2016 Tonys Honor Orlando Shooting Victims
The 2016 Tony Awards aired Sunday night on CBS and while it was a celebration of the best Broadway had to offer, the tragedy of the shooting in Orlando, FL which claimed 50 people weighed heavily on everyone's minds.
Host James Corden began by paying tribute to the victims. "People all around the world are trying to come to terms with the horrific events that took place in Orlando this morning," he said. "On behalf of the whole theater community and every person in this room, our hearts go out to all of those affected by this atrocity. All we can say is you are not on your own right now. Your tragedy is our tragedy."
Hamilton was the big winner with 11 awards, and the show's star, Lin-Manuel Mirada, fought back tears during his acceptance speech as he read a sonnet dedicated to the victims.
"My wife's the reason anything gets done
She nudges me towards promise by degrees
She is a perfect symphony of one
Our son is her most beautiful reprise
We chase the melodies that seem to find us
Until they're finished songs and start to play
When senseless acts of tragedy remind us
That nothing here is promised, not one day
This show is proof that history remembers
We live through times when hate and fear seem stronger
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
I sing Vanessa's symphony, Eliza tells her story
Now fill the world with music, love and pride"