Broadway-Themed Sandy Hook Concert To Air This Month

Brian Stokes Mitchell

Brian Stokes Mitchell

A special concert, “From Broadway with Love: A Benefit Concert for Sandy Hook,” will air on PBS stations in the New York City tri-state area this month. WLIW21 will air the hour-long broadcast version of the concert on July 18 at 10pm, with WNET/13 and CPTV showing it at 10pm on July 26, and NJTV broadcasting it on July 30 at 10pm.

Originally taped at the Palace Theater in Waterbury, Connecticut this past January, “From Broadway With Love” was designed as a way for the Broadway community to show its support for the Newtown community in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting. Students from Sandy Hook Elementary, the Newtown High School Chamber Choir, and from a number of Newtown dance groups took part.

Broadway stars featured in the benefit concert include performers Brian Stokes Mitchell (Ragtime) and Linda Eder, Broadway composers Stephen Schwartz, Frank Wildhorn, and Marc Shaiman, and many other Broadway notables. “Seasons of Love” (Rent), “Beautiful City” (Godspell), “Somewhere” (West Side Story), “You Can’t Stop the Beat” (Hairspray), and “The Impossible Dream” (Man of La Mancha) are among the Broadway songs performed during the concert.

All proceeds from the benefit concert have gone to the Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation.

Broadway Benefit Concert For Sandy Hook Planned for January 28

Brian Stokes Mitchell

Brian Stokes Mitchell

Broadway stars are coming out for From Broadway with Love: A Benefit Concert for Sandy Hook, which will be held at the Palace Theater in Waterbury, Connecticut on January 28 at 7:00pm. This special event will put performers from the New York theater world alongside students from Newtown based dance groups and choirs.

The Broadway actors and singers scheduled to participate in From Broadway with Love: A Benefit Concert for Sandy Hook include Brian Stokes Mitchell, Linda Eder, Michael Cerveris, Christine Ebersole, Richard Kind, Andrea McArdle, Nikki Blonsky, Robin de Jesus, Julia Murney, Micky Dolenz, and Seth Rudetsky, along with Wicked composer/lyricist Stephen Schwartz, Jekyll & Hyde composer Frank Wildhorn, Hairspray composer Marc Shaiman, and members from the casts of former Broadway show Million Dollar Quartet.

The idea of a Broadway benefit concert for Sandy Hook was conceived by Broadway producer Van Dean and Foreverman author Brett Boles, who both come from the Newtown area. Dean stated that “The outpouring of love and support from the Broadway community has been 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 provides them with the perfect outlet to do so.”

The Palace Theater, which seats more than 2,500 people, will be filled mostly with impacted families, members of the Sandy Hook Elementary community, and first responders, who are invited to enjoy this night of entertainment for free. But there will also be a limited number of tickets sold for $50-$250. Visit www.FromBroadwayWithLove.org for more information.