Members of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School's drama team stole the show at the 72nd Annual Tony Awards Sunday night.
The performance brought the crowd— many of whom were wiping tears from their eyes— to its collective feet at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The surprise showing wasn't part of that afternoon's dress rehearsal.
Dressed in shades of black and burgundy, they sang "Seasons of Love" from "Rent." Members of the audience — as well as those on social media — gasped, cheered and wept. It was aired live on CBS.
Some of the song's lyrics? "How do you measure a year in the life? How about love?"
Right before the moving performance, MSD drama teacher Melody Herzfeld was honored for her life-saving efforts during the Parkland school shooting on Feb 14.
Herzfeld saved 65 lives when she barricaded students into a small classroom closet when a former student, Nikolas Cruz, went on a shooting rampage killing 17 people.
Read more at our news partner, the Miami Herald.
You can hear Herzfeld's acceptance speech a the Tony's here: