Mon, 22 Oct 2018

A band of Egyptian musicians, a sea sponge, an ice princess, mean girls and a magical child named Harry Potter are among those vying Sunday for the highest honors bestowed on Broadway theater: the Tony Awards.

The cream of the crop of New York's theater scene is expected to be on hand, including Robert De Niro, Claire Danes, Billy Joel, Carey Mulligan, Jim Parsons and Kerry Washington.

Rock legend Bruce Springsteen is scheduled to perform live and receive a special Tony for his ongoing show Springsteen on Broadway.

But in the midst of Broadway's magical night, one award will be presented for outstanding off-Broadway work. The recipient will be Melody Hertzfeld, the head of the drama department at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

The drama teacher will be recognized for saving dozens of children from the deadly mass shooting at the school that claimed 17 lives. She is credited for saving more than 65 students by guiding them to safety and keeping them out of harm's way for more than two hours.

She will receive the 2018 Excellence in Theatrical Education award, which honors an educator 'who has demonstrated monumental impact on the lives of students.'

It comes with a $10,000 prize for the winner's theater program.

This year's Tony awards ceremony will be co-hosted by singers Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles.

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