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