The Tonys brought a Rent classic back to the stage on Sunday night (June 10) when they recruited members of the drama department of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, survivors of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, for a rousing performance of "Seasons of Love" and it made the Twitterverse get just a little bit emotional.
For the number, the members brought the iconic Broadway tune to Radio City Music Hall and they were met with a standing ovation. Needless to say, it was a moment that lit the Twitterverse on fire. Scroll on below to see some reactions. It also paired nicely with recognition for the 2018 Recipient of Excellence in Theatre Education Award, which went to Melody Herzfeld. In addition, she also received $10,000 for her theater program.
"During a normal given time I would say that I am truly humbled and grateful for this recognition for the work I have done," Herzfeld previously said in a statement. "However the way that my students have taken to action through speech, performance and passionate honesty it now means so much more. My work is being reflected through my students, as it is every day with every arts teacher around the world."
"Melody is a true inspiration to her students and to all of us in the theatre community and beyond," said Charlotte St. Martin, President of The Broadway League, and Heather Hitchens, President of the American Theatre Wing. "Theatre is transformative – it has the power to celebrate the best of times, and it has the power to help heal us and comfort us in the worst of times. We are honored and humbled to present the Excellence in Theatre Education Award to Melody this year."
An all-time great Tonys moment — they rocked it! pic.twitter.com/RRKDgxK0r7— Scott Feinberg (@ScottFeinberg) June 11, 2018
Marjory Stoneman Douglas students sang 'Seasons of Love' from RENT at the Tonys and it was amazing 😰👇 https://t.co/QW86zSAOeU— Steven Dennis (@StevenTDennis) June 11, 2018
oh man, the parkland students singing RENT on stage. THE PARKLAND STUDENTS SINGING RENT ON STAGE.— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) June 11, 2018
Rent is a musical about resilience during an epidemic that was for years openly ignored by the government as it took so many lives. Couldn't be more fitting for the Parkland kids to be singing something from it. #TonyAwards— Brilly Wonka (@LitaTweeted) June 11, 2018
parkland kids doing RENT...i’m not ok! 😭— miranda soros hobbes (@SPRinNYC) June 11, 2018
Stoneman Douglas HS kids’ rendition of Rent’s Seasons of Love was moving & for me, the highlight of tonite’s @TheTonyAwards— Luis A. Miranda, Jr. (@Vegalteno) June 11, 2018
*CRIES IN RENT*— raya (@wewritelettrs) June 11, 2018
The Tony Awards audience rises for a standing ovation as students from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas drama department stand on the stage of Radio City. Moments later, they sang "525,600 minutes" from the musical "RENT." https://t.co/Fr3YIrsHOY pic.twitter.com/THbi0iXnvJ— CBS News (@CBSNews) June 11, 2018
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