The nation was shaken to its core when a gunman went into Pulse nightclub in Orlando early Sunday morning, killing at least 50 people and injuring 53.
The Tony Awards went on as planned, but prior to his opening number, host James Corden delivered a powerful tribute to the victims of the Orlando shooting:
The theater community is one of talent, creativity, tolerance, passion and love, and on days like today, that message is welcomed with open arms.
"Hamilton" creator and star, Lin-Manuel Miranda, echoed this message of love and tolerance with a powerful sonnet he wrote in lieu of a traditional acceptance speech. He said:
He closed out his sonnet in tears, saying:
When life gets hard, many turn to theater for comfort. Tonight we all do the same. Our hearts are with the families and friends of all those who were lost in last night's unspeakable tragedy.