Tony Awards: Lin-Manuel Miranda & Frank Langella Cite Orlando Tragedy In Speeches

Associated Press

Tonight’s Tony Awards were dedicated to the victims of the abhorrent mass murder in Orlando, and two of the night’s big winners addressed the incident in their acceptance speeches.

Hamilton creator-star Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote a sonnet that began as a tribute to his wife and evolved into an elegant message on the need for strength and the power of love. “Senseless acts of tragedy remind us that nothing here is promised — not one day,” he said. “Love is love; cannot be killed or swept aside.” Watch his full acceptance speech for Best Original Score award here, with the sonnet starting at the 1:49 mark:

Accepting his award for Best Leading Actor in a Play for The Father, Frank Langella said, “When something bad happens, we have three choices: We let it define us, we let it destroy us, or we let it strengthen us. … I urge you, Orlando, to be strong.” Here is his full speech; his comments about Orlando begin at the 2:17 mark:



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