I’m sobbing because that actually is the last time we’ll ever see the Glee club compete?? But that was such an amazing way to go out. Vocally, visually, just outstanding on every level. And I’m really damn proud of them, both the characters and the cast members who brought that performance to life.
Erik finally being rewarded for doing something good (building something, getting a prize, first public musical performance on an actual stage, etc.).
Right before the rest of the shocked crowd starts to applaud, all you hear is loud hooting and clapping. Look over to see Christine standing and cheering him on with the Daroga wiping happy proud mama tears off his face next to her.
I’m not freestyling, I’m too old. I wrote you a sonnet instead. My wife’s the reason anything gets done. She nudges me towards promise by degrees. She is a perfect symphony of one, our son is her most beautiful reprise. We chase the melodies that seem to find us until they’re finished songs and start to play. When senseless acts of tragedy remind us that nothing here is promised, not one day, this show is proof that history remembers. We live through times when hate and fear seem stronger. We rise and fall and light from dying embers, remembrances that hope and love last longer. And love is love is love is love is love is love is love and love cannot be killed or swept aside. I sing Vanessa’s symphony, Eliza tells her story, now fill the world with music, love, and pride. Thank you so much for this.
Lin Manuel Miranda accepting the Tony Award for Best Original Score
Alexander Hamilton was a dreamer. George Washington, Eliza Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson were dreamers. I stand on this stage tonight and in this theater surrounded by dreamers. Dreamers like Lin Manuel who had a big idea and worked tirelessly over six years to bring it to life. Dreamers like Tommy and Andy and Alex and the extraordinary company of Hamilton who have showed up at our theater almost every single day for the last year and a half to share their vision of America. To the most supportive, appreciative, and diverse audience I have ever witnessed, Hamilton, An American Musical, embodies the best values, the best impulses that make our nation a beacon to the world. Inclusiveness, generosity, ingenuity, and the will to work hard to make our dreams come true. Look around, look around, how lucky we are to be alive right now. Thank you.
Jeffrey Seller accepting the Tony Award for Best Musical for Hamilton
Oh man… Alright, so look, when I was in preschool, we were supposed to do like a performance for the parents and I didn’t want to do it. My mom talked to the teacher and she came back and said, ‘You don’t have to do it, but you have to do something.’ And I said, 'I want to do a gymnastics routine with my dad.’ And a couple of days later, my dad showed up with me in matching rainbow tights and we did this gymnastics routine in front of the parents at the preschool. And the important thing about that story to me is that 1) my mom gave me permission to do something that everyone else wasn’t doing; and 2) my dad supported me and made it possible. I think a lot of us are here because people in our lives did that, so thank you, Mom and Dad, who are here tonight and that’s so crazy. Thank you to Jalene, my love, who is also here, my brother Malcom, who is watching at home, shoot, all of Oakland, California, Raffa Shinaga, a Bay area stand-up. Lin, Tommy, you already know. Alex, Andy, I mean… what were you thinking? Thank you so much for allowing this to happen. Jeffery, Sandy, Oscar, oh just everybody, thank you so much. I cannot thank you all enough. This is so crazy.
Daveed Diggs accepting his Tony Award for Featured Actor in a Musical
I’m watching Darren’s old Disney cover videos and I’m drowning in my own tears…I’m so insanely proud of our little goofball all grown up. He will start his tour tomorrow night. The tour which was sold out in mere minutes! I’m watching that young guy with his incredible hair and his even more incredible talent, with all the dreams he has and the ones he doesn’t even dare to dream… You did it, sweetheart. You reached for the stars, prepared to land on your roof but instead conquered the moon.