Broadway star to perform in children’s choir benefit

Broadway star Ivan Rutherford will perform a solo show, More Than Broadway, to benefit Fairfield County Children’s Choir (FCCC) as it celebrates 20 years of music-making.

Ivan Rutherford

Ivan Rutherford

The show is Friday, May 15 at 7:30 p.m. at Fairfield Woods Middle School, 1115 Fairfield Woods Road, Fairfield.

To 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.

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.

Lived in Fairfield County

Rutherford moved to Fairfield in 2000 and has become a favorite guest artist of the FCCC, a press release said.

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.

Event benefits scholarship

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.

Tickets are $25 and are available at the door or by calling 203-414-4292. More information about FCCC is available at www.SingFCCC.org.

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