From Broadway With Love: A Benefit Concert for Sandy Hook Will Air on PBS in NYC Area in July
By Andrew Gans
From Broadway With Love: A Benefit Concert for Sandy Hook, which was presented Jan. 28 at the Palace Theater in Waterbury, CT, will air on select PBS stations throughout the tri-state area in July.
An hour-long version of the concert will premiere July 18 at 10 PM on WLIW21, July 26 at 10 PM on WNET/13 and CPTV and July 30 at 10 PM on NJTV.
The January performance was a concert of healing for the Newtown community: 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 Brian Stokes Mitchell, Linda Eder, Stephen Schwartz, Micky Dolenz, Marc Shaiman, Michael Cerveris, Frank Wildhorn, Nikki Blonsky, Alan Muraoka, Robin de Jesus, Ashley Blanchet and Capathia Jenkins 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, were the original conceivers of the benefit concert. Michael Kostel and The Broadway Consortium are executive producers of the broadcast. Bob Conover directed it. John Servidio 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 for the hour-long program follows:
"Sandy Hook School Song"
“Finishing the Hat”
“Just One Person”
"Good Morning Baltimore"
"You Can’t Stop The Beat"
“The Impossible Dream”
"If I Had My Way"
Additional principal performers on the full version of the concert include Christine Ebersole, Paul Scott Goodman, Philip Boykin, Richard Kind, Mary Testa, Julia Murney, Janet Metz, members from various casts of Million Dollar Quartet (Lance Guest, Erik Hayden, Randy Redd, Dan Mills, Victoria Matlock), Lee Rocker of the Stray Cats and members of the Broadway and touring casts of Sister Act.
The ensemble included 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 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.
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