Tonys: 11 Memorable Moments From the Show

9:57 PM 6/12/2016

by Allison Crist and George Johnston

The ceremony honoring Broadway's best of the 2015-16 season was held Sunday night in New York.

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The 70th annual Tony Awards, held Sunday at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, honored the year's best in Broadway. The biggest names in theater gathered to honor the best actors, playwrights, producers, directors and more from 2016.

James Corden hosted the show, opening with a somber speech about the Orlando shooting; however, as the night pressed on, he carried on with his typically lighthearted jokes. 

Here's a look at some of the memorable moments from this year's Tony Awards.

  • James Corden's Remix of 'Alexander Hamilton'

    What better way to introduce Corden than with his very own parody version of "Alexander Hamilton" performed by the cast? The syllables in his name may not have landed as well as Alex-an-der Ham-il-ton -- but Corden's dramatic and hilarious delivery made up for it.

  • Broadway Stars on 'Law & Order,' a Medley

    Apparently, one of the requirements to star on Broadway is to first appear on Law & Order. Corden hilariously highlighted the link between the two in a bit showcasing actors like Claire Danes and Danny Burstein on the show (the latter of whom has played multiple characters over the years). 

  • Nominee Mix-Up

    During the announcement of nominees for best direction of a musical, cameras panned to Christopher Fitzgerald -- when they should've been on Michael Arden.

    He took to Twitter to chime in. 

  • 'Hamilton' Performance of 'History Has Its Eyes on You' and 'Yorktown'

    Regardless of how many comments made about how the night revolved around Hamilton, the praise was well deserved -- especially after the cast's performance of "History Has Its Eyes on You" and "Yorktown." For many at home, this may have been their first and last opportunity to see the original cast perform. 

  • Deaf West's Revival of Spring Awakening

    The Spring Awakening cast likely brought tears to viewers around the country, especially since it was the first national broadcast featuring deaf performances. The show was nominated for best revival of a musical. 

  • Donald Trump in 'The Book of Moron' and Hillary Clinton in 'A Clinton Line'

    Following on the heels of the success of historical musicals like Hamilton, Corden took it upon himself to introduce two new political musicals. He joked that the first, The Book of Moron, stars Andrew Rannells as Donald Trump, and the other features Glenn Close as Hillary Clinton in A Clinton Line.

  • Lin Manuel Miranda's Sonnet

    Though a slew of stars mentioned and paid tribute to the Orlando tragedy, Lin-Manuel Miranda's sonnet was particularly moving. He also mentioned his wife, prompting tears from the Hamilton creator and star. 

  • Barbra Streisand's First Tonys Appearance in 46 Years

    The legendary singer and actress made her first appearance on the Tonys stage since 1970. Streisand addressed the Orlando tragedy, reminding viewers that art can console people in times like these. While presenting for best musical, she joked about her outfit (which looked like it belonged on Lin-Manual Miranda) was appropriate for the winner: Hamilton.

  • All Four Musical Theatre Acting Awards Went to Actors of Color

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    If award shows are being given hashtags similar to #OscarsSoWhite, the Tonys would have to be #TonysSoDiverse. This year, for the first time in history, all four musical acting awards went to people of color. Cynthia Erivo of The Color Purple won best performance by a leading actress in a musical, and Hamilton actors Leslie Odom Jr. won best performance by a leading actor in a musical, Daveed Diggs with best performance by a featured actor in a musical, and Renée Elise Goldsberry with best performance by a featured actress in a musical.

  • James Corden Hits on Oprah

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    Corden put the moves on Oprah Winfrey while she was sitting in the audience, joking: "So many people in this room could be taking home a Tony. This little lady here, she could be taking home a James."

  • Alex Brightman's 'School of Rock' Performance

    Diet Jack Black? Jack Black-lite? The Tony nominee channeled the original movie's star in his energetic performance.

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