Many of the night’s biggest stars spoke out against the killings at Pulse, a gay nightclub, seemingly by a lone gunman.
“I have a heavy heart tonight, but I think everyone – it’s one of those things where it just makes you realize how fleeting life is and you need to do everything you can to enjoy every second of it,” BrainDead‘s Aaron Tveit tells PEOPLE on the red carpet outside of New York City’s Beacon Theatre.
Adds singer Leona Lewis, “It’s just a terrible, awful loss and my prayers and thoughts are really with all of the friends and families.”
At least 50 people were killed and over 53 more injured in what is now the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack, according to Reuters.
“There’s ying and yang, always, and unfortunately we live in such a beautiful world but people are just not seeing it,” shared On Your Feet! star Ana Villafane. “And so the arts I think, theatre and togetherness and uplifting each other and celebrating each other, I think that’s what brings people together and kind of denies violence.”
“All around the world people are trying to come to terms with the horrific events that took place in Orlando this morning,” Corden said at the top of telecast. “On behalf of the whole theater community and every person in this room, our hearts go out to all of those affected by this atrocity.”
He added, “Tonight’s show stands as a symbol and a celebration of that principle.”