The 70th Tony Awards was held Sunday night, and while it was a time of celebration for theater arts, it was also a stage for theater’s greatest stars to share a message of support for those affected by tragic shootings in Orlando, Fla.
Host James Corden delivered an emotional cold open, saying, “Theater is a place where every race, creed, sexuality, and gender is equal, is embraced, and is loved. Hate will never win. Together we have to make sure of that. Tonight’s show stands as a symbol and a celebration of that principle.”
In a show of support for the victims and their families, Lin-Manuel Miranda had the cast of Hamilton performed the show’s musical number without the muskets they usually carry on stage. Miranda also shared an inspirational sonnet during his acceptance speech for best score, saying, “When senseless acts of tragedy remind us that nothing dear is promised, not one day. The 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 lasts longer. And love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love cannot be killed or swept aside.”
Barbra Streisand and Tony winner Frank Langella also voiced their support for Orlando, and vowed that the theater community will help in the trying times ahead.
See a recap of how Hamilton dominated the awards show: