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Park Conservancy Celebrates At The Governor’s House

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knox1knox3If you hear hammering and such over at Elizabeth Park this summer, embrace it. Some really good restoration will be going on at one the area’s most treasured sites.

The Elizabeth Park Conservancy held a little soiree at the Governor’s Mansion in Hartford Tuesday announcing the start of a multi-year restoration plan that will give six historic buildings on the park grounds a long-needed facelift.

“It will just be Phase 1,” explained board member Kathleen Kraczkowsky, noting the 19th century buildings including the greenhouse and caretaker’s building will be among those getting some interior and exterior upgrades as part of the project.

The reception attracted a well-known crowd including Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra and his husband Charlie Ortiz, New Britain Museum of American Art executive dknox2irector Douglas Hyland and The First Tee director David Polk.

And while the restoration of the buildings was welcome news, there was other news that happens next week.

“We’ll be dedicating the new playground at the park in honor for Ana Grace Marquez-Greene on April 4,” said Kraczkowsky.

The then six-year-old was one of the 20 children killed the Sandy Hook School massacre in 2012. The Hartford playground is part of a project to establish parks to commemorate each one of the children and educators who were killed in the tragedy in Newtown. April 4 would have also been the youngster’s 8th birthday. Ana Grace’s parents, saxophonist Jimmy Greene and Nelba Marquez, both graduated from the University of Hartford and chose Elizabeth Park as the location for the playground honoring their daughter.

The playground will be located on the east lawn of the park.


Broadway Steps Up On Palace Stage for Newtown

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palaceA host of Broadway celebs will step onto Waterbury’s Palace Theater stage at the end of this month to benefit the Sandy Hook Support Fund.

Take a look:

“On December 14, 2012, tragedy struck Sandy Hook Elementary School and our nation mourned with the residents of Newtown, Connecticut. As the town slowly attempts to recover, Broadway stars, producers, writers, and directors will lend their voices in support. “From Broadway with Love: A Benefit Concert For Sandy Hook” will take place on January 28, 2013 at 7:00 pm at the Palace Theater in Waterbury, CT, 20 minutes from Newtown. All proceeds and donations will go to United Way of Western Connecticut’s Sandy Hook School Support Fund.

“From Broadway With Love: A Benefit Concert For Sandy Hook” will feature song, dance, and other appearances from some of the biggest names on Broadway, together with select students from various Newtown choirs and dance groups.

Renowned Broadway performers scheduled to appear include Brian Stokes Mitchell (Tony Award winner: Kiss Me Kate, 3-time Tony Award nominee), Linda Eder (Jekyll & Hyde), Stephen Schwartz (6-time Tony Award nominee, Wicked, Godspell), Micky Dolenz (Aida, member of The Monkees), Marc Shaiman (Tony Award winner: Hairspray, TV’s SMASH), Michael Cerveris (Tony Award winner for Assassins, 4-time Tony Award nominee, Evita, Sweeney Todd), Christine Ebersole (Tony Award winner: Grey Gardens), Frank Wildhorn (Tony Award nominated: Bonnie & Clyde and Civil War, Jekyll & Hyde), Philip Boykin (Tony Award nominee: The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess), Richard Kind (The Producers, TV’s Mad About You), Andrea McArdle (Tony Award nominee: Annie, Les Miserables), Nikki Blonsky (Hairspray movie), Alan Muraoka (Pacific Overtures, TV’s Sesame Street), Jan Maxwell (5-time Tony Award nominee including Follies), Robin de Jesus (Tony Award nominee: La Cage Aux Folles and In The Heights), Seth Rudetsky (The Ritz), Julia Murney (Wicked, Lennon), Isabela Moner (Evita), as well as members from various casts of Million Dollar Quartet: Lance Guest, Erik Hayden, Randy Redd, Dan Mills, and Victoria Matlock. More performers will be announced soon and artists are subject to change.

The benefit concert will be directed by Michael Unger with certain segments directed by Jeff Calhoun, Stephen Nachamie, David Lee and Daisy Prince and is produced by Van Dean and Kenny Howard of the Broadway Consortium, Jennifer Isaacson, Ken Mahoney, Sarahbeth Grossman, Bethney Ruggiero, Michael A. Alden, Rob Hinderliter and Yvette Kojic. Jeffrey Saver (End Of The Rainbow) is music directing and conducting an orchestra consisting of many top Broadway musicians. Librettist David Thompson (The Scottsboro Boys, Steel Pier, Chicago) is helping the creative team shape the show. Cindi Rush Casting is on board as Casting Consultant. Tom Bussey is Technical Supervisor, John Petrafesa is Sound Designer, David Agress is Lighting Designer and Tom McPhillips is Scenic Designer. Zoya Kachadurian is Production Stage Manager.

From Broadway With Love  will also be a  free night of entertainment for the affected families, first responders, and the Sandy Hook Elementary School community. The Palace Theater seats approximately 2,600 and a limited number of tickets are now on sale to the general public.  Ticket prices  range from $50 to $250.

To purchase tickets or make a tax-deductible donation, please visit www.FromBroadwayWithLove.org. Contact Ken Mahoney at 914-419-3762 or sponsorship@frombroadwaywithlove.org for information on how to become a corporate sponsor.”


Hartford Stage Collecting For Sandy Hook

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So very many collection efforts are underway to benefit the families of the Sandy Hook shootings, as well as Sandy Hook Elementary School where the tragedy took place.

Hartford Stage has announced it too is launching a benefit collection campaign.

Donations for the Sandy Hook United Way Fund to support the victims of the tragedy can be made in the theater lobby during all remaining performances of A Christmas Carol.

The production continues through Dec. 29. For more information go to hartfordstage.org.