Matt Cavenaugh & Jenny Powers to Perform a Benefit Concert for Hartford Children's Theatre, 10/28

Broadway favorites and real-life couple Matt Cavenaugh (West Side Story) and Jenny Powers (Grease) will perform "Direct From Broadway," a concert to benefit Hartford Children's Theatre, at 6:00 pm on Friday, October 28 at The Marquee (960 Main Street) in downtown Hartford.

Cavenaugh and Powers will perform selections from their new album "Gonna Make You Love Me" and musical favorites from their Broadway careers including West Side Story, Grease, Little Women, Grey Gardens and more.

Tickets range from $50 - $75 and are available for purchase online at www.hartfordchildrenstheatre.org. All tickets include a one hour open bar and a variety of hors d'oeuvres. Red Carpet Level Tickets are $75 and include a pre-show champagne reception with the stars from 5 - 6:00 pm, complimentary parking and an autographed copy of "Gonna Make You Love Me." Patron Level Tickets are $50 and include an open bar cocktail hour and the performance. All proceeds benefit Hartford Children's Theatre.

Matt Cavenaugh received an Outer Critics' Circle and Drama League nomination for his performance as "Tony" in the Tony Award nominated revival of West Side Story. Other Broadway credits include Grey Gardens, A Catered Affair and Urban Cowboy. He has been seen in numerous regional theatres across the country including Connecticut's Goodspeed Opera House.

Jenny Powers was last seen on Broadway as "Rizzo" in the Tony Award nominated revival of Grease, as "Meg" in Little Women and "Gina" in Happiness at Lincoln Center. Regional credits include Dangerous Beauty at the Pasadena Playhouse, Of Thee I Sing and Follies at NY City Center Encores!

"Gonna Make You Love Me," Cavenaugh and Powers' debut album is now available for purchase. The ten-track recording features unique cover versions of classic rock, traditional standards and contemporary pop. "Gonna Make You Love Me" follows the journey of two people searching for and finding love in one another. Titles included are "Somebody to Love," "Sunday Kind of Love," "I Wanna Be With You, "I Think We're Alone Now," "You Send Me" and "The Best is Yet to Come."

For over 20 years, Hartford Children's Theatre has made the children of Greater Hartford our greatest priority. HCT is Connecticut's leading provider of theatrical training and quality entertainment for children and families, offering diverse programming for over 7,000 families from the Hartford area and beyond. We achieve our educational and artistic goals through a variety of well-established programs for children ages 2 through 18 including: award-winning Family Main Stage productions, year-round drama school programming and a dramatic arts community outreach program.

Hartford Children's Theatre's commitment to excellence has been honored by the American Alliance for Theatre and Education with a prestigious WiniFred Ward Award, the New England Theatre Conference's Moss Hart Award and two 2010-2011 National Youth Theatre Awards and an additional three nominations. Executive Director Michael R. Kintner, Artistic Director Ryan Ratelle and Education Director Lisa Foss helm the organization now entering its 21st year.

For more information, please call 860.249.7970 or visit us online at: www.hartfordchildrenstheatre.org.

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