Watch Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Moving Tonys Acceptance Speech Honoring Orlando Victims
Last night saw Broadway phenomenon Hamilton win a whopping 11 of the 16 Tony Awards it was nominated for. Though while the production set a record for the most nominations in Tony history, The Producers still holds the record for most awards won (with 12).
Still, Hamilton creator, composer and star Lin-Manuel Miranda made it an unforgettable night with his tactful acceptance speech when taking the stage at New York’s Beacon Theatre after winning Best Original Score. The 36 year old bucked his own tradition of rapping into the mic by instead offering up a sonnet, which served as both a thank you to his wife and a tribute to the shooting victims in Orlando.
“This show is proof that history remembers we live through times when hate and fear seem stronger / we rise and fall and light from dying embers, remembrances that hope and love lasts longer,” Manuel recited, while becoming visibly emotional.