Tony Awards 2016: Host James Corden Gets Serious, Addresses Tribute to Victims of Orlando Shooting ‘Hate Will Never Win’

The Tony Awards is set for today. But, the entire show has been faced with a very tragic news of the Orlando shooting.

With about 50 reported deaths and 53 injured civilians, the organizers of the Tony Awards 2016 decided to dedicate the entire show for the victims of the attack.

As the host of the show, James Corden opened up the show with a serious message telling the victims that they are not alone.

“On behalf of the whole theater community and every person in this room, our hearts go out to all of those affected by this atrocity. All we can say is you are not on your own right now. Your tragedy is our tragedy.”

Corden wanted to emphasize the inclusion of the LGBT community in theater.

“Theater is a place where every race, creed, sexuality and gender is equal, is embraced and is loved.

“Hate will never win.

“Together, we have to make sure of that. Tonight’s show stands as a symbol and a celebration of that principle.”

Aside from James Corden’s heartwarming speech, Tony Awards organizers have already arranged the tribute for the victims. They even asked the attendees to wear a white ribbon in remembrance for Orlando.

“The Theatre community stands in solidarity,” Tony Awards wrote in one of their Instagram posts.

The Show Must Go On

Tony Awards is still a show. Therefore, just like any other stage plays, “the show must go on.”

The casts of Hamilton, the top show for the 2016 Tony Awards night has been live on Facebook showing how they are preparing for the show. They even had a very short Facebook Live session where they welcomed fans to ask them anything.

It was also featured how the entire cast prepared for their big entrance. The energy and the vibe of the entire crew has been amazing.

The Tony Awards 2016 can be viewed on for a limited time and it can be purchased in iTunes. Previous Tony Awards shows are already available for download.

Here is the complete list of winners for Tony Awards 2016:

· Best Lead Actor in a Play: Frank Langella, “The Father”

· Best Lead Actress in a Play: Jessica Lange, “Long Day’s Journey Into Night”

· Best Featured Actress in a Play: Jayne Houdyshell, “The Humans”

· Best Featured Actress in a Musical: Renee Elise Goldsberry, “Hamilton”

· Best Featured Actor in a Musical: Daveed Diggs, “Hamilton”

· Best Featured Actor in a Play: Reed Birney, “The Humans”

· Best Original Score: “Hamilton,” Lin-Manuel Miranda

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

· 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 Orchestrations: Alex Lacamoire, “Hamilton”

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

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

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

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

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

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

· Best Choreography: Andy Blankenbuehler, “Hamilton”

All-in-all, Hamilton is the big winner of the night. Best Actor winner Lin-Manuel Miranda also sent out his regards to those who were victimized during the Orlando attack.

“When senseless acts of tragedy remind us that nothing here is promised, not one day, the show is proof that history remembers we lived through times that hate and fear seem stronger. We rise and fall and light from dying embers, remembrances that hope and love last longer and love is love is love is love is love is cannot be killed or swept aside.”

As he accepted a hug from Carole King, the veteran Broadway actor left everyone with one final message: “Now, fill the world with music, love and pride.”

[Photo by David Becker/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive]

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