The Tony Awards is the biggest celebration of Broadway and stage stars. The awards ceremony was hosted by James Corden, who opened the show with a touching tribute to the men and women who lost their lives in the Orlando nightclub shooting. Lin-Manuel Miranda also offered a touching poetic tribute to the victims when he accepted the Tony for Best Score of a Musical. Hamilton, which is now worth almost $1 billion, also won for Best Musical, which wasn’t a surprise to most theater enthusiasts.
The cast of Hamilton poked fun at Corden during a comical musical number, and Corden also performed an opening number that was a tribute to several Broadway hits. Other memorable performances included a musical number by the young cast of School of Rock, as well as a performance by the cast of On Your Feet. Gloria Estefan even joined the cast to sing a medley of her greatest hits over the years. Actor and banjo player Steve Martin played a tune at the Grammys as well, then introduced the cast of the play Bright Star.
The Humans took home the Tony for Best Play. Jayne Houdyshell, who has been working on the New York stage for more than four decades, also took home her very first Tony for her role in the play.
The cast of Hamilton closed out the night with a huge musical tribute to the city of New York.