Lin-Manuel Miranda Gives Powerful Tribute to Orlando Shooting Victims During Tony Award Speech

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Source: CBS/ Tony Award Productions

Source: CBS/ Tony Award Productions

While Sunday nighttime’s Tony Awards were a party for Broadway’s finest, many victor made sure to pay tribute to the Orlando shooting that had taken place only hours before.

After winning Best Original Score for Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda gave anything but the typical acceptance speech. In authentic Miranda way, he shared a sonnet he wrote respecting his wife and the casualties from the Orlando massacre.

I ’m not freestyling. I’m not too young,” Miranda said to start his address. “I wrote you a sonnet instead.”

Miranda started his sonnet by thanking his wife, describing her as “a perfect symphony of one,” leaving everyone in the crowd with tears in their own eyes.

Miranda subsequently continued by addressing the “senseless actions of disaster,” referring to the events from the Orlando shooting just previously in the day. 50 individuals were killed and 53 were injured in the attacks.

When senseless actions of tragedy reminds us “; that nothing here is guaranteed. Not ” Miranda recited.

Miranda stopped the sonnet by repeating the support of the LGBT community sharing, “love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love; cannot be killed or swept aside.”

The Hamilton star left the stage with tears in his eyes and a loud applause from the crowd.

Source: CBS/ Tony Award Productions

Source: CBS/ Tony Award Productions

Read the complete sonnet below:

“My wife’s the reason anything gets done

She nudges me towards assurance by degrees

She’s the ideal symphony of one

Our son is her most wonderful reprise

We pursue the tunes that appear to locate us

Until they’re completed tunes and begin to play

When senseless actions of tragedy remind us

That nothing here is assured, not one day

This show is evidence that history recalls

We live through times when hate and anxiety appear more powerful

We rise and fall and light from dying embers

Remembrances that trust and love last more

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”

Miranda and his Hamilton costars weren’t the only ones to honor the Orlando shooting casualties on Sunday night. Attendees from the occasion wore silver decorations to honor the casualties and performer Frank Langella spoke about the disaster during his address sharing, “We will be with you every step of the manner.”

James Corden shared his thoughts before the start of the show “Hate will never win. Collectively, we must make sure of that. A party of that principle and tonight’s show stands as a symbol.” See the complete comments below.

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