I continue to be amazed at the tremendous outpouring of support for our community following the tragedy in Sandy Hook. On January 28, Broadway stars turned out en masse at the Palace Theater in Waterbury for an amazing night of entertainment and healing.
From Broadway with Love: A Concert to Benefit Sandy Hook was the brainchild of Broadway producer Van Dean. Many of Broadway’s top entertainers performed songs from their shows, including Hairspray, Rent, Wicked, Godspell, Chicago and Evita, with back up from an an all-star Broadway orchestra. Students from Sandy Hook schools also took the stage to perform, including the high school choir and a dance team.
I appreciated the evening because it gave everyone a moment to pause and be cared for through music and dance. We know for many in the audience and throughout Newtown, that it was only a pause. That life is forever changed.
In all, more than 700 volunteers made the evening an inspiring, loving, and empowering experience for the entire Newtown community. Close to 2,500 people attended the show – more than 1,000 of them the teachers and families of Sandy Hook Elementary School. I want to thank everyone involved in this wonderful and memorable event, most especially Van Dean, Brett Boles, Michael Unger, Jeffery Saver, and the many performers who stepped up to offer their talents in support of Newtown.
It was a very special night and one I shall always treasure!