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FROM BROADWAY WITH LOVE: A BENEFIT CONCERT FOR SANDY HOOK
July 26, 2013  | By David Bianculli

WNET-Ch. 13 NY, 10:00 p.m. ET

 

Less than six weeks after the horrifying shooting at Sandy Hook, CT, the theater communities in nearby Newtown, elsewhere in Connecticut and throughout New York City combined to donate their services and put on a Broadway-level benefit show at the Palace Theatre in Waterbury, CT – “about 20 minutes,” says my longtime friend Jeffrey Saver, the show’s music director, “from where the shootings occurred.” All involved donated their services, and donations are solicited during the public TV broadcast as well. The two-hour event, condensed here as a one-hour special, is described as follows: “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. This commercial-free broadcast version of the concert features Brian Stokes Mitchell, Linda Eder, Stephen Schwartz, Micky Dolenz, Marc Shaiman, Michael Cerveris, Frank Wildhorn, Nikki Blonsky, Alan Muraoka, Robin de Jesus, Ashley Blanchet and Capathia Jenkins, along with Muppets and cast members from Sesame Street. Check local listings.

 
 
 
 
 
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