ARTS/MEDIA: John Bucchino and Momentum Record “Grateful” to Benefit Occupy Sandy

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John Bucchino and Momentum Record “Grateful” to Benefit Occupy Sandy

BROOKLYN, New York, November 16, 2012—Members of Momentum Repertory Company joined with John Bucchino and other music theatre artists at Electrik Indigo Studios to record Bucchino’s inspirational song, “Grateful.” The arrangement by Cody Wymore was dedicated to the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Singers included Arielle Jacobs (In the Heights) Ali Axelrad, Mindy Kay Smith, Jackie Jacobi, Tal Yardeni, Kendra Jo Brook , Kara Wilson, Elena Ricardo, Andrew Redlawsk, Jeremy Morse, Taylor Hilt Mitchell, Phillip J. Lewis, Jovani McCleary, Jason B. Schmidt, Neil Tyrone Pritchard, and Michael Wood. The Music Director was Jeremy Robin Lyons. All proceeds from the project will go to Occupy Sandy.

“Members of Momentum Repertory Company live in the areas hardest-hit by Superstorm Sandy,” says Mindy Kay Smith, Artistic Director of Momentum Rep. “Most of us lost power, and a few were temporarily displaced. But we know those were just minor inconveniences compared to so many of our neighbors. We all got through the storm with our homes and our health. For that, we are grateful. We have spent time in the days since Sandy helping as individuals however we can. Some are providing foster homes to temporarily homeless animals. Others are volunteering at soup kitchens. Our members have borrowed cars to drive supplies around the city and helped with the clean-up and even organized a group that will knit hats and scarves to keep the victims warm in the coming months. We want to join forces with Occupy Sandy- a group who has done so much- because there’s still so much to be rebuilt. They need resources, and we want to help provide them. So it’s for us to do what we do best: sing.”

“Grateful” will be released on Thanksgiving Day, and will be available for sale at It can also be purchased on itunes starting Saturday, November 24.  Facebook Event.

Momentum Repertory Company is a non-profit corporation with the goal of offering developing theater artists, (no matter if their craft is acting, choreography, producing, directing, or stage managing) the opportunity to perform in an environment that mirrors the professional stage enough to encourage growth and foster challenge, while maintaining the qualities of warmth and community building that make those smaller theaters feel, for many, like home.


Mindy Kay Smith

Artistic Director

Momentum Repertory Company










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