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Posted: June 11, 2018

Tony Awards 2018: Parkland drama students give emotional performance of 'Seasons of Love'

WATCH: Parkland Drama Students Give Emotional Performance at 2018 Tony Awards

By Michelle Ewing, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

NEW YORK —

Drama students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, Florida, delivered a heartfelt performance of "Seasons of Love" from "Rent" at the Tony Awards on Sunday, nearly four months after a mass shooting at their school left 17 dead.

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The performance, which drew tears and a standing ovation, came after the school's drama director, Melody Herzfeld, received the 2018 Excellence in Theatre Education Award. According to The Associated Press, Herzfeld "saved 65 lives by barricading students into a small classroom closet" during the Feb. 14 massacre.

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"All the goodness and tragedy that has brought me to this point will always be embraced," she said.

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Celebrities and other viewers took to social media to praise the students and Herzfeld.

>> Tony Awards 2018: Robert De Niro blasts Trump in bleeped comments

>> PHOTOS: 2018 Tony Awards show

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Tony Awards 2018: Parkland drama students give emotional performance of 'Seasons of Love'

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Tony Awards 2018: Parkland drama students give emotional performance of 'Seasons of Love'

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School drama students perform onstage during the 72nd annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 10, 2018, in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)

Tony Awards 2018: Robert De Niro blasts Trump in bleeped comments

Actor Robert De Niro let viewers of the 2018 Tony Awards know exactly how he feels about President Donald Trump, lobbing profanity at the commander in chief after taking the stage during Sunday night's broadcast.

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"I'm just going to say one thing: [Expletive] Trump!" said De Niro, who was introducing Bruce Springsteen's performance of "My Hometown."

"It's no longer, 'Down with Trump.' It's, '[Expletive] Trump!'" De Niro added.

>> See the moment here (WARNING: Censored profanity)

CBS censored the language in its broadcast of the awards ceremony, but the audience at New York's Radio City Music Hall heard every word, The Associated Press reported. Many responded with a standing ovation.

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According to Deadline, a spokeswoman for CBS addressed the controversy in a statement, calling De Niro's insult "unscripted and unexpected." 

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"The offensive language was deleted from the broadcast," the spokeswoman said.

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2018 Tony Awards: ‘The Band’s Visit,’ complete winner list

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2018 Tony Awards: ‘The Band’s Visit,’ complete winner list

Broadway’s best and brightest took to Radio City Music Hall Sunday for the Tony Awards.

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Here is a list of winners: 

Best musical: 

Best leading actor in a musical:

Best leading actress in a musical:

Best revival of a musical:

Best revival of a play:

Best play:

Best original score:

Best direction of a play:

Tony for best sound design of a play:

2018 Special Tony Award for lifetime achievement:

Best direction of a musical:

2018 Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement:

Best sound design of a musical:

Best leading actress in a play:

Best scenic design of a musical:

2018 Excellence in theater education: 

Best featured actor in a musical:

Best lighting design:

Best featured actor in a play:

Best book of a musical:

Best featured actress in a musical:

2018 Special Tony Award:

Best choreography:

Best featured actress in a play:

Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award:

Best orchestrations:

Best actor in a play:

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