UPDATE: Adds quote from Hamilton production and more information, below.
As the producers and creatives behind tonight’s live CBS telecast of the Tony Awards met to strategize how the program would approach the news of the mass murders in at an Orlando, FL nightclub, the team behind Hamilton, the favorite to sweep the musical theater awards, made an adjustment of its own.
“The muskets have been eliminated from tonight’s performance in light of today’s event in Orlando,” Sam Rudy, the show’s spokesman, told Deadline. The number planned for the telecast includes the Battle of Yorktown, a decisive event in the American Revolution. The action now will be largely pantomimed. The move comes as part of a wave of condolences and tributes to the victims of the massacre from the Broadway community, and follows the announcement earlier today that the Tony Awards ceremony will be dedicated to the victims of the attack.
“Our hearts are heavy for the unimaginable tragedy that happened last night in Orlando,” the Tony Awards producers said in a statement issued earlier today. “Our thoughts are with the families and friends of those affected. The Tony Awards dedicate tonight’s ceremony to them. ”
Hamilton is nominated for a record 16 Tony Awards, the most in Broadway history. The biggest-ever Tony winner was 2001’s The Producers, which took home 12 awards and was nominated 15 times.