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Tonys: Awards Ceremony to be Dedicated to Victims of Orlando Shooting

Lin-Manuel Miranda during the "Hamilton" performance for The 58th Grammy Awards
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Lin-Manuel Miranda during the "Hamilton" performance for The 58th Grammy Awards at Richard Rodgers Theater on Feb. 15, 2016 in New York City.  

Organizers of the 70th Annual Tony Awards have released a statement in response to the horrific mass shooting in a gay nightclub in Orlando, in which 50 people were killed and 53 more wounded.

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"Our hearts are heavy for the unimaginable tragedy that happened last night in Orlando," said the statement from Tony Award Productions. "Our thoughts are with the families and friends of those affected. The Tony Awards dedicate tonight's ceremony to them."

The Tonys have deep ties to the LGBT community. Long before gay marriage entered the national conversation, Tony winners regularly were thanking their same-sex partners, reflecting the greater level of acceptance and visibility among the theater community compared to other branches of the entertainment industry.

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In recent years, the Tonys have frequently been hosted by out gay performers such as Sean Hayes, Alan Cumming and four-time host Neil Patrick Harris.

The Tonys will air live on CBS from New York's Beacon Theatre at 8 p.m. ET/PT time delay. James Corden will host the ceremony, which is expected to be dominated by Lin-Manuel Miranda's blockbuster hit, Hamilton, with a record 16 nominations.

This article originally appeared in THR.com.

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