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

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.

The set began with a hilarious parody of Hamilton‘s opening number, introducing the famous father as the show’s host.

And after joking about Donald Trump‘s infamously controversial comments, and mentioning that this Broadway recognition is “like the Super Bowl for the people who don’t know what the Super Bowl is,” the 37-year-old dove right into a magnificent montage about how he got into theater in the first place.

The funny man perfectly parodied shows like Les Misérables, Grease, The Lion King, Phantom of the Opera, Sweeney Todd, and many more.

After asking Oprah Winfrey for confirmation that he didn’t ruin the Tonys with the performance, James closed the number alongside the 2016 Acting nominees.

Check it out (below):

Jun 12, 2016 8:49pm PDT

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