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Hamilton's Lin-Manuel Miranda Breaks Down Delivering Powerful Sonnet About Orlando Shooting While Accepting The 2016 Tony Award For Best Original Score

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This was a truly emotional moment.

On Sunday, Lin-Manuel Miranda received the Tony Award for Best Original Score for his hit musical, Hamilton. But when he took the stage to give his acceptance speech, he delivered a powerful sonnet about the terrible tragedy that has rocked Orlando.

Admitting that he was "too old" to do another freestyle, the Broadway star instead delivered a tear-filled sonnet, in which he expressed his grief and sadness over the senseless shooting at PULSE nightclub that killed at least 50 people and injured over 50 more.

The In The Heights songsmith choked up honoring the victims of the horrific attack on the LGBT community, passionately repeating:

"Love is love."

Watch his incredibly moving speech (above).

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James Corden Delivers A Touching Tribute To The Orlando Shooting Victims During The 2016 Tony Awards Opening

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Sunday has been a particularly tough day, in light of the terrible tragedy in Orlando.

In New York City, James Corden opened the 2016 Tony Awards by taking a moment to honor the victims of the horrific nightclub shooting that claimed the lives of at least 50 people and injured dozens more.

Addressing the audience in a solemn speech, the Late Late Show host explained that the night's ceremony is dedicated to everyone affected by the horrible massacre, saying:

"Your tragedy is our tragedy."

He continued to encourage everyone watching to band together against the hatred that still exists against the LGBT community, adding:

"Hate will never win. Together we have to make sure of that."

The English actor donned a white ribbon on the lapel of his suit jacket, which the show created in remembrance of those who were senselessly killed in the truly awful act of violence.

But after that moving moment, the comedian worked to lighten the mood by putting on a funny opening montage.

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Tony Awards 2016: All The BOLD Red Carpet Fashion

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It's Hollywood meets Broadway, baby!

We love the Tony Awards because the red carpet always seems so much more elegant (or daring, if you're Cate Blanchett)!

Lupita Nyong'o is already a fave for best dressed, and Sara Bareilles' hair is cultivating MAJOR envy, but they're not the only ones you gotta check out…

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Harry Potter And The Cursed Child Already Has A Casting Change! Find Out Why The Stage Play Will No Longer Be Using Real Owls!

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Looks like Hedwig will no longer need to break a wing!

Earlier this week, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child started its previews at the Palace Theatre in London, and audiences couldn't get enough of the magical 2-part stage play!

But despite rave reviews, one hiccup during the first-ever performance has already called for the production to remove live owls from the show!

Related: Rowling Wants You To #KeepTheSecrets Of Cursed Child!

During Tuesday night's debut performance, an owl that was supposed to make a quick flight during a scene failed to return to its handler — and instead escaped into the auditorium!

Since the play is still in its preview stage, producers were quick to scrap the birds. Audiences on Thursday night's show were greeted with a sign that said "no real birds" were used.

The producers explained their decision in an animal-friendly statement:

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Daisy Ridley & Anne Hathaway Go Broadway With Barbra Streisand For First Song Off Her Star-Studded Upcoming Album! Listen HERE!

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Back in February, we learned Star Wars: The Force Awakens actress Daisy Ridley was making her move to music with a "massive superstar"!

It was only a week later we found out the HUGE star was none other than Barbra Streisand! And now that we finally have their new song — it turns out it's with ANOTHER massive superstar: Anne Hathaway!

Related: James Corden's Carpool Karaoke Rides RANKED From Best To Worst!

At The Ballet from A Chorus Line is the first track off Streisand's upcoming album, ENCORE: Movie Partners Sing Broadway, that drops August 26!

Not only that, but Barbra's newest work will also feature the singing talents of Antonio Banderas, Jamie Foxx, Hugh Jackman, Melissa McCarthy, and Seth MacFarlane! Oh, and if you pre-order the album online now, you'll INSTANTLY receive At The Ballet!

Ch-ch-check out the AH-Mazing new song (below) and let us know if it's as good as you hoped it would be!

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James Corden's Carpool Karaoke Rides RANKED From Best To Worst! Find Out Where Lin-Manuel Miranda Lands…

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Monday night's Carpool Karaoke with Lin-Manuel Miranda was probably the most star-studded yet — if you're into Broadway that is!

The ride just looked like so much familiar fun — who hasn't been in a packed car with friends listening to show tunes?!

But was it James Corden's best yet — we mean, is anyone ever going to top Adele..?

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NBC's Hairspray Live Finds Its Tracy Turnblad! Watch The Amazing Moment Newcomer Maddie Baillio Learns She Got The Part!

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Maddie Baillio's stage presence is undeniable!

On Tuesday, the outgoing newcomer stopped by the Today Show to make the EXCITING announcement that she'll star as Tracy Turnblad in NBC's next big musical event, Hairspray Live!

Related: Jennifer Hudson Will Also Star In Hairspray Live!

For those who don't know, Tracy is the main character of the beloved and iconic musical. Over the years, stars like Nikki Blonsky and Ricki Lake have taken on the coveted role.

Luckily for us, Baillio gave us a personal introduction alongside comic icon Harvey Fierstein who will play her stage-mom Edna. In the adorable interview, the 20-year-old explained how she beat out 1,000 other hopefuls to don Tracy's big hair!

To make the situation even sweeter, Maddie revealed that she was just a college student living in League City, Texas before she got her big break:

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