Hamilton Cast Eliminating Guns from Tony Awards Performance in Wake of Orlando Mass Shooting

When the Hamilton cast takes the stage at tonight’s Tony Awards, one thing will be conspicuously missing: guns.

In the wake of Sunday’s mass shooting at a gay club in Orlando that left at least 50 people dead, the cast of Hamilton have opted not to wield prop firearms during their performance, per New York Times theater reporter Michael Paulson.

As previously reported, Lin-Manuel Miranda will be joined on stage by the cast of his Tony nominated historical musical, including fellow nominees Phillipa Soo, Leslie Odom Jr., Renée Elise Goldsberry, Christopher Jackson and Daveed Diggs.

The Sunday-morning attack — which ranks as the worst mass shooting in U.S. history — took place at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando. The suspected gunmen has been identified as Omar Saddiqui Mateen, 29, of Fort Pierce, Fla. “In the face of hate and violence, we will love one another,” President Obama said in an address to the nation Sunday afternoon.  “We will not give in to fear or turn against each other. Instead, we will stand united as Americans to protect our people and defend our nation, and to take action against those who threaten us.”

Tony organizers released a statement announcing that tonight’s ceremony (8/7c, CBS) would be dedicated to “the families and friends of those affected” by the tragedy.

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24 Comments
  1. lrdslvrhnd says:

    I find this kind of ridiculous. Cast members of a show about the Revolutionary War performing songs from it without muskets? Yeah, that’s taking things too farm. I understand they’re trying to be empathetic and all that, but this isn’t the way, IMHO.

    • Annie says:

      Why ever not? It’s what they CAN do. In the wake of 50 lives lost, I find it time deaf at a minimum – callous and heartless, really – to proclaim sensitivity to be “taking things too far.”

      • lrdslvrhnd says:

        Sensitivity is one thing. Cutting the numbers entirely, or some of them? Sure, I’d go along with that. But taking guns out of performances from a musical about war? That’s ridiculous. (And yes, I realize the whole thing probably isn’t about war. But I’d bet that the numbers that include the muskets *are*).
        .
        This isn’t sensitivity, this is OVERsensitivity.

        • Simon Jester says:

          Errr… it’s not a documentary. You know how you can tell? They’ll be singing. I don’t think you really need to worry about the absence of muskets *ripping* you out of the realism of the moment.

          And you’re wrong: It’s just sensitivity.

          • Annie Sisk says:

            Exactly. It always amuses me how when the world moves towards kindness, people protest. Protesting *kindness.* Protesting *sensitivity.* Let that sink in a minute. I mean … what?

    • A fan of TV says:

      You pretend as though a musket is a necessary prop for a performance of a song not strictly about muskets in your indignation, for the record.

    • Wordsmith says:

      They’re not dropping the muskets from the actual Broadway show, just from the ONE number they’re probably going to perform at the Tonys. It’s a gesture of support during a trying time, not a long-term artistic decision.

  2. David4 says:

    This is insanely ridiculous. Let’s removes guns from plays and offer ‘prayers’ instead of actually doing something meaningful like banning large cartridges and universal background checks that the vast majority of the country supports.

    But if the slater of 20 children and 6 adults didn’t change anything than the slaughter of 50 gay people won’t either. I’m sure some Christian nutmegs are happy this has happened, they want to kill all the gays anyways.

    • Simon Jester says:

      I’m sure the cast members of Hamilton would be happy to do something more meaningful, if it were in their power. So instead, they’re doing what they CAN… which is to show a little empathy for the victims and their families.

    • David H says:

      A Muslim terrorists shoots 50 people, and your response is to attack Christians. Does that make you happy?

    • Guest says:

      If Christians want to kill all the guys, why don’t they?

  3. PuzzledByLabels says:

    I don’t understand why this shooting isn’t being classified as a terrorist attack.

  4. 50 people are dead, I’m not going to complain about a musical prop.

  5. TV Gord says:

    I don’t envy James Corden and everyone involved with the Tonys having to put on an awards show on this dark day, but I’m glad that they are and I have faith they’ll strike the right tone.

    After this day, an evening away from real-life tragedy will be appreciated.

  6. Hellas13 says:

    And that will make it all better. What a ridiculous decision.

  7. jc says:

    will they ban muslims from the audience,its easy to blame the guns,how about blaming the quran,,its the animal that pull the trigger that’s the problem,what if he d a bomb and killed 300
    what then would we ban…