“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. 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!”
Theater buffs across the world stayed up past their bedtimes last night as the 70th Tony Awards delivered emotional tributes to the shooting victims in Orlando and show-stopping performances by nominated casts, like Hamilton who had a record 16 nominations and narrowly missed the record 12 wins that The Producers garnered in 2001. Here, our favorite moments from the memorable night:
1. James Corden's Heartfelt Address to Orlando
As the world grieved the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history this weekend, Corden pushed theatrics aside and opened the Tony Awards by addressing the camera:
2. Jane Krakowski's Split from Her She Loves Me Performance!
As the cast from the beloved musical revival She Loves Me took the stage, Laura Benanti sang "Vanilla Ice Cream" followed by Zachary Levi as he belted the title song "She Loves Me." But when Jane Krakowski jumped into a full split while singing "Ilona" then pulled across the stage in said split by Levi, applause erupted throughout the theater.
3. The Cast of Hamilton Performing Hamilton
Introduced by the President and First Lady, the most anticipated performance of the evening did not disappoint as the Hamilton cast performed "History Has Its Eyes on You" and "Yorktown (World Turned Upside Down)." To no one's surprise, Hamilton won 11 Tony Awards that evening, including Best Musical.
4. Carpool Karaoke with Lin-Manuel Miranda, Audra McDonald, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Jane Krakowski
Talk about an all-star commute! As part of The Late Late Show with James Corden's widely popular segment "Carpool Karaoke," the Tony Award host hit all the high notes from Hamilton, Les Misérables and other Broadway classics alongside his pitch-perfect riders.
5. Barbra Streisand Returns to the Tony Awards after a 46-Year Hiatus
All rise for Broadway's reigning leading lady! Barbra Streisand received a standing ovation as she walked onto the stage to announce Best Musical winner Hamilton. (She didn't even read the card!) However, her outfit hinted that she had a sneaking suspicion of who the Tony was destined for...