The impact of the tragedy at a gay club in Orlando is expected to weigh heavily on tonight’s Tony Awards ceremony.
Organizers of the 70th annual celebration released a statement in response to the fatal mass shooting in which 50 people were killed and 53 more wounded.
“Our hearts are heavy for the unimaginable tragedy that happened last night in Orlando,” Tony Awards Productions said in statement shared on Twitter. “Our thoughts are with the families and friends of those affected. The Tony Awards dedicates tonight’s ceremony to them.”
— The Tony Awards (@TheTonyAwards) June 12, 2016
The Broadway community has deep ties with that of the LGBT community with winners regularly thanking their same-sex spouses and reflecting on the greater acceptance and visibility the theater community gives.
Members of the theater community have taken to social media to voice their outrage and despair following the tragic events.
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) June 12, 2016
All the TONY celebrating aside: Paciencia y Fe, Orlando. #thinkingOfYou
— Karen Olivo (@Karenolivo) June 12, 2016
My heart breaks for the friends and families of the souls whose lives were taken by two… https://t.co/J1yTeslEDt
— Gloria Estefan (@GloriaEstefan) June 12, 2016
Tonight, every note I sing will be in remembrance of the lives taken in Orlando. ��
— Laura Benanti (@LauraBenanti) June 12, 2016
— Leslie Odom, Jr. (@leslieodomjr) June 12, 2016
Seeing the news this morning & my heart truly hurts. My thoughts and prayers are with all the victims families.. pic.twitter.com/phACO5YV4N
— Lea Michele (@msleamichele) June 12, 2016
Just hearing of the tragedy in Orlando...#PrayForOrlando
— Patina Miller (@patinamiller) June 12, 2016
WAKE UP AMERICA! WAKE UP! WAKE UP! WAKE UP! WAKE UP! WAKE UP! WAKE UP! OR WE ARE ALL GOING TO DIE IN OUR SLEEP! https://t.co/V8ndz0ry1L
— Audra McDonald (@AudraEqualityMc) June 12, 2016
— Cynthia Erivo (@CynthiaEriVo) June 12, 2016
— Jesse Tyler Ferguson (@jessetyler) June 12, 2016