The Tony Awards opened on a somber night Sunday night, with a special message to the victims of the Orlando tragedy.
"All around the world, people are trying to come to terms with the horrific events that took place in Orlando this morning," host James Corden said at the top of the show. "On behalf of the whole theater community and every person in this room, our hearts go out to all of those affected by this atrocity. All we can say is you are not on your own; your tragedy is our tragedy."
"Theater is a place there ever race, every creed, every sexuality is equal, embraced and is loved," he continued. "Hate will never win. Together we have to make sure of that."
"Tonights show stands as a symbol and celebration of that principle, this is the Tony Awards," he said in conclusion.
The ceremony was dedicated to the victims earlier today.
"Our hearts are heavy for the unimaginable tragedy that happened last night in Orlando," the Tonys' official Twitter page posted this morning. "Our thoughts are with the families and friends of those affected. The Tony Awards dedicate tonight's ceremony to them."