Student survivors have joined Broadway and TV stars on stage in Florida for a benefit concert in the wake of the Parkland high school shooting massacre.
Glee actor Matthew Morrison, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend star Rachel Bloom and singer Deborah Cox were among those to perform alongside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students in Sunrise, Florida on Monday night.
The show – ‘From Broadway With Love: A Benefit Concert For Parkland, USA’ – was to aid the victims of the February 14 shooting that left 17 students and teachers dead.
Singer Deborah Cox and Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg pose backstage at a Broadway benefit concert for shooting victims in Sunrise, Florida on Monday night
The show – ‘From Broadway With Love: A Benefit Concert For Parkland, USA’ – was to aid the victims of the February 14 shooting that left 17 students and teachers dead
Nearly 5,000 people attended the benefit at the BB&T Center.
Students David Hogg and Emma Gonzalez, who have been among the most vocal activists against gun violence in the wake of the shooting, were among those to attend the benefit.
Glee star Matthew Morrison and Stoneman Douglas senior Kali Clougherty took to the stage to perform a duet of ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’.
Sawyer Garrity, a junior at the school, performed her original song Shine in memory of the 17 victims. She and another student had written the song based off a poem composed by victim Alex Schachter.
Glee actor Matthew Morrison poses with student activist Emma Gonzalez at the benefit attended by nearly 5,000 people
Former American Idol contestant Justin Guarini (left) performed a song written by a student survivor, while Mamma Mia! actress Carrie Manolakos (right) sang Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah with the Stoneman Douglas choir
Crazy Ex Girlfriend star Rachel Bloom also performed on stage during the benefit on Monday night
‘This song is for him. He’s going to live on through this song and through this poem he wrote,’ Garrity told CNN.
‘In the end, everything that we’re doing is for them and everything that we’re doing is so that they’ll be remembered – all the 17, and even the ones who were injured and anyone hurt by gun violence.’
Former American Idol contestant Justin Guarini also performed a song written by a Stoneman Douglas student survivor.
Mamma Mia! actress Carrie Manolakos sang Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah with the Stoneman Douglas choir and Deborah Cox gave a rendition of I Will Always Love You as images of the victims appeared on a screen behind her.
Deborah Cox (above) gave a rendition of I Will Always Love You as images of the victims appeared on a screen behind her
Jersey Boys actor Erich Bergen posed backstage with student activist David Hogg during the benefit
The stars performed on stage with Stoneman Douglas students, as well as local arts groups, the Student Choir of Broward and the Dance Theatre of Broward.
‘The kids from Marjory Stoneman Douglas are doing what the arts are supposed to do – they are channeling their intense feelings and rage and thoughts into their art, which is a way to communicate with people and make the world better,’ Bloom told CNN ahead of the concert.
‘This is an example of why theater and the arts in schools is so important. It makes me proud to be a fellow theater kid seeing what all these people are doing with theater and music.’
All proceed from the benefit will be donated to the victims and survivors of the shooting, as well as Shine MSD – an organization set up after the shooting to help heal the Parkland community through the arts.
Students David Hogg and Emma Gonzalez, who have been among the most vocal activists against gun violence in the wake of the shooting, were among those to attend the benefit