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Current Broadway Stars to Perform at Benefit for Hopewell Valley Central High

by Mary Galioto

The Music and Theatre Parents Association of Hopewell Valley Central High School (HVCHS) will be hosting “A Night of Broadway Stars at Hopewell Valley.” Current stars of the Broadway stage will perform a benefit concert for the music and theatre program of Hopewell Valley Central High School at the Hopewell Valley Performing Arts Center (259 Pennington-Titusville Road, Pennington, NJ) on Monday, March 23rd at 7:30 PM.

Rebecca LaChance (Beautiful), Jess LeProtto (On the Town), Ellyn Marsh (Kinky Boots), Travis Morin (Rock of Ages), Chris Peluso (Beautiful), and Daniel Torres (Evita) will perform a selection of musical theater and pop selections.

There will also be an opportunity for an exclusive pre-concert “Meet, Sign, and Selfie”. This event is available to a limited number of patrons for an additional charge and will allow audience members to get a signed poster and program and the opportunity to take a “selfie” with the performers.


The Music and Theatre Parents Association is the parent booster club for HVCHS performing arts, including choral, instrumental, and dramatic curricular and extra-curricular programming. These programs, and the talented staff who teach and direct them, offer remarkable opportunities to our students and delightful artistic entertainment for our community. All of the proceeds of the concert will benefit the MTPA and the music and theatre students of Hopewell Valley Central High School.

Peter J. Griffin, Supervisor of Visual and Performing Arts at HVCHS adds, “I am thrilled that we will be hosting an evening of Broadway Stars right here in Hopewell Valley. It may be dark come that night on Broadway, but the lights will surely be lit up here in Pennington. Our students will remember this special event for years to come.”

Advance tickets are $15 for students and $40 for adults and are on sale at www.showtix4u.com. Tickets will also be available at the door on the night of the concert at $20 for students and $45 for adults. The “Meet, Greet, and Selfie” will take place in the high school cafeteria and tickets will be available separately for $25.


Stars’ Biographies:

Rebecca LaChance: Baltimore native currently performing in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (Betty, u/s Carole). NYC: Central Avenue Breakdown, Broadway by the Year and Broadway Rising Stars concerts at Town Hall, Fringe Festival. Regional: Williamstown Theatre Festival, Olney Theatre Center. BFA, NYU. www.rebeccalachance.com

Jess LeProto: Jess has been singing and dancing since the age of five. Jess has performed with comedian Jimmy Fallon for MTV’S Video Music Awards and made appearances on Law & Order: SVU, One Life to Live and most recently Smash. His Off-Broadway credits include A Trees Grows in Brooklyn at City Center Encores! and he has been on the national tours of The Radio City Christmas Spectacular and Broadway’s Leading Men. Jess’ Broadway credits include The Boy From Oz, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Bye Bye Birdie, Newsies and the current revival of On The Town. Jess made the Top 8 of the hit TV show “So You Think You Can Dance”, Season 8 followed by the national tour of SYTYCD, where he was also named “Dance Captain.”

Ellyn Marie Marsh: Ellyn is coming to the show tonight from Broadway’s Tony and Grammy Award-winning “Kinky Boots”. Before her kinky journey she was seen on Broadway in “Priscilla Queen if the Desert “, and “Enron “. She has been seen in National tours , European Tours and regionally as Anita in “West Side Story”, Rizzo in “Grease”, Little Becky two shoes in “Urinetown”, Diana in “A Chorus Line”, and Sally Bowles in “Cabaret.”Ellyn was also Mrs. Hopkins in the Lincoln Center/NY Philharmonic version of “My Fair Lady”. Recently she lent her voice to a little movie called “Frozen” as one of the singing trolls. She is a teacher to many of Broadway’s youngest stars. Her students have been seen in “Matlida”, “Annie”, “A Christmas Story”, “Kinky Boots”, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and “Les Miserables”. She’s mom to 5 year old Lola and loves key lime pie!

Travis Morin: Travis Morin can be seen performing in NYC and the surrounding area as a member the critically acclaimed Broadway Boys, the Broadway Inspirational Voices gospel choir as well as in many new and developing projects. Travis just recently finished a year long stint playing the role of Lonny in the hit musical Rock of Ages. Travis was also part of the Washington D.C. premiere of Altar Boyz and has since performed the role of Luke two more times. Other credits include Tommy, The Rocky Horror Show, Bubble Boy: The Musical, and Suessical. Travis is the lead singer of the band Takeover Tomorrow and holds a BFA from The Boston Conservatory.

Chris Peluso: Broadway: BEAUTIFUL, ASSASSINS, MAMMA MIA! (Sky), LESTAT ; National tours: WICKED (Fiyero) ; Off-Broadway/Lincoln center: THE GLORIOUS ONES ; Regional: Milwaukee Rep, Goodspeed Opera House, Music Theatre of WIchita, La Jolla Playhouse, Barrington Stage Company, Marriott Lincolnshire, St. Louis Rep, and Cincinnati Playhouse ; BFA: University of Michigan.

Daniel Torres: Currently in the Broadway Company of BEAUTIFUL. Other NYC, Daniel has been seen in the Original Broadway Company of THE WOMAN IN WHITE, the Original Broadway Company of THE PIRATE QUEEN, and had the honor of alternating the role of Che in the Original Broadway Cast Revival of EVITA starring Ricky Martin. Daniel performed the role of Young Scrooge for two seasons of A CHRISTMAS CAROL at Madison Square Garden playing opposite F. Murray Abraham in 2002 and Jim Dale in 2003’s final run of the production. Daniel was seen in the Original Off-Broadway Company of ALTAR BOYZ and eventually took over the role of Juan later in the run. On tour, Daniel traveled throughout the United States and Canada in the Munchkinland Company of WICKED(Ensemble, Fiyero u/s). Favorite Regional credits include Tobias in SWEENEY TODD at Cleveland Opera, Frankie in FOREVER PLAID at Marriott Lincolnshire, and Danny in MOST WANTED directed by Michael Greif at the La Jolla Playhouse and Sundance Theatre Lab. Daniel is a founding member of the singing group THE BROADWAY BOYS having played shows throughout the United States and Indonesia. Daniel also performed with THE BROADWAY BOYS on AMERICA’S GOT TALENT and can be heard on the album THE BROADWAY BOYS: LULLABY OF BROADWAY, the Original Cast Recordings of THE PIRATE QUEEN and EVITA.

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