While many seniors are living isolated due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a group of Broadway performers is reaching out to share the joy of music with them.

Broadway stars Catherine Brunell, Natalie Cortez, Nick Spangler and James Moye will form a special cast to perform a virtual concert, hosted by Van Dyk Health Care, in support of New Jersey health care workers and the families they serve Monday night, April 6th, on Van Dyk's dedicated cable channel in residents' appartments.    

The cast will perform a one-hour show on Zoom, featuring a medley of popular Broadway show tunes, in support of the staff, seniors and families affiliated with Van Dyk Park Place, At Home With Van Dyk and the Van Dyk Memory Care Center during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Van Dyk Park Place has been proactive throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, implementing precautionary measures to restrict visitors, take daily temperatures of staff and residents, switch to In-Room Dining and In-Room Activities and educate staff and residents on CDC recommendations for sanitary procedures and social distancing.

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 “If our families are not allowed to visit Broadway, then we’re bringing Broadway to them,” said CEO Bob Van Dyk.  “We’re all feeling the effects of some degree of social isolation.  Music is a great source of joy for all of us, so we’re always looking for creative ways to have fun.”

The performance will be taped and then broadcast exclusively for the families who receive care from the Van Dyk family.  It will later be released to the general public.

Performance clips can be made available and interviews with the performers can be scheduled.          

Brunell recently joined the cast of Mean Girls and previously starred as Portia in the Broadway hit, Something Rotten!, as well as the title roles in Broadway’s Mary Poppins and Thoroughly Modern Millie. Cortez completed the pre-Broadway run of Moulin Rouge before starring as Anita in the Broadway revival of West Side Story and as Diana Morales in the revival of A Chorus Line. Spangler has performed in Broadway’s Tootsie, It Shoulda Been You, The Book of Mormon and Cinderella.  Moye’s extensive credits on Broadway include Tootsie, Dear Evan Hansen, Aladdin, Bullets Over Broadway, Million Dollar Quartet and The Full Monty.

Van Dyk Health Care, a family-owned care provider with 67 years of serving New Jersey families, offers an extensive continuum of care services for assisted living, memory care, home care and Alzheimer’s day care. Since 1953, the Van Dyk family has taken a personalized approach in caring for residents and families throughout Passaic, Bergen and Essex counties.  The company received the #2 national ranking by Fortune for the Best Workplace in Aging Services, the Top Workplace award by North Jersey Media Group, the Women’s Choice Award for America’s Best Extended Care, and recognition from U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s top care providers.

Van Dyk Park Place, one of the leading assisted living communities in New Jersey, received the 2020 Best of Senior Living Award from SeniorAdvisor.com and the 2020 Member of the Year award from the Hawthorne Chamber of Commerce.

Bob and Elizabeth Van Dyk are the vintners of Van Dyk Family Wines, which produces several varietals from Napa Valley to honor the old vines of society and raise money for Alzheimer’s and memory care nonprofits. Their inaugural wines, the 2010 Dignity (Cabernet Sauvignon) and the 2011 Respect (Chardonnay), were named in support of their motto of “Celebrating Our Elderly with Dignity and Respect.” Bob Van Dyk received a lifetime achievement award in 2017 from the American Health Care Association & National Center for Assisted Living for his leadership in the senior care profession.