The 2016 Tonys' Tribute To Orlando Victims Started The Show In A Touching Way — VIDEO
As the world mourns for the victims of this weekend's mass shooting in Orlando, Sunday's Tony Awards were able to step in and offer some much-needed support and love to those affected and the LGBT community. Anyone involved in theater should understand the power and importance of a safe space. That's why it was so fitting that at the very beginning of the ceremony, the Tony Awards paid tribute to the Orlando shooting victims with a statement from host James Corden. Attendees were also handed silver ribbons designed by Tony winner William Ivey Long to wear and show their support for those affected by the tragic events.
"Good evening. All around the world, people are trying to come to terms with the horrific events that took place in Orlando this morning. On behalf of the whole theater community and every person in this room, our hearts go out to all of those affected by this atrocity."
Corden's opening number was all about kids watching at home and dreaming about being a part of the theater community. It was especially poignant in light of this weekend's events.
All we can say is you are not on your own right now. Your tragedy is our tragedy. Theater 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 principle. This is the Tony Awards.
It was a perfect, respectful way to open the Tony Awards.