Positive News in Trying Times

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Positive News in Trying Times

Some positive news to share as we continue our shutdown during devastating times.

To provide a message of hope for the world, Andrea Bocelli will perform live from the Duomo in Milan on Easter Sunday, with no audience, accompanied only by an organist.  “Music For Hope” will stream live on his YouTube Channel at 1 pm Eastern.

Then at 7PM on Sunday, you can watch a re-broadcast of “Jesus Christ Superstar” on NBC.

This Monday, April 13 at 7 PM ET, there will be a streaming of   “25 Magical Years of Disney on Broadway” an important fundraiser for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’ COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund. Frozen’s Ryan McCartan will host the stream live from his family’s basement and interview  Disney on Broadway stars virtually throughout the evening. You can view the show at broadwaycares.org, and at the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids YouTube and Facebook pages. Also available on media partners Playbill.com and abc7ny.com. Please view and contribute.

Patsy’s Italian Restaurant bottles and sells the famous eatery’s great sauces, which you can purchase online and in select stores.

During the month of April, Patsy’s will donate 100 percent of profits from the sale of their sauces to help fund relief efforts providing personal protective equipment for those on the front lines.
Got to www.patsys.com to place your order.

Enoteca Maria, the renowned restaurant that features grandmas from different countries who cook their famous recipes for patrons, is providing free soup for first responders and essential workers, Saturdays from 2-4 at the restaurant, 27 Hyatt Street, Staten Island. A gift from proprietor Jody Scaravella, for those who give us all so much.

For these stories,  conversations with the fascinating people behind these initiatives and more,  listen to “Bagels and Broadway with Valerie Smaldone” radio show and podcast Saturday morning at 9:05, on WNYM (am970) radio and on podcast after the broadcast.


  • Five-time Billboard Award-winning media personality Valerie Smaldone is a theatre, food, lifestyle and entertainment enthusiast. She is a celebrity interviewer, accomplished voice-over artist and actress. Recent appearances on episodic tv include Law and Order, Criminal Intent, The Other Two (on HBO Max), Tommy, Manifest and Blue Bloods. She is an audiobook narrator and producer. A live event emcee, moderator, and "Voice of God" at events and award ceremonies, Valerie has joined The Story Plant Entertainment Company and is currently working on a film and Broadway play. Visit her website at www.valeriesmaldone.com

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