When did you write the sonnet and did it replace a previous speech you
No, I haven’t written anything, and I hadn’t heard about today’s
events until after our Tony rehearsal. I had always kind of had this time
between rehearsal and tonight to sit and think about what I would say if I was
lucky enough to be called up. And it sort of informed all of that, obviously.
You know, we live in this world where beautiful and horrible things exist at
the same time, sometimes in the same day. So you can’t let that go by, you
can’t let that moment go by. Particularly with theater. This is the cornerstone
of, you know, theater doesn’t exist without the LGBTQ community. It’s the
cornerstone of our industry. And so, you know, it’s heavy in my heart today.
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 lasts long And love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love is 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
Leslie Odom Jr., Phillipa Soo, Renee Elise Goldsberry, and Jasmine Cephas Jones perform onstage during the 70th Annual Tony Awards at The Beacon Theatre on June 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
I feel like people are missing something really key that happened in the 2016 Tonys performance.
Lin changed one word. But that’s all it took to change the meaning of the performance and the Tonys.
“Weapon with my hands.”
They didn’t just take out the muskets to show solidarity, Lin is trying to teach us that what we do, say and write will change perspective for generations to come. He’s showing us how we don’t need a gun or violence to fight for what we believe in. Like Alexander, we have our hands. Our writing. Our words are immortalised when we write, no matter who takes us away. The massacre in Orlando has devastated our country, but why stay silent? Why give them what they want and silence ourselves? We need to make something that is immortalised. Teach generations that come that you can take away our loved ones, but you can NEVER take our words.