“And love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love cannot be killed or swept aside…”
-Linn Manuel Miranda (Creator and Lead Actor of “Hamilton”)
As last Sunday marked the 70th Annual Tony Awards, it was evident that the theme of the night was “Love”. This was fitting as the devastating Orlando Nightclub Massacre occurred just hours that morning before. In a time of such recent tragedy, the newest Broadway hit “Hamilton” not only took over the show with their great talent but their great lessons of resilience and compassion as well. As actors, directors, and producers accepted their Tony awards, it was clear that they owed their successes to “Love” in every sense of the word. In such a critical time for democracy, “Hamilton” and all of its contributors have taught us that we cannot lose sight of what is important; Love.
Lessons and Highlights of the Night
“When senseless acts of tragedy remind us that nothing here is promised, not one day. This show is proof that history remembers. We lived through times when hate and fear seemed stronger. We rise and fall and light from dying embers, remembrances that hope and love last longer.” -Linn Manuel Miranda (Creator and Lead Actor of “Hamilton”, Original Score Acceptance Speech)
“History has its eyes on you.” -Cast of “Hamilton” (History Has Its Eyes on You Performance)
“Look around. Look around. How lucky we are to be alive right now.” -Jeffrey Seller (Producer of “Hamilton”, Musical Acceptance Speech)
“There were a lot of question marks at the start of the production. And what cleared it away was love. I could hang this whole performance on love.” -Leslie Odom Jr. (Lead Actor in “Hamilton”, Lead Actor in a Musical Acceptance Speech)
“The world turned upside down.” -Cast of “Hamilton” (Yorktown Performance)
As we watch the recent tragic events in our society, “Hamilton” reminds us that our nation has lived through hard times before. Through love and the reaffirmation of our greatness, this is another barrier that we will overcome. Every obstacle we have encountered has made us stronger, and as we gain this strength, history is continuously being made. In a major time of reform and endless amounts of positive changes we are making and are going to make, we are lucky to be alive as both witnesses and contributors. Thank you to everyone who brought life to “Hamilton” for allowing us to relive the past in order to help us change our future. Our hearts and minds are with those who were affected by the previous events in Orlando. We stand with you and are thinking of you.