On December 14, 2012, tragedy struck Sandy Hook Elementary School and our nation mourned with the residents of Newtown, Connecticut. As the town slowly attempts to recover, Broadway stars, producers, writers, and directors will lend their voices in support. "From Broadway with Love: A Benefit Concert For Sandy Hook" will take place on January 28, 2013 at 7:00 pm at the Palace Theater in Waterbury, CT, 20 minutes from Newtown.
"From Broadway with Love: A Benefit Concert For Sandy Hook" will feature song, dance, and other appearances from some of the biggest names on Broadway, together with select students from various Newtown choirs and dance groups.
Renowned Broadway performers scheduled to appear include Brian Stokes Mitchell, Linda Eder, Stephen Schwartz, Micky Dolenz, Marc Shaiman, Michael Cerveris, Christine Ebersole, Frank Wildhorn, Paul Scott Goodman, Philip Boykin, Richard Kind, Nikki Blonsky, Mary Testa, Alan Muraoka, Jan Maxwell, Robin De Jesus, Julia Murney, Capathia Jenkins, Janet Metz, Lance Guest, Erik Hayden, Randy Redd, Dan Mills, and Victoria Matlock, Lee Rocker of the Stray Cats as well as members of the touring cast of Sister Act and Muppets and cast members from “Sesame Street”.
The concert event will also feature a stellar Broadway ensemble consisting of Krystle Adams, Lindsay Aster, Rachel Baker, Leslie Becker, Mimi Bessette, Ashley Blanchet, Katie Branden, Corey Brunish, Billy Casey, Mark Chmiel, Andrew Clark, Aaron James Darr, Willie Dee, Hannah Rose DeFlumeri, Janine DiVita, Nicolas Dromard, Demi Fragale, Brian Golub, Carly Robyn Green, Dale Hensley, Curtis Howard, Anthony Johnson, Missy Keene, Richard Koons, Kyshawn Lane, Tony Lawson, K.C. Leiber, Danny Lindgren, Jaygee Macapugay, Rhyn McLemore, Mark Bradley Miller, Thomas Ortiz, Allie Parris, Annie Pasqua, Jenna Pasqua, Jennifer Prescott, Aaron Riesebeck, Emma Ritchie, Brian Charles Rooney, Gabrielle Ruiz, Roland Rusinek, Krista Severeid, Cory Stonebrook, Erin Sullivan, Stewart Tabler, Tiffany Trainer, Price Waldman, Jamie Westberry and Chris Woods.
The benefit concert will be directed by Michael Unger with certain segments directed by Jeff Calhoun and Stephen Nachamie and is produced by Van Dean and Kenny Howard of the Broadway Consortium, Jennifer Isaacson, Ken Mahoney, Sarahbeth Grossman, Bethney Ruggiero, Michael A. Alden, Rob Hinderliter, Yvette Kojic, Dale Badway, Mike Kostel and Meredith Lucio. Jeffrey Saver (End Of The Rainbow) is music directing and conducting an orchestra consisting of many top Broadway musicians. Librettist David Thompson (The Scottsboro Boys, Steel Pier, Chicago) is helping the creative team shape the evening. Cindi Rush Casting is on board as Casting Consultant. Tom Bussey is Technical Supervisor, Tom McPhillips and Mike Rhoads are Scenic Designers, David Agress is Lighting Designer, Kristin Fiebig is Costume Designer, John Petrafesa is Sound Designer and David Bengali is Projection Designer. Zoya Kachadurian is Production Stage Manager.
Tickets were provided at no cost to the families directly affected by the tragedy and any first responders who were at the school that day.
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This benefit event is made possible, in part, by the generous donations from many companies and individuals including: