Also incorporated into the evening will be some very special video greetings from shows currently running on Broadway as well as Oscar nominee Anne Hathaway plus Ricki Lake, Marissa Jaret Winokur and more surprises.
Brett Boles, author of the musical Foreverman, and Broadway producer Van Dean, both from the Newtown area, are the original conceivers of the benefit concert. It all started with a Facebook message from Brett, the emerging musical theater writer, to Van, the Tony Award-winning producer he had previously met at a theater industry event. "After Brett suggested the notion of a benefit concert to me, I immediately posted a note on my Facebook page looking for volunteers. Within a few hours I had 100 responses and knew that this would become something very special," noted Dean. "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 benefit concert will be directed by Michael Unger with certain segments directed by Jeff Calhoun and Stephen Nachamie and is 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 (End Of The Rainbow) is music directing and conducting an orchestra consisting of many top Broadway musicians. Librettist David Thompson (The Scottsboro Boys, Steel Pier, Chicago) is helping the creative team shape the evening. Cindi Rush Casting is on board as Casting Consultant. Tom Bussey is Technical Supervisor, Tom McPhillips and Mike Rhoads are Scenic Designers, David Agress is Lighting Designer, Kristin Fiebig is Costume Designer, John Petrafesa is Sound Designer and David Bengali is Projection Designer. Zoya Kachadurian is Production Stage Manager.
From Broadway With Love provides a free night of entertainment for the impacted families, first responders, and the Sandy Hook Elementary community. The Palace Theatre seats approximately 2,600 and a limited number of tickets will be on sale to the public beginning January 7th, 2013 at 10:00 am. These tickets range from $50 to $250. To purchase tickets or make a tax-deductible donation, please visit our website at http://www.FromBroadwayWithLove.org. Contact Ken Mahoney at 914-419-3762 or email@example.com for information on how be become a corporate sponsor.
This benefit event is made possible, in part, by the generous donations from many companies and individuals including Bermuda Limousine International, production glue, llc, Strategic Event Design, the Palace Theater of Waterbury, PRG, World Stage, All Mobile Video, Atomic Rental, Atomic Design, Department of Events (D.O.E), Sound Associates, Shaboo Productions, Consulting for a Cause, Nola Studios, Ripley Grier Studios, Yellow Sound Lab, Rapid Press, One Dream Sound, Anthony Augliera Moving & Storage, Rose Brand, LampLust, The Silent Orchestra, St Regis Deer Valley Utah, Springworks, Big Y World Class Market, Sterling Affair Catering, Pret a Manger, Russian Standard Vodka and more. Please see http://www.FromBroadwayWithLove.org for a full list.