From the stage, he told Ms. Herzfeld that a couple of months ago, he had performed with some of her students at a benefit concert for Parkland. “For us, it was a life-changing experience to see these inspiring young people channeling their intense feelings of hurt and rage and sorrow into art,” he said.
One of those students, Tanzil Philip, reached out to the Tonys, asking to appear on the telecast, Mr. Morrison said.
“The Broadway community showed up in our time of need and brought some much-needed light into the dark,” Mr. Philip had written.
“Well, Tan, rather than inviting you on to this stage to say thanks to us, our Broadway family wants to give and say thanks to you, by sharing the stage with you and your classmates,” Mr. Morrison said.
In her speech on Sunday, Ms. Herzfeld said: “I remember on Feb. 7, in a circle with my students, encouraging them to be good to each other,” she went on. “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.”
“We all have a common energy,” she said. “We all want the same thing. To be heard. To tell our truth. To make a difference. And to be respected. We teach this every day in every arts class.”
In February, just a week after the shooting, Ms. Herzfeld’s students performed “Shine,” an original song, at a CNN town hall meeting on gun violence.