Matthew Morrison, Rachel Bloom, Wayne Brady and cast members of Hamilton, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and The Band’s Visit will be among the Broadway and TV performers in a one-night-only Florida benefit concert for victims and survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. Some of the songs have been written by MSD students in collaboration with pro composers.
From Broadway With Love: A Benefit Concert For Parkland, USA, announced today, is set for Monday, April 16 at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida. The benefit follows similar From Broadway With Love concerts held after the Pulse nightclub and Sandy Hook shootings.
This time, though, the concert will include some songs that were written by Stoneman Douglas students in collaboration with such pro composers as Joe Iconis, Bobby Cronin, Zoe Sarnak and Drew Gasparini. Additional songs were written solely by the students.
Also planned is a special performance by the dance troupe that once included Jaime Guttenberg, one of the victims of the February 14 shooting. The performance will be in her memory. Several Stoneman Douglas students will speak at the event. A CD and DVD of the concert is planned.
Approximately 10,000 tickets have been donated to the families of MSD students and staff. With royalties and artist fees waived, net proceeds raised will go to Marjory Stoneman Douglas Vicitims’ Fund and Shine MSD (to benefit arts advocacy in the Parkland community).
The list of performers – which is expected to grow in coming weeks – includes: Matthew Morrison (Glee), Rachel Bloom (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), Deborah Cox (The Bodyguard), Wayne Brady (Chicago cast of Hamilton), Kirsten Maldonado (Pentatonix), Noah Galvin (Dear Evan Hansen), Justin Guarini (In Transit), Vincent Rodriquez III (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), Ephraim Sykes (Hamilton), Erich Bergen (Madam Secretary), Christy Altomare (Anastasia), Laura Bell Bundy (Anger Management), Telly Leung (Aladdin), Jordan Donica (My Fair Lady, Hamilton), Donna Lynne Champlin (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), Gabrielle Ruiz (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), Etai Benson (The Band’s Visit), Carrie Manolakos (Mamma Mia), George Salazar (Godspell), Bryan Fenkhart (Waitress National Tour), Charity Angel Dawson (Waitress), Jessica Vosk (Wicked National Tour), Brandon Shapiro and Jake Wildhorn.
The performers will be accompanied by the South Florida Symphony.
Tickets for the event go on sale today. A crowdrise fundraising page has been set up, and ticket information will be available at http://www.FromBroadwayWithLove.org.
The benefit is being produced by Van Dean and Yael Silver (co-producer Once On This Island), both of Broadway Records, along with Joyce Arbucias, Kenny Howard, Andrea Canny and Chris Yakubchik. The performance will be co-directed by Michael Unger (Producing Artistic Director, NewArts in Newtown, CT) and Kenny Howard. Michael J. Moritz Jr. will music direct, and serves as co-music supervisor with Jeff Saver (Moritz and Saver will conduct with lead orchestrations by Kim Scharnberg).
From Broadway With Love: A Benefit Concert For Parkland, USA is presented in partnership with the BB&T Center and is also made possible by the generosity of JetBlue, Broward Center for the Performing Arts and It’s Sugar.