The 10th annual Diamond Derby Rose Gala will be Friday, April 20 at 6 p.m. ET in Winters Dining Hall.
The dinner will be followed by J. Mark McVey and the CU Orchestra in concert at 8 p.m. ET in Ransdell Chapel.
All money raised goes to the Scholarship Fund.
Sponsored by the CU Advancement Board.
McVey began his Broadway debut as Jean Valjean after having won the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Actor while in Washington, D.C. He was the first American to perform Valjean in London’s West End, and he reprised the role with the Los Angeles Philharmonic to sold out crowds at the Hollywood Bowl and once again in the 25th Anniversary Tour of “Les Misérables where he won the Ovation Award and the Broadway.com Award.
McVey made his Carnegie Hall Debut with Marvin Hamlisch and continues to perform with numerous symphonies around the country and the world.
His television credits include “America’s Got Talent” and “Days Of Our Lives.” He made his PBS debut with the Boston Pops and followed that performance with the PBS Christmas Special for the U.S. Military Troupes where he was featured with Hamlisch and The National Symphony Orchestra. He also appeared in the PBS Special “A Tale of Two Cities in Concert.”
Other Broadway, New York and regional theatre credits include: The Who’s “Tommy,” “The Best Little Whore House Goes Public,” “Chess,” “Carousel,” “My Fair Lady,” “South Pacific,” “Seven Brides,” “Show Boat,” “Hey Love,” “A Helluva Town,” “Midnight In The Garden of Good and Evil,” “Rocket Boys” and many more.
McVey earned a Double Platinum record for his participation on the Trans-Siberian Orchestra recording of “The Lost Christmas Eve.” He also has three solo CDs: “Broadway and Beyond” “If You Really Knew Me” and “One Among Few,” as well as a Family Christmas CD.
McVey continues to record, having a new project due out soon.
McVey considers his greatest achievements are his daughters, Grace and Kylie, who are a “a collaborative effort with God and his incredible wife, actress and singer, Mrs. Christy Tarr-McVey.”