Daniel J. Watts, who stars in the Broadway hit “Hamilton” paid tribute to the victims of the June 12 mass shooting in Orlando with a performance that includes spoken word, music and dance.
The performance took place on July 31 at the Marlin Room in New York’s Webster Hall as part of “The Jam: Love Terrorists.” Several styles of music were represented, including gospel, jazz and salsa, along with Watts’ spoken word pieces. The event was meant to be a “call to arms” that charged people to “terrorize” the nation with love and support.
Watts is 34 and a native of North Carolina. He stated that The Jam was an opportunity to address the Orlando tragedy in a more personable way. Cast members from the Broadway plays “On Your Feet” and “Shuffle Along” also performed.
Watts also shared that hate and fear are the common enemies that all of humanity shares. He asserts that The Jam and other events should help human beings to hold one another accountable for not showing enough love and compassion toward one another. Daniel J. Watts has also expressed his deepest sympathies to the families of Alton Sterling and Philando Castille, two African American men who were killed by police recently.
Proceeds from The Jam: Love Terrorists will be donated to the advocacy groups Equality Florida and the GLBT Community Center of Florida.