Broadway star performs to benefit children’s choir

Celebrated Broadway star Ivan Rutherford will perform a solo show, “More Than Broadway” to benefit Fairfield County Children’s Choir as it celebrates 20 years Friday, May 15, at 7:30 p.m., at Fairfield Woods Middle School Auditorium,

To many tens of thousands of fans of Les Misérable, Ivan Rutherford is Jean Valjean, as he has performed the role more than 2,000 times on Broadway and with national touring companies. Rutherford was nominated for Best Actor for his portrayal of Valjean at the first annual National Broadway Theatre Awards held in New York. Other prominent roles he has performed include The Caliph in Kismet, Tony in West Side Story, Lt. Joe Cable in South Pacific, for which he received the Drama-Logue Award, and 2nd Officer Charles Lightoller in the Broadway production of Titanic.

Rutherford’s musical offerings will include Music of the Night from The Phantom of the Opera, I Dreamed a Dream, Master of the House, Bring Him Home and Stars from Les Mis, as well as Mack the Knife.

Rutherford moved to Fairfield in 2000 and quickly became a favorite guest artist of the FCCC. Many of the group’s choristers have studied voice with him and continue via Skype after Rutherford relocated to California. FCCC choristers will join Rutherford on stage for a grand finale.

Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit FCCC and its scholarship fund. In addition to keeping its tuition affordable, FCCC provides scholarship aid to all families that request it, so that all interested children may participate.

More than 300 young singers in grades 4-12 make up the Fairfield County Children’s Choir under the direction of Jon Noyes. Since its start in 1995, the group’s mission has been to provide children the opportunity to participate in a musical experience that is challenging, rewarding, and enjoyable. Thousands of singers and their families who have participated in FCCC over the years attest to the success of its program of instruction in vocal and choral technique, music literacy and appreciation, as well as practice and public performance of classic and new musical literature. The group has performed all over the world. It instills a lifelong passion for singing and an appreciation of the world’s great music.

More than Broadway, Fairfield Woods Middle School, 1115 Fairfield Woods Road, Fairfield, Friday, May 15, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 and are available at the door or by calling 203-414-4292. More information about FCCC is available at SingFCCC.org.

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