“From Broadway With Love: A Benefit Concert For Sandy Hook” To Air On Select Public Television Stations his July starring 300 Newtown Student Performers & Over 100 Broadway Performers

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 From Broadway With Love:
A Benefit Concert For Sandy Hook
To Air On Select Public Television Stations This July
STARRING
300 NEWTOWN STUDENT PERFORMERS and
OVER 100 BROADWAY PERFORMERS

From Broadway With Love: A Benefit Concert For Sandy Hook, which took place on January 28, 2013, at the Palace Theater in Waterbury, Connecticut, 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 p.m on WLIW21, Friday, July 26 at 10 p.m. on THIRTEEN and CPTV, and Tuesday, July 30 at 10 p.m. 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 3rd and 4th grades and the Newtown High School Chamber Choir.

This commercial-free broadcast version of the concert features renowned Broadway performers including Brian Stokes Mitchell (Tony Award winner: Kiss Me Kate, 3-time Tony Award nominee), Linda Eder (Jekyll & Hyde), Stephen Schwartz (6-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, 4-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), Capathia Jenkins (Newsies, Caroline, Or Change), along with Muppets and cast members from Sesame Street.

Brett Boles and Van Dean (co-conceivers of 'From Broadway With Love') .Photo by Brent Durken
Brett Boles and Van Dean (co-conceivers of ‘From Broadway With Love’). Photo by Brent Durken

Brett Boles, author of the musical Foreverman, and Broadway producer Van Dean, both from the Newtown area, are the original conceivers of the benefit concert.  It all started with a Facebook message on December 16th, 2 days after the tragedy, from Brett, the emerging musical theater writer, to Van, the Tony Award-winning producer, after meeting at a theater industry event.  “After Brett suggested the notion of a benefit concert to me, I immediately posted a note on my Facebook page looking for volunteers. Within a few hours I had 100 responses and knew that this would become something very special,” noted Dean.

Six weeks and seven hundred volunteers later, the concert took place at the Palace Theater in Waterbury, CT 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. “The outpouring of love and support from the Broadway community was incredibly heartwarming, and everyone was looking for a way they could use their talents to bring something positive to the community. From Broadway With Love provided them with the perfect outlet to do so.”

Michael Kostel (Emmy Award winner) and The Broadway Consortium (Tony Award winner) are executive producers of the broadcast. Bob Conover (Emmy Award winner) directed it. John Servidio (Emmy Award winner) is the Executive in Charge for WLIW21. Jeffrey McLaughlin, of Chelsea Post, edited the program and Michael Croiter, of Yellow Sound Label, mixed the concert and is producing the CD. In September, the CD, BluRay and DVD of the two-hour concert will be released by Broadway Records.  All proceeds will go to support the Newtown-Sandy Hook community via the Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation.

Song list in the hour-long program:

"Seasons of Love": Robin de Jesus and the 'From Broadway With Love' Choir Photo by T. Charles Erickson..
“Seasons of Love”: Robin de Jesus and the ‘From Broadway With Love’ Choir. Photo by T. Charles Erickson..

“Seasons of Love”
Music & Lyrics by: Jonathan Larson
Arrangement & Orchestration by: Tim Weil
Performed by: Robin De Jesus, Ashley Blanchet, From Broadway With Love Chorus.

Sandy Hook Elementary School 3rd and 4th grade, teachers and 'From Broadway With Love' creative team  Photo by Darren Wagner..
Sandy Hook Elementary School 3rd and 4th grade, teachers and ‘From Broadway With Love’ creative team. Photo by Darren Wagner.

“Sandy Hook School Song”
Music by: John Philip Sousa
Lyrics by: Maryrose Kristopik, Andy Spencer
Performed by: Sandy Hook Elementary School 3rd and 4th Grade classes (2012/2013 school year).

Stephen Schwartz singing "Beautiful City"  Photo by Darren Wagner.
Stephen Schwartz singing “Beautiful City.” Photo by Darren Wagner.

