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There Wasn't a Dry Eye in the House After The Parkland Students Performed a Song from 'Rent' at the Tony Awards

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | June 11, 2018 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | June 11, 2018 |


It was an eventful night at the Tony Awards last night, and I suspect that we will talk more about that later today, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t get this up ASAP because it is magic.

First of all, Melody Herzfeld — the Drama teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla — received a Tony Award for sheltering and ultimately saving 65 of her students from a shooting rampage. Here is her remarkable acceptance speech:

“I remember on Feb. 7, in a circle with my students, encouraging them to be good to each other. And I remember only a week later, on Feb. 14, a perfect day, where all these lessons in my life and in their short lives would be called into action.”


It was not, however, the only appearance by Parkland, because its drama students were also featured, singing “Seasons of Love” from Rent. It was an emotionally walloping performance that deservedly received a standing ovation.

Dustin is the founder and co-owner of Pajiba. You may email him here, follow him on Twitter, or listen to his weekly TV podcast, Podjiba.

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