“From Broadway With Love: A Benefit Concert For Sandy Hook”, which took place on January 28, at the Palace Theater in Waterbury, , will soon be airing on select public television stations throughout the tri-state area.
An hour-long version of the concert will premiere Thursday, July 18, at 10 pm, on WLIW21; Friday, July 26, at 10 pm, on THIRTEEN and CPTV; and Tuesday, July 30, at 10 pm, on NJTV.
“From Broadway With Love” was a concert of healing for the Newtown community where composers, musicians and more than 100 stars of Broadway came together with over 300 students from several Newtown dance groups, the Sandy Hook Elementary School third and fourth grades, and the Newtown High School Chamber Choir.
The commercial-free broadcast version of the concert will feature renowned Broadway performers including Brian Stokes Mitchell (Tony Award winner: Kiss Me Kate, three -time Tony Award nominee), Linda Eder (Jekyll & Hyde), Stephen Schwartz (six-time Tony Award nominee including Wicked, Pippin and Godspell), Micky Dolenz (Aida, member of The Monkees), Marc Shaiman (Tony Award winner: Hairspray, TV’s “SMASH”), Michael Cerveris (Tony Award winner: Assassins, four-time Tony Award nominee including Evita and Sweeney Todd), Frank Wildhorn (Tony Award nominee: Bonnie & Clyde and Civil War, Jekyll & Hyde), Nikki Blonsky (Golden Globe nominee: Hairspray movie), Alan Muraoka (Pacific Overtures, TV’s “Sesame Street”), Robin de Jesus (Tony Award nominee: La Cage Aux Folles and In The Heights), Ashley Blanchet (Annie, Memphis), and Capathia Jenkins (Newsies, Caroline, Or Change), along with Muppets and cast members from Sesame Street.
Brett Boles, author of the musical Foreverman, and Broadway producer Van Dean, both from the Newtown area, conceived of the benefit concert on December 16. Six weeks and 700 volunteers later, the concert took place thanks to the generosity of the volunteers and sponsors who provided the theater, transportation, lighting and sound equipment, set elements, food and the majority of the other resources needed to put on the show.
Plans are in the works for a two-hour CD, BluRay and DVD edition of the full concert to be released in September by Broadway Records. All proceeds will go the Newtown-Sandy Hook community via The Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation.
The song list for the public television program includes “Seasons of Love,” from Rent, performed by Robin De Jesus, Ashley Blanchet, From Broadway With Love Chorus; “Sandy Hook School Song,” performed by The Sandy Hook Elementary School 3rd and 4th Grade classes (2012-13 school year); “Beautiful City,” from Godspell, by Stephen Schwartz, to be performed by the composer; “Still,” music and lyrics by Brett Boles, performed by Mr Boles and The From Broadway With Love Chorus, accompanied by dancers Shanna Heverly and K.C. Fredericks.
Also, “Finishing the Hat,” from Sunday in the Park with George, performed by Michael Cerveris; “Sunday,” performed by Michael Cerveris, Newtown High School Chamber Choir and From Broadway With Love Chorus; “Somewhere,” from West Side Story, performed by Newtown High School Chamber Choir; “Just One Person,” music by Larry Grossman, lyrics by Hal Hackady, performed by Sesame Street Performers and From Broadway With Love Chorus.
Also, “Good Morning Baltimore,” from Hairspray, performed by: Nikki Blonsky and the From Broadway With Love Chorus with Marc Shaiman at the piano; “You Can’t Stop The Beat,” also from Hairspray, performed by Nikki Blonsky, Brooke Tansley, Micky Dolenz, Capathia Jenkins, 72 Newtown dancers and From Broadway With Love Chorus with Marc Shaiman at the piano; “The Impossible Dream,” performed by Brian Stokes Mitchell; “Finding Wonderland,” from Wonderland, performed by Capathia Jenkins and the From Broadway With Love Chorus with Frank Wildhorn at the piano; “If I Had My Way (Remembering 9/11),” performed by Linda Eder and the From Broadway With Love Chorus with Frank Wildhorn at the piano; “One Voice,” performed by From Broadway With Love Company and Sandy Hook Elementary School 3rd and 4th Grade classes.
Additional principal performers on the full version of the concert include Christine Ebersole, Paul Scott Goodman, Philip Boykin, Richard Kind, Mary Testa, Julia Murney and Janet Metz, as well as members from various casts of Million Dollar Quartet, Lance Guest, Erik Hayden, Randy Redd, Dan Mills, Victoria Matlock, featuring Lee Rocker of the Stray Cats and members of the Broadway and touring casts of Sister Act.
The concert event also featured a stellar Broadway ensemble consisting of Krystle Adams, Lindsay Aster, Rachel Baker, Leslie Becker, Mimi Bessette, Brett Boles, Katie Branden, Corey Brunish, Billy Casey, Mark Chmiel, Andrew Clark, Aaron James Darr, Willie Dee, Hannah Rose DeFlumeri, Demi Fragale, Brian Golub, Carly Robyn Green, 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, as well as Pas de Deux dancers: K.C. Fredericks and Shanna Heverly.
The benefit concert was directed by Michael Unger (with one segment directed by Stephen Nachamie) and was 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 was music director and conducted a 40 piece orchestra consisting of many top Broadway musicians. Librettist David Thompson helped the creative team shape the evening.