“Beautiful City”
Music & Lyrics by: Stephen Schwartz
Performed by: Stephen Schwartz.

Brett Boles singing his song, "Still"  Photo by Darren Wagner.
Brett Boles singing his song, “Still.” Photo by Darren Wagner.

“Still”
Music & Lyrics by: Brett Boles
Vocal arrangement by: Jeffrey Saver
Orchestration by: Stephen Ferri, Andrew Fox & Adam Michael Kaufman
Segment directed by: Stephen Nachamie
Choreographed by: Nick Kepley
Performed by: Brett Boles, From Broadway With Love Chorus
Danced by: Shanna Heverly and K.C. Fredericks.

Michael Cerveris and Newtown High School Chamber Choir Photo by Grace Rainer Long.
Michael Cerveris and Newtown High School Chamber Choir. Photo by Grace Rainer Long.

 “Finishing the Hat”
Music & Lyrics by: Stephen Sondheim
Orchestration by: Michael Starobin
Performed by: Michael Cerveris.

  “Sunday”
Music & Lyrics by: Stephen Sondheim
Orchestration by: Michael Starobin
Performed by: Michael Cerveris, Newtown High School Chamber Choir, and the From Broadway With Love Chorus.

Jane Matson and Newtown High School Chamber Choir Photo by T. Charles Erickson.
Jane Matson and Newtown High School Chamber Choir. Photo by T. Charles Erickson.

 “Somewhere”
Music by: Leonard Bernstein
Lyrics by: Stephen Sondheim
Arrangement by: Robert Edgerton
Performed by: Newtown High School Chamber Choir.

Bob McGrath and Rosita  Photo by Grace Rainer Long.
Bob McGrath and Rosita. Photo by Grace Rainer Long.

  “Just One Person”
Music by: Larry Grossman
Lyrics by: Hal Hackady
Performed by: Sesame Street Performers, and From Broadway With Love Chorus.

Nikki Blonsky and Newtown Girls (L to R: Hailey Avari, Lauren Smiley, Lauren Jacobs, Devyn Reilly and Meghan Bailey). Photo by Grace Rainer Long.
Nikki Blonsky and Newtown Girls (L to R: Hailey Avari, Lauren Smiley, Lauren Jacobs, Devyn Reilly and Meghan Bailey). Photo by Grace Rainer Long.

“Good Morning Baltimore”
Music by: Marc Shaiman
Lyrics by: Marc Shaiman & Scott Whittman
Performed by: Nikki Blonsky and the From Broadway With Love Chorus with Marc Shaiman at the piano.

"You Can't Stop The Beat" (Nikki Blonsky, Brooke Tansley, 72 Newtown Dancers) Photo by Grace Rainer Long.
“You Can’t Stop The Beat” (Nikki Blonsky, Brooke Tansley, 72 Newtown Dancers). Photo by Grace Rainer Long.

“You Can’t Stop The Beat”
Music by: Marc Shaiman
Lyrics by: Marc Shaiman & Scott Whittman
Performed by: Nikki Blonsky, Brooke Tansley, Micky Dolenz, Capathia Jenkins, 72 Newtown Dancers & From Broadway With Love Chorus with Marc Shaiman at the piano.

Brian Stokes Mitchell singing "The Impossible Dream." Photo by Brent Durken.
Brian Stokes Mitchell singing “The Impossible Dream.” Photo by Brent Durken.

  “The Impossible Dream”
Music by: Mitch Leigh
Lyrics by: Joe Darion
Orchestration by: Phil Reno
Performed by: Brian Stokes Mitchell.

Capathia Jenkins singing "Finding Wonderland." Photo by Brent Durken.
Capathia Jenkins singing “Finding Wonderland.” Photo by Brent Durken.

“Finding Wonderland”
Music by: Frank Wildhorn
Lyrics by: Jack Murphy
Performed by: Capathia Jenkins and the From Broadway With Love Chorus with Frank Wildhorn at the piano.

