The Show Must Go On: The 2016 Tonys Honor Orlando, Celebrate The Best In Theater

Art can entertain us and educate us, and in times like these, console us."

The Tony Awards usually opens with a showstopping musical number highlighting the best of Broadway from the past year, but this telecast couldn’t start without mentioning the senseless massacre of 50 people at a gay club in Orlando on Saturday night.

Host James Corden introduced the ceremony with a somber monologue about love and acceptance: “Your tragedy is our tragedy,” he said. “Theater is a place where every race, creed, sexuality, and gender is equal, embraced, and loved. Hate will never win.”

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It was a night of energetic and rousing numbers, but some of the most memorable moments came when the stars spoke about the day’s devastating events.

“When something bad happens we have three choices: we let it define us, we let it destroy us or we let it strengthen us,” said Best Actor winner Frank Langella in his acceptance speech for The Father.

“Today, in Orlando, we had a hideous dose of reality. And I urge you, Orlando, to be strong. Because I’m standing in a room of the most generous human beings on Earth and we will be with you every step of the way.”

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Jessica Lange won Best Lead Actress in a Play for Long Day’s Journey Into Night and during her speech commented on the mass shooting in Florida: “This is a dream come true. It fills me with such happiness even on such a sad day as this.”

Hamilton writer and star, Lin-Manuel Miranda also had a moving speech about love and acceptance-which he delivered as a sonnet-when he won Best Score.
 

 
Unsurprisingly, Hamilton walked away the night’s big winner with 11 Tonys, but it failed to beat the record held by The Producers, which won 12 awards at the 2001 Tonys.

Barbra Streisand made her first appearance at the Tonys since 1970 to announce the category, telling the audience they were making her “verklempt.”

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 12:  Singer Barbra Streisand speaks onstage during the 70th Annual Tony Awards at The Beacon Theatre on June 12, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
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“Tonight our joy is tinged with sorrow, but we’re here to celebrate Broadway and the beauty that artistry can bring into this world,” said the EGOT winner.

“The artists that write the plays, the composers and the lyricists who write the songs, and the actors who bring them to life. Art can entertain us and educate us, and in times like these, console us.”

Below, a complete list of winners from The 2016 Tony Awards.

Best Musical: “Hamilton”

Best Play: “The Humans”

Best Book of a Musical: Lin-Manuel Miranda, “Hamilton”

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theater: “Hamilton”

Best Revival of a Play: “Arthur Miller’s A View From the Bridge”

Best Revival of a Musical: “The Color Purple”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play: Frank Langella, “The Father”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play: Jessica Lange, “Long Day’s Journey Into Night”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical: Leslie Odom Jr., “Hamilton”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical: Cynthia Erivo, “The Color Purple”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play: Reed Birney, “The Humans”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play: Jayne Houdyshell, “The Humans”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical: Daveed Diggs, “Hamilton”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical: Renee Elise Goldsberry, “Hamilton”

Best Scenic Design of a Play: David Zinn, “The Humans”

Best Scenic Design of a Musical: David Rockwell, “She Loves Me”

Best Costume Design of a Play: Clint Ramos, “Eclipsed”

Best Costume Design of a Musical: Paul Tazewell, “Hamilton”

Best Lighting Design of a Play: Natasha Katz, “Long Day’s Journey Into Night”

Best Lighting Design of a Musical: Howell Binkley, “Hamilton”

Best Direction of a Play: Ivo Van Hove, “Arthur Miller’s A View From the Bridge”

Best Direction of a Musical: Thomas Kail, “Hamilton”

Best Choreography: Andy Blankenbuehler, “Hamilton”

Best Orchestrations: Alex Lacamoire, “Hamilton”

Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in Theatre: Sheldon Harnick, Marshall W. Mason

Special Tony Award: National Endowment for the Arts, Miles Wilkin

Regional Theatre Tony Award: Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn, NJ

Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award: Brian Stokes Mitchell

Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre: Seth Gelblum, Joan Lader, Sally Ann Parson

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