From Broadway With Love: A Benefit Concert For Sandy Hook [MP3]
From Broadway With Love: A Benefit Concert For Sandy Hook took place on January 28, 2013 and was a concert of healing for the Newtown community where 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. Includes performances by Brian Stokes Mitchell,Linda Eder, Micky Dolenz, Michael Cerveris, Christine Ebersole, Nikki Blonsky, Robin de Jesus, Philip Boykin, Richard Kind, Mary Testa,Capathia Jenkins, Paul Scott Goodman, Janet Metz, cast members from Million Dollar Quartet, the Broadway and touring casts of Sister Act, renowned composers Stephen Schwartz, Marc Shaiman and Frank Wildhorn and select Muppets and cast members of "Sesame Street".
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The benefit concert was directed by Michael Unger (with one segment directed by Stephen Nachamie) 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 (End Of The Rainbow, Sister Act, Chicago) is music director and conducted a 40 piece orchestra consisting of many top Broadway musicians. Librettist David Thompson (The Scottsboro Boys, Steel Pier, Chicago) helped the creative team shape the evening. Cindi Rush Casting acted as Casting Consultant. Tom Bussey served as 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 served as Production Stage Manager.
The concert event also featured a stellar Broadway ensemble consisting of 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.
Michael Kostel (Emmy Award winner) and The Broadway Consortium (Tony Award winner) are executive producers of the video. Bob Conover (Emmy Award winner) directed it. Jeffrey McLaughlin, of Chelsea Post, edited the program and Michael Croiter, of Yellow Sound Label, mixed the concert and is producing the CD.