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Jonathan Groff gives the most amazing, emotional Tony Awards acceptance speech

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Looking, Mindhunter) won ‘Best Actor in a Musical’ for his performance in Merrily We Roll Along. Sarah Paulson took Best Actress in a Lead Role for her part in the play Appropriate.Jonathan Groff accepts his first #TonyAwards win ever for his leading role in #MerrilyWeRollAlong pic.twitter.com/dd6qjKiO4CSubscribe to our newsletter for your front-row seat to all things entertainment with a sprinkle of everything else queer.A jubilant Groff gave one of the evening’s most emotional acceptance speeches.

He began by thanking his parents. They were sitting in the audience. “Thank you for letting me dress up as Mary Poppins when I was three,” he said to them. “For letting me act out scenes from I Love Lucy on my tenth birthday.

Thank you for always allowing my freak flag to fly without ever making me feel weird about it.“Even if they didn’t always understand me, my family knew the life-saving power of flanning the flame of a young person’s passion without judgment.”That line prompted a round of applause.“I walk through life with an open heart because you let me know that I could,” Groff continued, getting choked up.

He went on to thank other key figures in his life, including teachers and people he’d previously worked with in his career, including those who inspired him to come out of the closet when he was 23.

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