June 13, 2016


Lin-Manuel Miranda References Orlando In 'Love is Love' Tonys Speech

Even if musicals and Broadway aren't your thing, you're probably familiar with the GRAMMYs of theater, the Tonys. You're probably also familiar with the stellar production of Hamilton and its star Lin-Manuel Miranda, who've managed to make this particular play the cultural event of the year. Last night at the 2016 iteration of the awards show (when Miranda and crew weren't cleaning house with a whooping 11 honors) Miranda took the time to present a speech that we won't soon forget.

He stood on that stage and began with, "I’m not freestyling, I’m too old. I wrote you a sonnet instead."

He then went on to read a beautiful speech dedicated to his wife, later, and in perfect iambic pentameter, declaring "The show is proof that history remembers. We live in times when hate and fear seem stronger. We rise and fall in light from dying embers, remembrances that hope and love last longer." 

He cheered "love is love is love is love is love," giving crucial nod to those who lost their lives in Orlando on Saturday. 

Watch his moving speech above. Then check out Miranda's performance alongside the rest of the Hamilton crew from the evening below. It's "Yorktown (The World Turned Upside Down)," and it's worth your time.