The 70th annual American Theatre Wing's Tony Awards show aired on CBS on June 12th and it was certainly a memorable night. Hosted by the Late Late Show host and Broadway veteran James Corden, it was a night dominated by the hit musical Hamilton and perseverance in the face of the tragedy in Orlando. Here are some of the highlights from Broadway's finest night:
1. James Corden's opening number
Who doesn't love a good melody? Corden explained how his love of theatre began at an early age, and paid tribute to the shows that inspired him. And who didn't love the parody of the opening number of Hamilton?
2. Lin-Manuel Miranda's sonnet speech
Sometime acceptance speeches are long ramblings of everyone special in the winner's life. Not Lin-Manuel Miranda's acceptance for best score for his hit Hamilton. It was both a love poem to his wife, Vanessa, as well as an elegy for those who lost their lives in the tragic mass shooting in Orlando. "When senseless acts of tragedy remind us/That nothing here is promised, not one day/This show is proof that history remembers," he said through tears.
3. Everyone's been on Law & Order, apparently
This joke is just too good. Basically, if you're an actor in New York, you've been on an episode (or two, or three, or four...) of Law & Order.
4. Hamilton cleans up with 11 awards
With a record-breaking 16 nominations, it was certainly a big night for the hit musical. With 11 wins, the show did not break the record for most wins, just falling shy of The Producers' 12 wins.
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