Wooden frame with a piece of paper taped to it that says, “WE CHASE THE MELODIES THAT SEEM TO FIND US UNTIL THEY’RE FINISHED SONGS AND START TO PLAY WHEN SENSELESS ACTS OF TRAGEDY REMIND US THAT NOTHING HERE IS PROMISED, NOT ONE DAY. THIS SHOW IS PROOF THAT HISTORY REMEMBERS WE LIVED THROUGH TIMES WHEN HATE AND FEAR SEEMED STRONGER; WE RISE AND FALL AND LIGHT FROM DYING EMBERS, REMEMBRANCES THAT HOPE AND LOVE LAST LONGER AND LOVE IS LOVE IS LOVE IS LOVE IS LOVE IS LOVE IS LOVE IS LOVE CANNOT BE KILLED OR SWEPT ASIDE. I SING VANESSA’S SYMPHONY, ELIZA TELLS HER STORY NOW FILL THE WORLD WITH MUSIC, LOVE AND PRIDE. -LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA 2016.”
Historical Notes: The 70th annual Tony Awards were held on the night of June 12th, 2016. When Lin-Manuel Miranda accepted his award for best score for “Hamilton,” he addressed the Pulse Nightclub shooting that happened earlier that morning by reading this sonnet in place of an acceptance speech.
Artistic Reaction, Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts Memorial, Letters, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Public Reaction
- Object ID: 2016.034.1542
- Collection Site: Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
- Collection Date: 07/18/2016
- Size: 15.875H X 13.875W