UPDATE with quote from William Ivey Long, below.
Film and theater costume designer William Ivey Long, a multiple Tony Award winner and chairman of Tony co-presenter the American Theatre Wing, designed a ribbon that was quickly mass produced and distributed to 1,000 people attending tonight’s Tony Awards. The ribbon is meant to honor the 50 dead and 53 wounded at last night’s attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando, FL, as well as their families. Earlier today, the producers of the CBS telecast announced that the awards program would be dedicated to the victims and their families.
On the red carpet as the audience began filling the Beacon, Ivey Long told Deadline that is team spent the day in the Beacon theater basement creating the silver ribbon. The color is for the Tonys,, he said, the symbol of the intertwined is for the thought of embracing all people. “We wanted to make a gesture that we are all united. So much in the theater deals with stories about tragic circumstances and also how society triumphs,” he said, and at a time like this when there’s a tragedy “this is just a symbol of opening our hearts to real tragedy.”