PARAMUS, N.J. — Marissa Lynn Studios and Paramus’s Terrace at Biagio's will present "Songs for Sophie: A Broadway Gala for Autism" in honor of soprano Sophie Karp on Friday, November 15 at The Terrace, 299 Paramus Road, Paramus from 2 to 4 p.m.
Songs for Sophie: A Broadway Gala for Autism advocates for the Broadway dreams of young
performers within the autistic community. According to Karp, “When I was diagnosed at 21
months, I was not able to speak. The first time my mom heard me speak, I was around two years
old and it was through song — that’s powerful! Music was my first language. I want to be a voice
for all artists on the spectrum to let them know that they are worth it. Let them see that we are
worthy of our dreams, just by being ourselves."
The following are scheduled to perform: Jay Armstrong Johnson (TV’s Quantico; On the Town,
Hands on a Hardbody), Erik Liberman (Amazon’s Transparent; War Paint, The Band’s Visit),
Ciarán Sheeran (The Phantom of the Opera, The Four Phantoms Concert), Ruth Kenote and
Rachel S. Weber, Marissa Lynn Studio students Madison Vacco, Morgan O’Rourke, Celina Suric,
Jillian Pianghi, Adriana Shaw, Cheryl Pianghi, Brielle Perez, Michele Labetti, Miriam Hashash,
and Zoe Ortiz, plus special guests to be announced.
Kristy Cates (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Finding Neverland, Wicked) and Marissa
Lynn will co-direct and James Rushin (Walken on Sunshine, Metropolitan Opera’s 2018
Broadway Gala) provides music direction.
For more information and tickets, visit marissalynnstudios.com.