Celebs Wear Special Ribbon to 2016 Tony Awards to Honor Victims of Orlando Mass Shooting
By Elisa Osegueda
Amid the national outcry about this morning's attack in Orlando, Florida, the Tony Awards created a silver ribbon for presenters, nominees, and guests to wear in honor of the victims and their families.
"The theatre community stands in solidarity," the Tony Awards' official Twitter account posted Sunday afternoon, alongside a photo of the ribbon.
American Theater Wing chair and six time Tony Award-winning costume designer William Ivey Long designed the special ribbons.
"We wanted to open our arms and show love, that we understand. It’s a sense of camaraderie and family. We made them in the basement and we’re still making them. Our goal is [to produce] 3,000," Long told Page Six.
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Megan Hilty, Laurie Metcalf and Andrew Rannells were among the celebs who wore the silver ribbon on the red carpet.
"It's the worst shooting tragedy in our nation's history," said Miranda to ET. "And that it happened to our community, the community that makes up Broadway. It feels more important than ever to celebrate new music. If art is what fights tragedy, if art is what fights the void, if art is what helps us make sense of violence and random acts of cowardice and killing then tonight's important, it's important for us to celebrate those things."
Earlier in the day, Tony Awards organizers announced that the show would be dedicated to the victims.
"Our hearts are heavy for the unimaginable tragedy that happened last night in Orlando," read a statement posted to the Tony Awards' official Twitter account. "Our thoughts are with the families and friends of those affected. The Tony Awards dedicate tonight's ceremony to them."
In light of the news, the Hamilton musical cast adjusted their scheduled performance to not include the Revolutionary War-era muskets.
President Barack Obama addressed the nation on Sunday, following the shooting at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida that left 50 dead and more than 50 injured.
"This is an especially heartbreaking day for all our friends – our fellow Americans – who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender," Obama said in his remarks. "The shooter targeted a nightclub where people came together to be with friends, to dance and to sing, and to live. The place where they were attacked is more than a nightclub – it is a place of solidarity and empowerment where people have come together to raise awareness, to speak their minds, and to advocate for their civil rights."
The 2016 Tony Awards will air Sunday on CBS, beginning at 8 p.m. ET.