Parkland drama students sing Rent classic ‘Seasons of Love’ at Tony Awards

The 2018 Tony Awards were graced with the drama students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, who sang a touching rendition of “Seasons of Love” from the Tony-winning musical “Rent.”

They were introduced by former “Glee” star Matthew Morrison, who recently performed a benefit concert in support of the victims of the tragic shooting at the Parkland, Fla. high school.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas musical theater instructor Melody Herzfeld had just been awarded the 2018 Excellence in Theatre Education Award. Herzfeld saved 65 lives by barricading students into a small classroom closet on Valentine’s Day when a shooter went on a rampage, killing 17 people.

The original 1996 Broadway production of “Rent” was nominated for 10 Tony Awards. It won four, including best musical, best book for a musical, best original score, and best performance by a featured actor in a musical for Wilson Jermaine Heredia. Heredia played Angel Dumott Schunard.

The musical is loosely based on Giacomo Puccini’s opera “La Bohème.” It tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists struggling to survive and create a life in New York City’s East Village in the thriving days of Bohemian Alphabet City, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS.

The Tonys are being broadcast on CBS with hosts Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles.

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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Todd Spiewak and Jim Parsons attend the 72nd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Kerry Washington attends the 72nd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Christine Baranski attends the 72nd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Tiffany Haddish attends the 72nd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Tina Fey attends the 72nd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Sara Bareilles attends the 72nd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Laurie Metcalf attends the 72nd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Schuyler Helford and Josh Groban attend the 72nd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Patti Scialfa and Bruce Springsteen attend the 72nd Annual Tony Awards on June 10, 2018 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Rachel Brosnahan attends the 72nd Annual Tony Awards on June 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
British actress Carey Mulligan attends the 2018 Tony Awards - Red Carpet at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on June 10, 2018. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Anna Wintour attends the 72nd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
US singer Katharine McPhee attends the 2018 Tony Awards - Red Carpet at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on June 10, 2018. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Matt Bomer (L) attends the 72nd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Sam Springsteen, Evan Springsteen, Patti Scialfa, Bruce Springsteen, and Jessica Springsteen attend the 72nd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Matt Bomer, Jim Parsons, Andrew Rannells, and Zachary Quinto attend the 72nd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Andrew Garfield attends the 72nd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Tatiana Maslany attends the 72nd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Cynthia Erivo attends the 72nd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Amy Schumer attends the 72nd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Uzo Aduba attends the 72nd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Michael Cera attends the 72nd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Claire Danes and Hugh Dancy attend the 72nd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Dorota Kishlovsky and Andrew Rannells attend the 72nd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Miles McMillan (L) and Zachary Quinto attends the 72nd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Josh Groban attends the 72nd Annual Tony Awards on June 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Tiffany Haddish and Michael Kors attend the 72nd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Rachel Bloom attends the 72nd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban attend the 72nd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Bee Shaffer attends the 72nd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Kyle Jarrow and Laura Worsham attend the 72nd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Derek Brown of The Flaming Lips (L) attends the 72nd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: LaChanze attends the 72nd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Nathan Johnson and Laura Osnes attend the 72nd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Nicolette Robinson attends the 72nd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: (L-R) Simon Halls, Kit Halls and Matt Bomer attend the 72nd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Grace Elizabeth attends the 72nd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Jamshied Sharifi (L) attends the 72nd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Indya Moore and Joseph Altuzarra attend the 72nd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Taylor Trensch attends the 72nd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Lilli Cooper attends the 72nd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Yolanda Adams, Rodney East, and Taylor Crawford attend the 72nd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Eric Rutherford attends the 72nd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Grace Elizabeth and Wes Gordon attend the 72nd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Hamish Bowles attends the 72nd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Christopher Gattelli attends the 72nd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Ashley Park attends the 72nd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Stephanie Styles attends the 72nd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Tom Higgenson attends the 72nd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Michelle Federer and Norbert Leo Butz attend the 72nd Annual Tony Awards on June 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Ethan Slater attends the 72nd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Taylor Louderman attends the 72nd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Condola Rashad attends the 72nd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Chita Rivera attends the 72nd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: David Zinn attends the 72nd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Lynn Meadow attends the 72nd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Tina Fey and Jeff Richmond attend the 72nd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Ariana DeBose attends the 72nd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Tavi Gevinson and Zac Posen attend the 72nd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Lauren Ambrose attends the 72nd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Hailey Kilgore attends the 72nd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Denise Gough attends the 72nd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
US writer and actress Tavi Gevinson attends the 2018 Tony Awards - Red Carpet at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on June 10, 2018. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Eric Rutherford attends the 72nd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Miles McMillan and Zachary Quinto attends the 72nd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Marissa Jaret Winokur attends the 72nd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Wayne Coyne and Katy Weaver attend the 72nd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Noma Dumezweni attends the 72nd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
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