#BroadwayNotSoWhite: Find Out How the Tony Awards Made History

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 12:  Actress Cynthia Erivo accepts the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical in "The Color Purple" onstage during the 70th Annual Tony Awards at The Beacon Theatre on June 12, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)

#BroadwayNotSoWhite: Find Out How the Tony Awards Made History

Plus, watch Cynthia Erivo's moving acceptance speech.

Published June 13, 2016

Last night's Tony Awards were thrilling for a number of reasons: the passionate dedications to the victims of the Orlando massacre, Hamilton's thrilling sweep, and — the best one yet — the fact that the show made history as the first in which the winners of all four musical acting categories were people of color.

Take that, Oscars.

Leslie Odom Jr., Renée Elise Goldsberry and Daveed Diggs of Hamilton, and Cynthia Erivo of The Color Purple each scored wins at the 70th annual awards ceremony on Sunday night.

The display of inclusiveness in the audience, among the nominees and especially the winners caused host James Corden to joke, "This show is so diverse that Donald Trump threatened to build a wall around this theater."

While Lin-Manuel Miranda's impassioned speech is making its rounds around the internet, there was another star whose acceptance speech also touched our hearts: Broadway deb Cynthia Erivo. The Color Purple actress won Best Actress in a Musical for her first-ever performance on the Great White Way, and struggled to hold back tears despite vowing as she stepped up to the mic that she would cry.

After thanking Oprah, Alice Walker and the show's producers, she had this to say about her fellow cast mates: "To every single person in my cast, you are magnificent. Thank you so much for lifting me up when I'm tired, for holding my hand when I'm happy, for kissing me on my forehead when you know I just need some love."

Watch her beautiful speech, below:

Congratulations to all the winners!

And if you still haven't had enough of Hamilton, watch the cast cypher at the BET Hip Hop Awards, above.

Written by Evelyn Diaz

(Photo: Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)


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