The July 25 concert From Broadway With Love: A Benefit Concert for Orlando, which brought together some of Broadway’s biggest stars to support the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida, Hope and Help Center and Zebra Coalition, raised more than $60,000 via ticket sales and an online auction.
The concert, which sold out within two hours of tickets going on sale, took place at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Over 300 tickets were provided at no cost to Pulse employees and others who were affected by the mass shooting that occurred at Pulse nightclub June 11.
A live recording of the event, available on CD, DVD and Blu-ray, is available for pre-order at broadwayrecords.com.
The star-studded line-up included Chita Rivera (two-time Tony Award winner), Norbert Leo Butz (two-time Tony Award winner), Kelli O’Hara (Tony Award winner), Jessie Mueller (Tony Award winner, currently in Waitress), Brian Stokes Mitchell (Tony Award Winner, recently in Shuffle Along), Lillias White (Tony Award winner), Darren Criss (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Glee), Carmen Cusack (Bright Star), Andrea McArdle (original Annie), Liz Callaway (Miss Saigon), Joshua Henry (Shuffle Along), Keala Settle (Waitress), Anika Larsen (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical), Justin Sargent (Spider Man: Turn Off the Dark), Carrie Manolakos (Mamma Mia!), Lilla Crawford (Disney’s Into the Woods, Annie on Broadway), Wilson Cruz (My So-Called Life, Rent) and Priscilla Lopez (created Morales in A Chorus Line), as well as SiriusXM Broadway hosts Seth Rudetsky and Christine Pedi. Michael J. Moritz, Jr. (Tony Award nominee) served as Music Director. The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra accompanied the performers.
The Orlando benefit concert was co-produced by Imagine Orlando, LLC (comprising Tony Award winner Kenny Howard of Florida Theatrical Assoc., Joyce Arbucias of The Imagination House, Andrea Canny of PerformerStuff.com, Chris Yakubchik of Forster Boughman and Lefkowitz), Seth Rudetsky, James Wesley, Michael J. Moritz, Jr. and Broadway Records (Van Dean, Tony Award-winning/Grammy-nominated producer/co-conceiver of the first From Broadway With Love: A Benefit Concert for Sandy Hook).
From Broadway With Love: A Benefit Concert for Orlando was created by Seth Rudetsky, Kenny Howard and James Wesley; directed by Kenny Howard; written by Michael Wanzie with musical direction by Michael J. Moritz, Jr.
For more information visit Frombroadwaywithlove.org.