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Broadway's biggest night ended in dramatic fashion when stage legend Barbra Streisand announced that "Hamilton" would indeed win the Tony Award for best musical. That made 11 wins for Lin-Manuel Miranda's groundbreaking production, just shy of the record of 12 Tonys won by "The Producers."

And on a night when so many were thinking of the victims of the biggest mass shooting in U.S. history, it’s fitting that Miranda’s “Hamilton” company sang the number “Yorktown (The World Turned Upside Down)” to introduce the musical.

First-time Tonys host James Corden began the night with a message for the Orlando victims: “Your tragedy is our tragedy. Theater is a place where every race, creed, sexuality, and gender is equal, embraced, and loved. Hate will never win.” A few notable and moving speeches paying tribute to the Orlando victims were given by Miranda, Jessica Lange, Frank Langella and others. Overall, though, the show largely stuck to its original script of laughs and plenty of music. Plus Andrew Lloyd Webber on tambourine.

Jessica Lange backstage: Thank you, Ryan Murphy

Jessica Lange is shown with her Tony at the Beacon Theatre. (Jemal Countess / Getty Images for Tony Awards)
Jessica Lange is shown with her Tony at the Beacon Theatre. (Jemal Countess / Getty Images for Tony Awards)

After not even being nominated for her past Broadway appearances in “A Streetcar Named Desire” and “A Glass Menagerie,” Jessica Lange won lead actress in a play for playing Mary Tyrone in “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” -- and she said the role was “nearest and dearest” to her heart.

“I’ve played Blanche three times, Amanda in ‘Glass Menagerie’ twice, and now Mary twice, and she is my favorite role,” Lange said.

She noted that she has Ryan Murphy to thank for it. She had told the “American Horror Story” producer that she wanted to revisit Mary Tyrone, whom she’d played 16 years ago in London. (Lange won an Emmy for her role in Murphy's limited series.)

“He secured the rights, and then we took it to Todd Haimes and the Roundabout Theatre,” she said. “So I am here by his friendship and good graces.”


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