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From Broadway With Love: A Benefit Concert for Sandy Hook a blessing 100%

From Broadway With Love, en mass
From Broadway With Love, en mass
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Broadway Records is blessed.
And they are spreading 100% of the blessings to a some community in the country.
From Broadway With Love: A Benefit Concert for Sandy Hook will be released on DVD (February 4), Blu-Ray (February 18), as a two-CD set (February 4) and as two volumes digitally via iTunes (February 7). Broadway Records will donate 100% of its profits from the all sales to support the Newtown-Sandy Hook community via the Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation.
From Broadway With Love: A Benefit Concert for Sandy Hook 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 third and fourth grades (2012/2013 school year) and the Newtown High School Chamber Choir (2012/2013 school year). The concert, which took place on January 28, 2013, at the Palace Theater in Waterbury, Connecticut.
Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain 9 special features on the making of the concert and behind the scenes footage.
The deluxe CD release includes 68 pages of photos from the concert and essays from the creative team.
The concert featured 456 famous performers, so we get to name our faves: Brian Stokes Mitchell (who sings "The Impossible Dream," already bringing up to tears), Linda Eder, Micky Dolenz, Michael Cerveris, Christine Ebersole and Mary Testa.
Brett Boles, author of the musical Foreverman, and Broadway producer Van Dean, both from the Newtown area, were the men who conceived the idea for the benefit. It started with a Facebook message on December 16, two days after the tragedy, from Brett, the emerging musical theater writer, to Van, the Tony Award-winning producer, after meeting 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," recalls Dean. "Within a few hours I had 100 responses and knew that this would become something very special.”
Six weeks and seven hundred volunteers later, the concert took place at the Palace Theater in Waterbury, Connecticut thanks to the generosity of the volunteers and sponsors who provided the theater, transportation, lighting and sound equipment, set elements, food and the majority of the other resources needed to put on the show.
Adds Van: “The outpouring of love and support from the Broadway community was 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 provided them with the perfect outlet to do so.”
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