‘Hamilton’ Drops Muskets From Tony Performance After Nightclub Shootings
At the Tony Awards on Sunday night, the cast of the hit show Hamilton decided to remove props from their highly-anticipated performance. The props? Muskets.
The cast performed the song “Yorktown” which covers Alexander Hamilton’s time at the Battle of Yorktown in 1781. It also included an opening bit, not on the official soundtrack, that suggests a closer-than-friendship relationship between Hamilton and John Laurens.
The song is normally performed with muskets, but in deference to the shooting in Orlando earlier that day, they decided to perform without guns.
From the Hill:
At least 50 people died and 53 were injured at Pulse, and the suspected shooter, Omar Mateen, was killed at the scene.
Law enforcement officials believe terrorism could be at play, after the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria claimed credit for the violence. The FBI said it interviewed Marteen three times in 2013 and 2014.
The Tony Awards also said in a statement that the annual ceremony for the best on Broadway will be dedicated to the friends and family of those affected.
“Our hearts are heavy for the unimaginable tragedy,” the statement read.