July 03--Last January's "From Broadway With Love" benefit concert at the Palace Theater in Waterbury will be shown on regional public television stations starting Thursday, July 18, it was announced last week.
Broadway producer Van Dean, of Trumbull, pulled the show together in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting as both a fundraiser and an opportunity for theater stars to perform "a concert of healing."
The TV version of the Jan. 28 concert will premiere on the Long Island public television outlet WLIW21 on Thursday, July 18, at 10 p.m. and will be followed by airings on New York City's Channel 13 and Connecticut Public Television on Friday, July 26, at 10 p.m.
The TV special features Tony-winner Brian Stokes Mitchell (of "Kiss Me Kate" and "Ragtime"), Linda Eder (of "Jekyll & Hyde"), and "Assassins" Tony-winner Michael Cerveris.
Norwalk native Robin de Jesus (who was Tony nominated for "La Cage Aux Folles") also performs on the show, along with composers Stephen Schwartz ("Wicked" and "Pippin"), Marc Shaiman ("Hairspray") and Frank Wildhorn ("Jekyll and Hyde").
In addition to the professional performers, the show features more than 300 students from several Newtown dance groups, the Sandy Hook Elementary School third and fourth grades and the Newtown High School Chamber Choir.
The benefit was another testament to the power of social networking, with Van Dean reporting that it was Facebook that brought him together with his collaborator Brett Boles, of Newtown, who has worked on a number of musicals.
Boles reached out to Dean -- who he had met at a theater event -- two days after the mass murder in Newtown.
"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," Dean said.
The producers rounded up 700 volunteers who put the show together in six weeks at the Palace, which donated its facility to the cause.
In addition to his work as a Broadway producer, Dean also runs the Broadway Records label, which will release a CD, BluRay and DVD of "From Broadway With Love" in September. All proceeds will go to the Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation.
Carriage House Arts Center in Norwalk is conducting auditions for the four very juicy roles in Yasmina Reza's recent Broadway hit ,"God of Carnage," on Monday, July 8, and Tuesday, July 9.
The theater is producing the show on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, Sept. 6 to 20. Rehearsals will begin on Monday, July 29.
The play is being directed and produced by Melinda Zupaniotis, who said she is looking for "highly skilled, extremely versatile and ensemble-oriented" actors.
Zupaniotis is asking those who audition to prepare a one- to two-minute monologue or personal story -- comedy or dramedy preferred, but any genre accepted -- that matches the character that most interests the actor.
Those who need help picking a monologue should email the director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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