'Les Mis' star's 'soft spot for kids' spurs appearance at Family Guidance gala
Ivan Rutherford was so nonchalant among a roomful of Family Guidance VIPs that it was easy to forget this was the same guy who had graced one of Broadway's most beloved stages 2,000 times.
“If you listen to the Hollywood talk, they all say the same thing: ‘There's nothing like Broadway,' ” said the “Les Miserables” veteran, whose portrayal of Jean Valjean spans 20 years.
Along with Kate Loprest and Lexi Rhoades, the three were top billing for “Broadway Comes to Pittsburgh: An Intimate Evening of Song and Celebration” on March 20 at Downtown's Fairmont Pittsburgh hotel.
“I saw him here at the gala last year and he was fabulous!” said Linda Proforich.
“I have a soft spot for kids,” he said of his return.
Spied were gala chair Ed andKelly Gill, prez Brian andPeggy Johansson, James Dionise, Katie Sesny Knox andJames Knox, the Rev. Marco andMichelyn Tinor, and honoree Kim Tillotson Fleming and Curt Fleming.