This Monday, January 28th, there will be a benefit concert for the Newtown, CT families and first responders called, To Newtown, From Broadway with Love. It will be held at the Palace Theater in Waterbury, CT beginning at 7:00 p.m. All proceeds and donations from the benefit will go to United Way of Western Connecticut’s Sandy Hook School Support Fund.
I will be attending the dress rehearsal that day along with the concert that night. I will be utilizing my Twitter account, stuonbroadway, to continuously tweet about the performances, venue, reactions, and my interviews with the Broadway stars lending their support. The list of Broadway artists include Tony winner Brian Stokes Mitchel, Linda Eder, composers Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell) and Frank Wildhorn (Bonnie & Clyde and Civil War, Jekyll & Hyde). Tony winners Michael Cerveris and Christine Ebersole will perform, along with Micky Dolenz (of The Monkees), Andrea McArdle (the original Annie), Nikki Blonsky (Hairspray movie), and Robin de Jesus (In the Heights). There will also be a special video message from Anne Hathaway.
For the past two weeks I have interviewed individuals taking part in and organizing the concert. This included Van Dean, a Broadway producer and one of the original conceivers of the production. “The outpouring of love and support from the Broadway community has been incredibly heartwarming,” noted Dean, “and everyone was looking for a way they could use their talents to bring something positive to the community. From Broadway With Love provides them with the perfect outlet to do so.” Two days after the tragedy in Newtown, Dean posted a message on his Facebook looking for people to put on a show. Within hours over 100 Broadway performers, composers, and musicians had responded.
There are some tickets still available to the public. These tickets range from $50.00 to $250.00. To purchase tickets or make a tax-deductible donation, you can visit their website at http://www.FromBroadwayWithLove.org. For people that cannot attend the benefit concert I hope you will follow this extraordinary event via my Twitter feed.