Like the rest of the world, the stars attending the Tony Awards were visibly shaken and devastated following the absolutely horrific massacre in a Florida nightclub.
James Corden opened the awards with an emotional speech paying tribute to the victims of the massacre, which is the deadliest mass shooting in US history.
“All around the world people are trying to come to terms with the horrific event that took place in Orlando this morning,” he began.
“On behalf of the whole theatre 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.
Theatre 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 principal.”
Unity was on the minds of those collecting the gongs too with Lin-Manuel Miranda giving perhaps the most poignant speech of the night.
The 'Hamilton' playwright tearfully accepted the accepted the Tony Award for best original score with a sonnet:
My wife’s the reason anything gets done
She nudges me towards promise by degrees
She is a perfect symphony of one,
Our son is her most beautiful reprise
We chase the melodies that seem to find us
Until they’re finished songs and start to play
When senseless acts of tragedy remind us
That nothing here is promised, not one day
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 long
And love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love
Cannot be killed or swept aside,
I sing Vanessa’s symphony, Eliza tells her story
Now fill the world with music love and pride
Powerful stuff in the face of such senseless evil.