Along, or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed, Waitress
Eclipsed, The Father, The Humans, King Charles III
Best Lead Actress — Musical:
Carmen Cusack for Bright Star, Cynthia Erivo for The Color Purple, Jessie Mueller for Waitress, Laura Benanti for She Loves Me, Phillipa Soo for Hamilton
Best Actress in a Featured Role — Musical:
Adrienne Warren for Shuffle Along, or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed, Danielle Brooks for The Color Purple, Jane Krakowski for She Loves Me, Jennifer Simard for Disaster!, Renée Elise Goldsberry for Hamilton
Best Lead Actor — Musical:
Alex Brightman for School of Rock the MusicalLeslie Odom Jr. for Hamilton, Danny Burstein for Fiddler on the Roof, Lin-Manuel Miranda for Hamilton, Zachary Levi for She Loves Me
Best Lead Actor — Play:
Jeff Daniels for Blackbird, Gabriel Byrne for Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Frank Langella for The Father, Tim Pigott-Smith for King Charles III, Mark Strong for Arthur Miller’s A View From the Bridge
2. Saudi Arabian Women Get Rights
The Short of it
Saudi Arabia's justice ministry announced that they will give women a copy of their marriage contracts in an attempt to push forward with promoting women's rights in the country.
The Longer Version of It
The ultra-conservative country had previously limited the access to marriage contracts to men only. The justice minister, Walid al-Samaani says the officials who register marriage certificates will now be required to provide a a copy specifically to a newly wed women “to ensure her awareness of her rights and the terms of the contract”. The change aims to protect the rights of women and aid them in the event of a dispute with their husbands.
Why It's A Big Deal
Women in Saudi Arabia must have the approval of a male guardian to have access to work, travel, bank accounts and menial purchases women in the U.S. have right at the ready. In the country where women are deprived of most of the rights and are forbidden from driving, the change is a seemingly small but truly significant step for Saudi women. Just this past year, women in the country went to the polls for the first time to vote in municipal elections.
3. Indiana Voters Get Their Stickers
The Short of It Indiana puts in their votes for the primary season today.
The Longer Version of It
As Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump continue to pull through to the forefront of their respective parties' nominations, the country's eyes will be set on Indiana to see if the fate of their presidential candidates have been sealed. After both Clinton and Trump swept votes in the Northeast neither of the presidential hopefuls are very far from the number of delegates needed to secure their nomination.
Why Bring It Up At The Office
By this point in previous election years, the fate of nominees have nine times out of ten been pretty much finalized and Indiana never really mattered. Proving this election year will continue to be a bizarre one.
4. Your Cheap Middle School Go-To Is On The Outs
The number one brand you headed to when you wanted to be more Abercrombie & Fitch or Hollister but didn't have the dollars might be on the outs.
Aeropostale, which for years succeeded as the cheapest version of Abercrombie & Fitch and American Eagle, may file for bankruptcy as soon as this week.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the retail chain has plans to file for bankruptcy before its May rent payments are due and will probably close 100 of the 800 stores it currently claims. Earlier this year the company cut 13% of its corporate staff and was discontinued by the New York Stock Exchange because of its low stock price.
This comes two years after the company brought back Julian Geiger, the company's former CEO, and made various attempts to reinvent itself with collection designs collaborated with YouTube star Bethany Mota and various Vine stars.
Why We're Bummed Even Though We Don't Shop There Anymore
If the company does file for bankruptcy, it'll join the list of retailers like dELia*s, American Apparel, PacSun and Wet Seal. The 2000s are so over.
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