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Parkland students sang Rent's 'Seasons of Love' at the Tonys

Robert De Niro isn't the only one who got a standing ovation at Sunday night's Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York, but the drama students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School had to work much harder for theirs. Their drama teacher, Melody Herzfeld, was awarded the Excellence in Theatre Education Award, credited with saving dozens of lives when a fellow student at their Parkland, Florida, high school murdered 17 people with a military-style rifle on Feb. 14. A while after Herzfeld accepted her award, Glee's Matthew Morrison took the stage to laud the entire Stoneman Douglas drama department for turning pain into art, and then some of the drama students stepped up sang about how you can measure a life:

Here's a bit more of the performance:

You can watch Herzfeld's acceptance speech below. Peter Weber