The West Virginia native and Ridgewood resident will sing classic Broadway tunes and inspirational songs, including standards from his popular CD, â€œBroadway and Beyond.â€ The concert will benefit Childrenâ€™s Aid and Family Services, Inc. Called a â€œpowerful tenor,â€ and â€œone of the great voices on Broadway todayâ€ by conductors and theater reviewers, J. Mark McVey made his memorable Broadway debut as Jean Valjean in â€œLes Miserablesâ€ after winning the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Actor while touring with the show. Mr. McVey was the first American to perform that role in Londonâ€™s West End, and completed seven years and nearly 3,000 performances as the driven Valjean.
Mr. McVey made his Carnegie Hall debut with Marvin Hamlisch in 1997 and since then has frequently performed with Mr. Hamlisch, as well as numerous symphonies throughout the USA and internationally. His newest CD is â€œIf You Really Knew Me -- the Songs of Marvin Hamlisch,â€ and is available at www.jmarkmcvey.com.
According to the Rev. Victor R. Peterson, pastor of Ridgewood United Methodist Church, Mark McVey generously offered to donate the proceeds from this concert to
Childrenâ€™s Aid and Family Services, and even add a second show on Saturday, September 16, 2006, if necessary.
â€œWeâ€™re honored to present an artist of his caliber at the church and excited to be raising much-needed funds for such an important organization,â€ said Rev. Peterson.
Childrenâ€™s Aid and Family Servicesâ€™ president & CEO, Bob Jones, Ph.D., will speak about the vulnerable children and families the agency serves at Ridgewood United Methodist Church on Sunday, September 10, 2006 at the 9:45 a.m. worship service. Area residents are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Added Mr. McVeyâ€™s wife, Christy: â€œMy grandmother always said, â€˜Charity begins at home.â€™ She was referring to your own community, and Childrenâ€™s Aid and Family Services does just that, by helping children and families in our area.â€
Childrenâ€™s Aid and Family Services is one of the largest regional, nonprofit human services organizations serving northern New Jersey. The agency is fully accredited and has more than 100 years of experience in building futures for children, families, and communities. Its mission is to help children, families, and communities to heal, to learn, and to grow.
Tickets cost $25 each, and children under 18 may attend for free. For ticket information, call Ridgewood United Methodist Church at 201-652-2868.