Meet the Top Nominees for the 2016 Tony Awards

LAURA BENANTI
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Unlike high-wattage awards shows like the Oscars or Grammys, the Tony Awards often don't get the same amount of media attention in the grand scheme of celebrated entertainment. But thanks to a strong presence of beloved A-listers like Lupita Nyong’o taking up shelter on Broadway this year, closer attention has been paid to not just the actors and actresses that star in fan favorite plays and musicals, but also the hard work of costume designers, lighting technicians, choreographers, musicians, and directors.

On Wednesday in New York, the nominees for the 2016 Tony Awards stepped onto the red carpet and together managed to wow. InStyle cover girl Nyong’o, who’s nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play for Eclipsed, took cues from spring's warmer temps and rocked a bright orange lace dress, while Michelle Williams, a fellow nominee, opted for a black mini-dress with long sleeves.

Lin-Manuel Miranda (below), creator and star of Hamilton, which scored a coveted 16 nominations, also struck a dapper figure in a navy suit with purple detailing.

See more of the 2016 Tony Awards nominees below—and click here to see the full list.

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DANNY BURSTEIN

DANNY BURSTEIN
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Burstein is nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for Fiddler on the Roof.

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LESLIE ODOM JR.

LESLIE ODOM JR.
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Odom Jr. is nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for Hamilton.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda

Lin-Manuel Miranda
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Miranda is nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for Hamilton.

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ALEX BRIGHTMAN

ALEX BRIGHTMAN
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Brightman is nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for School of Rock—The Musical.

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ZACHARY LEVI

ZACHARY LEVI
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Levi is nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for She Loves Me.

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Lupita Nyong'o

Lupita Nyong'o, Eclipsed 
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Nyong'o is nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play for Eclipsed.

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LAURIE METCALF

LAURIE METCALF, MISERY
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Metcalf is nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play for Misery.

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JESSICA LANGE

JESSICA LANGE, LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT
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Lange is nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play for Long Day's Journey Into Night.

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SOPHIE OKONEDO

SOPHIE OKONEDO, ARTHUR MILLER'S THE CRUCIBLE 
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Okonedo is nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play for Arthur Miller's The Crucible.

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MICHELLE WILLIAMS

MICHELLE WILLIAMS, BLACKBIRD
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Williams is nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play for Blackbird.

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Tim Pigott-Smith

Tim Pigott-Smith
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Pigott-Smith is nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play for King Charles III.

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JEFF DANIELS

JEFF DANIELS
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Daniels is nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play for Blackbird.

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GABRIEL BYRNE

GABRIEL BYRNE
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Byrne is nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play for Long Day's Journey Into Night.

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FRANK LANGELLA

FRANK LANGELLA
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Langella is nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play for The Father.

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MARK STRONG

MARK STRONG
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Strong is nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play for Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge.

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CYNTHIA ERIVO

CYNTHIA ERIVO
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Erivo is nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical for The Color Purple.

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CARMEN CUSACK

CARMEN CUSACK
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Cusack is nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical for Bright Star.

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Phillipa Soo

Phillipa Soo
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Soo is nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical for Hamilton.

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Jessie Mueller

Jessie Mueller
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Mueller is nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical for Waitress.

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LAURA BENANTI

LAURA BENANTI
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Benanti is nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical for She Loves Me.

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