NORTHFIELD — Mainland Regional High School graduate Heather Shields makes her home in New York these days, where song and dance are her specialties. When not performing she has been working the other side of the stage, and she is currently co-producing a show on Broadway.
But for the former Linwood resident, there is no place like home. Shields and several other Broadway and off-Broadway performers are coming to the area for a fun evening they have dubbed "The Broadway Bash," to be performed Saturday, April 29 at Congregation Beth Israel in Northfield.
This is the fifth year Shields has brought a song and dance show to Beth Israel, and it has sold out every year. Organizers said guests can channel their inner celebrity as they mingle and sing along to Broadway favorites and other standards.
Shields grew up at Beth Israel, where she attended religious school, made her bat mitzvah, and was confirmed. Each year she joins Cantor Larisa Averbakh on the bimah during High Holiday worship services.
The evening will start off with a performance by The Change, a group of musicians that has been together nearly 20 years. They include local businessmen, an attorney and a couple doctors whose music pays tribute to the 1960s and ’70s.
Larry Hirsch, who sings and plays drums, is a real estate developer in Cape May County who spent years in the hospitality business. He said he fell in love with rock ’n’ roll when the Beatles first appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show," and he is still having fun.
Julianne Childs of Upper Township — perhaps better known as Dr. Childs, a medical oncologist at Cape Regional Medical Center in Cape May Court House and Shore Medical Center in Somers Point — performs vocals. Joe Mosley of Somers Point is guitarist and lead vocalist; he is also a psychologist. Rounding out the group are David Shultz of Galloway Township on guitar and vocals, Ralph Orsatti of Atlantic City on bass, Jan Rovins of Galloway on mandolin, and Bob Rovins of Galloway on keyboard.
Hirsch said the performers are excited to open for Shields and the Broadway Bash, and like having the opportunity to help out great causes.
The event starts 7 p.m. The Change will perform 7:15 p.m. while guests enjoy hors d’oeuvres; dinner will be served at 8 p.m., and Shields and friends will perform 8:30-10 p.m.
Tickets are $60 in advance and $75 at the door. Sponsorships are available. To reserve a seat mail a checks made payable to Beth Israel to Beth Israel, 2501 Shore Road, Northfield, NJ 08225.
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