Matthew Morrison, Christy Altomare Perform at Parkland Benefit
From Broadway With Love raised funds for victims of the Florida school shooting.
Broadway stars held a benefit concert for the victims of the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Monday, April 16.
The concert featured musical performances and special appearances from a variety of Broadway and television stars including Matthew Morrison (Glee), Rachel Bloom (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), Deborah Cox (The Bodyguard), 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 (Legally Blonde), Telly Leung (Aladdin), Jordan Donica (My Fair Lady), Donna Lynne Champlin (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), Etai Benson (The Band's Visit), Carrie Manolakos (Mamma Mia), George Salazar (The Lightning Thief), Bryan Fenkhart (Memphis), Charity Angél Dawson (Waitress), Jessica Vosk (Wicked national tour), Brandon Shapiro, and Jake Wildhorn.
Some of the songs performed were written by Marjory Stoneman Douglas students in collaboration with New York theatrical composers including Joe Iconis, Bobby Cronin, Zoe Sarnak, Drew Gasparini, and more, with additional songs written solely by the students. There was also a special performance in honor of the memory of student Jaime Guttenberg by the dance troupe that she belonged to. Several students spoke at the event as well.
The benefit event was produced by Van Dean and Yael Silver (Once on This Island), both of Broadway Records, together with Joyce Arbucias, Kenny Howard, Andrea Canny, and Chris Yakubchik. The performance was codirected by Michael Unger and Kenny Howard. Michael J. Moritz Jr. served as music director and co-music supervisor with Jeff Saver (Chicago); both conducted with lead orchestrations by Kim Scharnberg. The rest of the creative team included Robin Carus (casting), Jason Haft (project coordinator), Sam Wilmott and Marcus Stevens (creative consultants), Sydney Steele (production stage manager), and Rachel Sussman (project manager).