Broadway's biggest night ended in dramatic fashion when stage legend Barbra Streisand announced that "Hamilton" would indeed win the Tony Award for best musical. That made 11 wins for Lin-Manuel Miranda's groundbreaking production, just shy of the record of 12 Tonys won by "The Producers."
And on a night when so many were thinking of the victims of the biggest mass shooting in U.S. history, it’s fitting that Miranda’s “Hamilton” company sang the number “Yorktown (The World Turned Upside Down)” to introduce the musical.
First-time Tonys host James Corden began the night with a message for the Orlando victims: “Your tragedy is our tragedy. Theater is a place where every race, creed, sexuality, and gender is equal, embraced, and loved. Hate will never win.” A few notable and moving speeches paying tribute to the Orlando victims were given by Miranda, Jessica Lange, Frank Langella and others. Overall, though, the show largely stuck to its original script of laughs and plenty of music. Plus Andrew Lloyd Webber on tambourine.
Is anyone surprised that the New York theater community really, really hates Donald Trump? On Sunday, Broadway expressed its unfiltered contempt for the Republican presidential candidate no fewer than three times during the Tony Awards.
Host James Corden kicked off the evening with a jab at Trump on the subject of diversity and immigration. The comedian quipped that the Tonys are so diverse that Trump wants to build a wall around the theater.
The joke was a reference to Trump's assertions that he would like to see a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, paid for by Mexico.
Later in the evening, actor Nathan Lane took his own shot at Trump.
Winning an award means everything, said Lane. "It's the first lesson I learned at Trump University."
Near the end of the ceremony, actor Andrew Rannells appeared in Trump drag as a character from "The Book of Moron." (Not "Mormon.")
"Hello! My name is Donald Trump! And I would like to build a wall that goes straight through your house," he sang.
He was followed by Glenn Close impersonating Hillary Clinton in a send-up of "A Chorus Line."
In 1970, Trump made a bid at Broadway glory with the long-forgotten comedy "Paris Is Out!" The 23-year-old Trump was a producer on the play, which flopped and remains his sole Broadway credit to date.