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'Les Mis' star's 'soft spot for kids' spurs appearance at Family Guidance gala

| Sunday, March 22, 2015, 6:02 p.m.
Actors Kate Loprest, Ivan Rutherford and Lexi Rhoades were the stars of Broadway Comes to Pittsburgh, the Family Guidance gala, at the Fairmont Hotel in Downtown. March 20, 2015.
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Actors Kate Loprest, Ivan Rutherford and Lexi Rhoades were the stars of Broadway Comes to Pittsburgh, the Family Guidance gala, at the Fairmont Hotel in Downtown. March 20, 2015.
Michelyn and the Rev. Marco Tinor were among the guests who turned out for Broadway Comes to Pittsburgh, the Family Guidance gala, at the Fairmont Hotel in Downtown. March 20, 2015.
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Michelyn and the Rev. Marco Tinor were among the guests who turned out for Broadway Comes to Pittsburgh, the Family Guidance gala, at the Fairmont Hotel in Downtown. March 20, 2015.
Peggy and Brian Johansson, president and CEO of Family Guidance welcomed 400 guests to  Broadway Comes to Pittsburgh, the Family Guidance gala, at the Fairmont Hotel in Downtown. March 20, 2015.
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Peggy and Brian Johansson, president and CEO of Family Guidance welcomed 400 guests to Broadway Comes to Pittsburgh, the Family Guidance gala, at the Fairmont Hotel in Downtown. March 20, 2015.
Larita and Gary Alred were among the guests who turned out for Broadway Comes to Pittsburgh, the Family Guidance gala, at the Fairmont Hotel in Downtown. March 20, 2015.
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Larita and Gary Alred were among the guests who turned out for Broadway Comes to Pittsburgh, the Family Guidance gala, at the Fairmont Hotel in Downtown. March 20, 2015.
Carissa Werner was among the guests who turned out for Broadway Comes to Pittsburgh, the Family Guidance gala, at the Fairmont Hotel in Downtown. March 20, 2015.
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Carissa Werner was among the guests who turned out for Broadway Comes to Pittsburgh, the Family Guidance gala, at the Fairmont Hotel in Downtown. March 20, 2015.

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.

Kate Benz is the social columnist for Trib Total Media and can be reached at kbenz@tribweb.com, 412-380-8515 or via Twitter @KateBenzTRIB.

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