- Last Updated: 11:53 PM, May 31, 2012
- Posted: 11:21 PM, May 31, 2012
Matthew Badger, the ex-husband of Madonna Badger, whose three young daughters were killed in a fire Christmas morning, is renting out Times Square’s New Victory Theater on June 21 for an event for a charity he started in his children’s honor.
“I think it’s going to be wonderful, because they always wanted to be on Broadway,” Matthew told Page Six in an emotional interview.
The Badgers are mourning the loss of their girls Lily, Sarah and Grace, and their grandparents Lomer and Pauline Johnson, who perished on Dec. 25 in a fire at their mother’s Connecticut home. “The charity was a natural evolution out of grief,” Matthew told us.
He last month launched the Lily Sarah Grace Fund for art-infused curriculums in schools, which has already raised $150,000. He tells us he wanted to honor the girls’ memories and love of both art and their teachers at PS 3 and Windward School.
“Whatever I did, it had to be a reflection of Lily, Sarah and Grace’s personalities. They were all completely lovers of the arts. They were dancing and singing and constantly creating,” Matthew, a Manhattan commercial director, told us.
“Lily, the 9-year-old — she was the performer, the mimic, the dancer, the singer,” he added. “She was constantly directing Sarah, who was more intelligent but loved Lily and allowed herself to be directed.” Grace, Sarah’s twin, “Spent days with Band-Aids and sticks and creating sculptures.” Matthew added, “They would put on shows all the time, the ‘Lily Sarah Grace Shows,’ produced by Lily.”
The June 21 event will include performances by students from PS 3, Juilliard and Ballet Tech. Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Eric Bogosian will give readings about the girls. Creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson will deliver a speech, while Whoopi Goldberg will emcee. A rep for the benefit confirmed Madonna Badger “knows about the event, but is unable to attend.”Follow @PageSix