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'Heartbroken' Broadway stars take to social media about Orlando shooting

'Heartbroken' Broadway stars take to social media about Orlando shooting
Phillipa Soo and Lin-Manuel Miranda in "Hamilton on Broadway." (Joan Marcus / Richard Rodgers Theatres)

Hours before Sunday night’s live Tony Awards ceremony, news of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history spread via social media and press outlets. Taking place at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., overnight, the massacre has dampened spirits for the biggest evening of the Broadway year. But the show will go on, now in memory of the massacre’s victims, as announced via Twitter by the ceremony’s official account. 

Meanwhile, some of Broadway’s biggest stars have shared thoughts online about the shooting, which killed at least 50 and injured 53. Many of them will take to the stage at Sunday night’s ceremony from Manhattan’s Beacon Theater hosted by James Corden of CBS’ “Late Late Show.” Though a comedian, Corden and the show will be expected to show deference to the national tragedy, one that likely hits close to home to the theater community, which embraces the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. 

Heather Headley, “The Color Purple”

https://twitter.com/heatherheadley/status/741999888536371200
https://twitter.com/heatherheadley/status/742032229514248192

Lin-Manuel Miranda, “Hamilton”

https://twitter.com/Lin_Manuel/status/742043270394597376

Audra McDonald, “Shuffle Along”

https://twitter.com/AudraEqualityMc/status/741971593778372608

Leslie Odom Jr., “Hamilton”

https://twitter.com/leslieodomjr/status/742019491119411200
https://www.instagram.com/p/BGj6853iZMY/?taken-by=leslieodomjr

Josh Groban, “The Great Comet”

https://twitter.com/joshgroban/status/741973101626425344
https://twitter.com/joshgroban/status/742057864718651392

Jesse Tyler Ferguson, “Fully Committed”

https://twitter.com/jessetyler/status/742041064081633280

Cynthia Erivo, “The Color Purple”

https://twitter.com/CynthiaEriVo/status/741961438982483968
https://twitter.com/CynthiaEriVo/status/742034121900339200

The ceremony tapes live from New York on Sunday at 5 p.m. and will air on the West Coast at 8 p.m. 

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