We’ve been rocking together for years on end, so it’s always good to see our brothers and sisters have their days in the sun, and that was indeed the case this weekend.
It all began Saturday, in Harlem with the 116th Street Festival. Later that night, Brooklyn’s Barclays Center was the destination for the New York Salsa Fest. These events were the precursor for the 59th annual National Puerto Rican Day Parade. This year, the celebration was extended a few blocks west of the parade route as the Tony Awards were about to commence. This year, the “Great White Way” was given a lot of Sazón, and leading the pack was the phenom known as “Hamilton.”
With his creation, Lin-Manuel Miranda assured that “Boriquas were on the set,”—to the tune of a record 16 nominations for the coveted trophy. The show, as expected, dominated, winning 11, including Best Costume Design of a Musical (Paul Tazewell), Best Featured Actor in a Musical (Daveed Diggs), Best Featured Actress in a Musical (Renee Elise Goldsberry) and Best Musical (“Hamilton”).
Miranda himself took down two wins; Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score (music and/or lyrics) Written for the Theater, but it was his acceptance speech after his first trip to the podium that became the show’s most talked about moment, as he morphed an ode to his immediate family to a universal message of love and support:
“My wife’s the reason anything gets done
She nudges me towards promise by degrees
She is a perfect symphony of one
Our son is her most beautiful reprise.
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.”
The tragic events that took place hours earlier in a nightclub in Orlando, Fla. is the nation’s latest black eye. Kudos to Miranda for using the platform, in a night that was supposed to be deservedly celebratory, to realize that the world is much bigger than the lights, camera, action world of entertainment.
Over and out. Holla next week. Til then, enjoy the nightlife.