Theater & dance

Hours after Orlando massacre, ‘Hamilton’ creator read moving sonnet at Tonys

Lin-Manuel Miranda, the star and creator of ‘‘Hamilton,’’ won for best score and book at the Tony Awards.

One of the most moving moments of the night came as he read a sonnet onstage, referencing tragedy and stating ‘‘love is love is love...’’

Miranda’s sonnet came on the same day that a gunman opened fire in a crowded gay nightclub in Orlando, leaving 50 dead and 53 wounded.


The awards show unspooled with a heavy heart a night after a gunman killed 50 people at a gay Florida nightclub, prompting a Broadway tribute to the victims at the top of the show and references to tolerance throughout it.

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Host James Corden, his back to the audience, spoke to viewers when he dedicated the night to celebrating the diversity of Broadway. ‘‘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,’’ he said.

“Hamilton,” the hip-hop stage biography of Alexander Hamilton, was, as expected, vacuuming up Tony Awards on the telecast on Sunday, but it will not break the record for the most Tonys.

‘‘Hamilton’’ went into the night with 16 nominations and with an hour to go had won nine — best score, best book, direction, orchestration, choreography and best featured actor and actress statuettes for Renee Elise Goldsberry and Daveed Diggs.

It earlier won awards for costume and lighting but lost scenic design to ‘‘She Loves Me,’’ meaning ‘‘Hamilton’’ will not be able to break the 12-statuette record haul by ‘‘The Producers.’’

Correction: An earlier version of this story misquoted Miranda’s sonnet. He said “love is love is love...”