Tony Awards Praise Theater And Remember Orlando Shooting Victims

Posted: Jun 13 2016, 11:44am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News


Tony Awards Praise Theater and Remember Orlando Shooting Victims
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  • 70th Tony Awards Praise Theatre and Remember Orlando Shooting Victims

The 70th Tony Awards celebrate the best in last year’s theater and dedicate the show to Orlando bar shooting victims.

It was the night of the people on stage. The 70th annual Tony Awards celebrated the actors, actresses, performers and every person related to the theater in the U.S. The evening was also dedicated to the victims of the Orlando bar shooting in which 50 people were killed and 53 were injured. The guests and the nominees for the night dazzled the red carpet. Many Hollywood stars were also in attendance. Many stars wore silver ribbons in commemoration of the Orlando shooting. 

The biggest nominee of the night, with 16 nominations, Hamilton musical cast opened the show in the signatory style. The rap was modified to introduce the host of the show, James Corden.

Known widely for his Late Late Night Show, Corden got into the musical action himself as the cast referred him to as the ‘chubby guy in Into the Woods who was a baker’. The host kicked off the night’s festivities by remembering the victims of the Orlando shooting.

He said that theater celebrated people from every color, caste, creed, sexuality and gender. He said that we cannot let hate win and their tragedy is our tragedy. On a lighter note, he also called the Tony Awards the diverse version of the Oscars. 

The biggest winner of the night was the Hamilton with 11 wins. Just one award less than the 12 award win by 2001 The Producer. Leslie Odom Jr., Daveed Diggs, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Lin Manuel Miranda were the prominent individual winners while the play also won the Best Musical award and also the Book of a Musical award. Lin Manuel Miranda paid homage to the Orlando victims in his own way that brought tears to the crowd’s eyes.

Among other winners of the night were Jessica Lange, Long Day's Journey Into Night for Lead actress in a play and Frank Langella, The Father for Lead Actor in a Play. Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge won the Revival of a Play Tony and The Human won the Tony for the Best Play. 

James Corden kept the night light with his own musical renditions of  "The Phantom of the Opera," "The Lion King," "Grease," "Cats," "Annie," "Fiddler on the Roof". The cast of "Shuffle Along" then took the stage to perform, with Audra McDonald leading the number "Broadway Blues" from the show. Later, the "School of Rock" cast took to the sidewalk to perform a cute and not very menacing rendition of "The Phantom of the Opera.

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