Tony Awards

11 Memorable Moments from the 2016 Tony Awards—in GIFs!

11 Memorable Moments from the 2016 Tony Awards—in GIFs!
See All Photos
Theo Wargo/Getty
Shop This Post

The Broadway community came out in solidarity Sunday night, celebrating the 70th annual Tony Awards amidst the tragic shooting massacre that rocked the nation less than a day earlier in Orlando, Fla. James Corden played an adept host considering the somber backdrop, noting from the start that the ceremony would be dedicated to the victims.

"People all around the world 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," he started.

"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."

Exclusive: 33 Portraits of the 2016 Tony Nominees and Past Winners—Plus Their First-Ever Broadway Memory

For the remainder of the evening, the audience was treated to an array of captivating performances, touching speeches, and laugh-out-loud moments. From Corden showing the audience his mettle, to cameos from some of the most biggest names in the business (Barbra Streisand, anyone?), and Hamilton's domination (it nabbed 11 of its 16 categories), the night was one to remember.

VIDEO: Stars Walk The Red Carpet at The Tonys

 

Scroll through for some of the most memorable highlights from the 2016 Tonys, which were marked by love, respect, diversity, and an appreciation for all.

James Corden's heartfelt start ...

... before showing off his range.

And when Oprah appreciates your performance, you know it's good.

As is when POTUS and FLOTUS introduce the performance for the hottest ticket in town, Hamilton.

Really, all of the impressive performances, including this one from Fiddler on the Roof.

Lin-Manuel Miranda breaks into an emotional sonnet during his Tonys acceptance speech for Best Original Score.

When renowned actor Frank Langella made a passionate speech while accepting his fourth Tony win (best leading actor in a play): "I urge you Orlando to be strong."

An unexpected look from host of Tonys' past, Neil Patrick Harris.

One word: Babs.

It was Hamilton's night to shine.

 
Back to Top