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Broadway Performance for Montclair-based Interfaith Hospitality Network for Homeless

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IHN Board President Christopher Murphy and event Director, Robert DuSold Credits: Caroline Updyke
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Former IHN client, Jacquelyn Graham will be a featured performer at the event.
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Montclair, NJ – May 23, 2018 – A star studded line up of Broadway actors and singers extraordinaire will lend their talents to raise funds for Interfaith Hospitality Network for the Homeless of  Essex County, (IHN), a Montclair based family shelter and housing assistance program.  Titled “At Home on Stage”, the cabaret and comedy event will be held on Monday, June 4th at The Woodland, 60 Woodland Road, in Maplewood.  Doors open at 7:00 p.m. with a cocktail hour, and opportunity to mingle and get your photo taken with the Broadway performers on stage, followed by live performances at 8:00 p.m.  A live auction of tickets to current Broadway shows including “Hello Dolly”, “Beautiful”, and “Chicago,” will occur concurrently.

“At Home on Stage” is the brain child of long time Maplewood resident and veteran Broadway star Robert DuSold (Les Miserables, Jekyll & Hyde, The Producers), and is co-chaired by IHN Board President, and South Orange resident Chris Murphy.

DuSold, who is well known in the area for organizing charity fundraisers for a variety of important causes, will be joined on stage by Broadway stars from Wicked, Mamma Mia, Cats, Phantom of the Opera, Fiddler on the Roof, Showboat, Chicago, The Lion King, Memphis, and Kiss of the Spider Woman.   The actors, all of whom agreed to volunteer their time and talents, were moved by DuSold’s passion to rally around the issue of homelessness affecting vulnerable families in Essex County.

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Joining the star studded line up of performers this year on stage, will be Jacqueline Graham, a Montclair resident and former IHN client whose performance credits include her role as (Sally) in Winner Take All, directed by John Carrafa. Graham’s previous credits include: Walt Disney World’s Festival of the Lion King (Zawadi), Smokey Joe's Café (BJ), and Dream Girls (Effie), to name a few. Graham said, “IHN helped me so much in my time of need, I want to give back to the organization because I understand what a family goes through in a housing crisis.”

Returning to add laughter to the cabaret evening will be Erin Maguire, the emcee and a stand-up comic. Originally from Boston, she now calls NYC her home base. Maguire appears regularly at Broadway Comedy Club, Stand UP NY, and NY Comedy Club and recently returned from the Women in Comedy Festival.

The singers will be accompanied by the incredibly talented pianist and composer, John O’Neill, Hugh Jackman’s accompanist!

To purchase tickets to the event, please visit https://athomeonstage.eventbrite.com. Admission to this limited seating event is $75 online, and $100 at the door. Tickets include drinks and appetizers and are fully tax deductible. 

About Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) of Essex County – IHN is dedicated to providing shelter, direct services and housing assistance to homeless families in Essex County with help from an extensive network of volunteers and other partners throughout the community.  IHN’s shelter program is supported by a network of area churches and synagogues that provide families with children a place to stay and three meals a day. While they’re in the shelter network, IHN works with moms and dads on a plan that addresses the issues that led to their homelessness. Goals are set and parents are compassionately guided to take the steps necessary to find a home and become self-sufficient.  More information can be found at www.ihnessexnj.org

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