The Tony Awards, a show normally marked by liveliness and whimsy, is starting its 70th run Sunday evening on a heavy note. Organizers of the show released a statement after Saturday night’s deadly shooting in a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., which claimed at least 50 lives and injured at least 53 more.
"Our hearts are heavy for the unimaginable tragedy that happened last night in Orlando," said the statement. "Our thoughts are with the families and friends of those affected. The Tony Awards dedicate tonight's ceremony to them."
Stars of the Great White Way, including Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda, took to social media to share their condolences and offer up a ray of hope.
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
When will the violence end? #PrayingForOrlando— Kristin Chenoweth (@KChenoweth) June 12, 2016
Tonight, every note I sing will be in remembrance of the lives taken in Orlando. 💔— Laura Benanti (@LauraBenanti) June 12, 2016
In addition to showing its support, the show will incorporate tributes to the victims of the massacre, according to CNN. When the cast of Hamilton takes the stage to perform, their usual prop muskets will be set aside.
The Tonys, which will be hosted by late night host and Tony winner James Corden, are airing live on CBS starting at 8 p.m. ET from New York’s Beacon Theatre.