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Broadway cast returning for Benjamin House benefit

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Eric Michael Gillett performs during a benefit for Benjamin House at the Museum of the Albemarle last year.

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From staff reports

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Broadway performers from New York will be back this holiday season for the annual Benjamin House Christmas Benefit on Saturday, Dec. 9.

For the first time, the cast of performers led by Eric Michael Gillett, will perform selections specifically chosen for Benjamin House residents.

"He has asked each resident of Benjamin House to tell him their favorite Christmas song, and he is going to have each of them perform with the New York cast," said Ann Parke Hughes, founder for Benjamin House, a nonprofit facility that provides assisted living for mentally challenged residents.

Besides Gillett, the cast includes guest artists Kim Rachelle Harris, Arthur L. Ross, William Shuler, Lauren Stanford, Melanie Vaughan and Robin Wrestle.

"My Favorite Christmas" gets underway at 2 p.m. at Museum of the Albemarle, 501 S. Water Street. Tickets are $25 and should be paid by cash or checks made to Benjamin House. Tickets are available at Page after Page Bookstore at 111 S. Water Street or Benjamin House, 102 Meads Pool Road, or by calling 252-340-4541.

The popular fundraiser "will once again provide the warmth, community and a generous portion of hilarity audiences have come to expect from this annual holiday event," states a news release from Benjamin House.

Gillett's resume includes many theater, film and television appearances, along with other New York Broadway performers. HIs credits include “The Producers” “Maid in Manhattan,” “Good God,” “Out of Order” on television and “Sweet Smell of Success,” “The Frogs” and the revival of “Kiss Me Kate” on Broadway.

He will be performing with Melanie Vaughan who has appeared in 10 or more Broadway shows including “Ring of Fire,” “Parade,” and “Sunday in the Park with George.” Her theatrical career also includes numerous concert and cabaret appearances across the country.

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