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.

Broadway Cabaret Festival To Take Town Hall in October

Linda Eder

Broadway and cabaret have always had an intimate relationship, given that many of New York City’s most talented singers often travel between both worlds.  The Broadway Cabaret Festival will give many of these fine performers a chance to shine in a series of events scheduled in mid-to-late October at The Town Hall in midtown.

With a new Jekyll & Hyde (starring Constantine Maroulis) soon on its way to Broadway, it is interesting to see that there will be a reunion of sorts of the original Jekyll & Hyde cast on October 13, when Linda Eder presents her concert “A New Life” as a part of the festival.  Her former Jekyll & Hyde co-stars Robert Cuccioli and Christiane Noll will both be making guest appearances in the show.

The centerpiece of the Broadway Cabaret Festival will be “Broadway Originals”, a concert that will be held on October 21.  “Broadway Originals” will give the audience a chance to see Broadway stars sing songs that they introduced in the original productions or revivals of Broadway musicals.  Currently Alice Ripley, Chad Kimball, Tovah Feldshuh, Bob Martin, Matt Cavenaugh, Karen Ziemba, and Mandy Gonzalez are scheduled to participate.

The Broadway Cabaret Festival will conclude on October 26 with the concert “The Best of Broadway By the Year,” which will showcase the talents of many Broadway and cabaret performers, including Noah Racey, Christine Andreas, Beth Leavel, Kerry O’Malley, Karen Akers, and many more.

You can get tickets for Broadway Cabaret Festival events here.