• Breanna Johns

Parkland students hold benefit concert joined by stars


Monday night, April 16, 2018, drama students past and present shared the stage at a benefit concert featuring stars and the survivors of Parkland Florida’s school shooting.

“From Broadway With Love” was the name of the benefit concert. Stars featured at the benefit were "Glee" actor Matthew Morrison, "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" star Rachel Bloom and award-winning recording artist Deborah Cox.

According to CNN, “More than 4,700 people attended the concert at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida, organizers said. The celebrity entertainers performed with Stoneman Douglas students and local arts groups, including the Student Choir of Broward and Dance Theatre of Broward, on a program that ranged from upbeat and inspirational to reflective and moving to fun and silly.”

The chemistry among the performers was instantly “palpable.”

Opening the concert was “Mamma Mia!” actress Carrie Manolakos and a choir of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students singing their version of Leonard Cohen’s song “Hallelujah.”

“Working with the teen performers made the February 14 shooting feel all the more real,” Broadway performer Donna Lynne Champlin said.

Everything the stars did was for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and so that they will be remembered.

Monday night was an emotional night for the stars and the Parkland students, a night they will never forget.