SUNRISE, FL - Thousands of South Florida residents gathered at the BB&T Center Monday night to experience “From Broadway With Love: A Benefit Concert for Parkland, USA.” The concert raised funds for the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting on February 14.
Musical performances filled the stage with song from some of Broadway and television’s biggest stars including Matthew Morrison (“Glee,” Finding Neverland, The Light in the Piazza, Hairspray), Telly Leung (Aladdin, Godspell), Laura Bell Bundy (Hairspray, Legally Blonde) and Noah Galvin (Dear Evan Hansen), to name a few. The performers were accompanied by the South Florida Symphony.
Mamma Mia cast member Carrie Manolakos opened the benefit with a rendition of “Hallelujah.” Golden Globe Award Winner and Co-Creator of the hit television show “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” Rachel Bloom, brought levity to the stage through comedy and laughter.
Parkland resident Orly Goldman was inspired watching the show. “I moved to Parkland a little less than a year ago, and have been amazed by the strength and perseverance of our tight-knit community. The benefit was a magical evening. The MSD students were involved in such a large scale production. As a Creative Arts Therapist, I have firsthand experience in how the arts can help heal the soul from grief and trauma, and it was certainly felt at this event.”
MSD students shared five songs that they wrote, which were musically arranged by New York theatrical composers such as Duncan Sheik, Bobby Cronin and Drew Gasparini and more.
The Dance Theatre troupe performed a special song in honor of fellow dancer Jaime Guttenberg’s memory, leaving an empty space in their choreographed line, where she would have stood.
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Freshman English Teacher Dara Hass was greatly impacted by the events that took place on February 14. She attended the benefit and said, “My experience last night at ‘From Broadway With Love’ was bittersweet. Through song, both MSD students and Broadway performers brought both love and inspiration as we celebrated MSD and remembered those precious lives we lost." Hass said, “My heart will never forget that day, but I know together we are MSD strong and together we will always shine!”
For more information about “From Broadway With Love,” visit FromBroadwayWithLove.org.