Star-Studded Connecticut Concert for Newtown Community on January 28
By Ellis Nassour
From Broadway with Love: A Benefit Concert for Sandy Hook will take place at Waterbury, CT’s 2,600-seat Palace Theatre on January 28 at 7 P.M. The event is being billed as "a concert of love and healing for the Newtown community." More than 100 stars of Broadway, TV, and music will band together with over 100 students from the Newtown High School Chamber Choir and local dance groups and. All proceeds and donations will go directly to United Way of Western Connecticut’s Sandy Hook School Support Fund.
Impacted families, first responders, and the Sandy Hook Elementary School community are being invited as guests.
Performers scheduled to appear include Nikki Blonsky, Philip Boykin, Michael Cerveris, Micky Dolenz, Christine Ebersole Linda Eder, Capathia Jenkins, Richard Kind, Jan Maxwell, Julia Murney, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Mary Testa, over 50 members of various Broadway and Off Broadway shows, members from casts of Million Dollar Quartet and SisterAct, Muppets characters and Sesame Street cast members, and Lee Rocker of the Stray Cats.
In addition, composers Stephen Schwartz, Marc Shaiman, and Frank Wildhorn will participate. There’ll be video greetings from other Broadway stars as well as Anne Hathaway, Ricki Lake, and Marissa Jaret Winokur.
The benefit will be directed by Michael Unger with segments directed by Jeff Calhoun and Stephen Nachamie. Producing and conceivers are Brett Boles and Van Dean. Jeffrey Saver will music direct and conduct an orchestra of some of Broadway’s top musicians. Librettist David Thompson is assisting to shape the evening.
The idea was born with a Facebook message from Boles to Dean. "Within a few hours I had 100 responses," says Dean. "Everyone was looking for a way they could use their talents to support the community. The outpouring of love and support from the Broadway community has been incredible."
Tickets are $50 – $250. To purchase or make a tax-deductible donation, visit www.FromBroadwayWithLove.org. From Broadway with Love is made possible, in part, by Bermuda Limousine International, Strategic Event Design, the Palace Theatre, Sound Associates, Nola Studios, Ripley Grier Studios, Prêt a Manger, Russian Standard Vodka, and numerous other community-minded businesses. For a complete listing, see the website.