Linda Eder singing "If I Had My Way." Photo by Grace Rainer Long
Linda Eder singing “If I Had My Way.” Photo by Grace Rainer Long

“If I Had My Way”
Music by: Frank Wildhorn
Lyrics by: Jack Murphy
Performed by: Linda Eder and the From Broadway With Love Chorus with Frank Wildhorn at the piano.

Finale - Cast and Sandy Hook Elementary School students (on video screen). Photo by Grace Rainer Long.
“Finale”with Cast and Sandy Hook Elementary School students (on video screen). Photo by Grace Rainer Long.

“One Voice”
Music & Lyrics by: Barry Manilow
Vocal arrangement by: Jeffrey Saver
Orchestration by: Kim Scharnberg
Performed by: From Broadway With Love Company & Sandy Hook Elementary School 3rd and 4th Grade classes (2012/2013 school year). 

Additional principal performers on the full version of the concert include Christine Ebersole (Tony Award winner: Grey Gardens), Paul Scott Goodman (Rooms, Bright Lights Big City), Philip Boykin (Tony Award nominee: The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess), Richard Kind (The Producers, TV’s Mad About You), Mary Testa (Guys and Dolls, Xanadu), Julia Murney (Wicked, Lennon), Janet Metz (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Falsettoland) 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 (End Of The Rainbow, Sister Act, Chicago) is music director and conducted a 40 piece orchestra consisting of many top Broadway musicians. Librettist David Thompson (The Scottsboro Boys, Steel Pier, Chicago) helped the creative team shape the evening. Cindi Rush Casting acted as Casting Consultant. Tom Bussey served as 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 served as Production Stage Manager.

This benefit concert was made possible, in part, by the generous donations from many companies and individuals including All Mobile Video, Chelsea Post, Atomic Design, Bermuda Limousine International, The Palace Theater of Waterbury CT, PRG, production glue llc, Atomic Rental, Ken & Trish Mahoney, Sound Associates, Strategic Event Design, WorldStage, Consulting for a Cause, Evolution Industries, Department of Events (D.O.E), Mahoney Asset Management, One Dream Sound, Record Plant, Shaboo Productions, St Regis Deer Valley Utah, Sterling Affair Catering, New York Yankees, Yellow Sound Lab, Anthony Augliera Moving & Storage, Best Trails & Travel, Bernard & Sarah Boisseau/Bernard’s Restaurant of Ridgefield, Broadway Records, Crowne Plaza of Southbury, Marriott Courtyard of Waterbury CT, Rapid Press, Rose Brand, Michael Ashendorf and Travel Techsperts, Chemtura Corporation, CP Communications, Julie Manfredi, Bonnie O’Sullivan, Marcus Miller, National Football League, Lynn Negron/Weenie Lynn’s, Pret a Manger, Printech NYC, Russian Standard Vodka, The Ardian Group and Jeff Shelton, Tasty Chicken of Brooklyn, The Silent Orchestra, Big Y, Carroll Music, Coca Cola Refreshments USA, LampLust, Nola Studios, Ripley Grier Studios, Springworks, Haley Swindal, Vita Coco Coconut Water, Waterbury School Arts Management D.O.E, Tickets.com, Big Y, SpotLight Awards, Pepsi-Cola of Bristol, Tasty Bagels of Brooklyn, Crystal Rock®, Entrees & Encores, RM Bradley, Delta Air Lines, Hornblower Cruises, Bedlam Theatre Company, Contemporary Services Corporation, Show Lighting Corp, Holy Cross High School, Litchfield Piano Works, Diversified Building Services, Waterbury Arts Magnet School, YoCrunch Yogurt Company, Domick and Pia, Spice, Diorio’s, Dottie’s, and LG Electronics.

LINKS

From Broadway With Love: A Benefit Concert for Sandy Hook Video Interviews and Highlights.

From Broadway With Love: A Benefit Concert for Sandy Hook facebook page.

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  1. Congratulations to you all! Love wins, every time. Looking forward to the televised show. God bless.

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