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.
— Michael Paulson (@MichaelPaulson) June 12, 2016
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.