Lin-Manuel Miranda of 'Hamilton' reads moving sonnet at Tonys

Before the Tonys, the show's organizers released a statement saying, "Our hearts are heavy for the unimaginable tragedy that happened last night in Orlando".

Standing alone under a sombre light with the audience in the background, Corden addressed the viewers at home and spoke on behalf of the entire theater community. Together we have to make sure of that. "Think of tonight as the Oscars, but with diversity", host James Corden had said at the beginning of the show.

As for the winners, Hamilton took 11 awards, including Best Musical.

Renee Elise Goldsberry, who plays Angelica Schuyler, won for featured actress in a musical while Daveed Diggs, who plays both Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson, took the Tony for best featured actor in a musical. Host James Corden, left, and actor Jeff Daniels sing "The Sound of Music" together at the Tony Awards at the Beacon Theatre on Sunday, June 12, 2016, in NY.

Perhaps the most emotional tribute came from Lin-Manuel Miranda, composer and writer of Broadway's smash-hit musical, Hamilton. As sacred as a symphony Eliza tells her story.

James Corden had a very hard job to do last night at the 2016 Tony Awards.

In her memorable acceptance speech, Cynthia who promised not to cry, held up her award and said, "Hi Mommy, look", before thanking all of the women, and a few men, who made her triumphant Broadway debut possible.

"I found some words that will mean more to you than a list of names", Langella said. The show was also named best play revival.

Want more stuff like this? There was also a joke about Trump starring in "The Book of Moron". Glenn Close played presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in a Chorus Line parody titled "A Clinton Line".

Tony producers will hope its presence on the telecast will stem a three-year slide in viewership. In 2014, it reached 7.02 million and captured 7.24 million in 2013.



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