Broadway Star Sean McDermott performance to benefit Hospital

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 10, No. 12            March 23, 2000

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Sean McDermott

Look out San Pedro! Live from New York, it's the Sean McDermott Show! Yes, it's true, San Pedro. You can get your very own taste of Broadway on April 2nd at the BoatYard. In a performance to benefit the Lions Inter-Community Hospital, Mr. McDermott will entertain you with the same talents that have charmed royalty.

    The son of San Pedro resident Corry McDermott, Sean has been visiting the island since 1972. Born and educated in Colorado, his first performance was at Columbine High School in Littleton, in the play titled, "Tree on Emerald Hill". His singing talents were honed around the same time from his involvement with a musical group called the "Bear Creek Sounds". He also studied formally at a school for the dramatic arts in his birthplace of Denver.

    Having launched his career on Alaskan cruise ships and doing summer shows at Cape Cod, Sean quickly captured the attention of producers and directors on the stage in New York City. Establishing himself as one of Broadway's leading performers, Sean has played Chris in the production of "Miss Saigon," Rusty in "Starlight Express" and a leading role most of you are familiar with, Danny Zuko in "Grease". His wonderful tenor voice has been the delight of locals in  past performances with Dennis Wolfe. As if that were not enough, he also played Whizzer opposite Mandy Patinkin in "Falsettos". Other than in San Pedro for Dulce Wolfe, his most prestigious command singing appearances have been at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. for former US President Bush and England's former Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson.

    On the road, he has performed with stars Barbara Eden (I Dream of Jeannie) and Robert Goulet in "South Pacific". He has also played the leading role of Joseph in "Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat" and this past December in Austin, Texas as Jesus in "Jesus Christ Superstar". Living in Australia for two years, Mr. McDermott also played Tony in the production of "West Side Story" at the Victoria State Opera.

    On television, Sean has starred as Heart Jessup in the long-running daytime soap opera "The Guiding Light" and as a guest of Johnny Carson on "The Tonight Show".

    His recording career includes original material on his debut album, "New York Nights" and his most recent "My Broadway," produced at Abbey Studios in England, featuring a variety of Broadway hits. He has also had the honor of sharing the stage with Bernadette Peters at her debut in Carnegie Hall. Just a very few of the songs he performs that you may recognize include: New York, New York; Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me; Piano Man; Danny Boy; Unchained Melody and I Left My Heart In San Francisco as well as tunes from "Grease" and the "Lion King".

    Sean McDermott will be flying in exclusively for this special guest appearance. He will be autographing, selling CDs and giving a preview performance of his talents on Thursday, March 30th at 8:00 p.m. at the BoatYard with a percentage of proceeds going to the new Hospital. Then at 8:00 p.m. sharp on Sunday, April 2nd, a benefit performance will be held at the same location. Tickets will be on sale for BZ$20 which includes a raffle ticket for a chance at winning a variety of prizes during intermission and following the show. Any business or individual wishing to sponsor a raffle prize may call Corry McDermott at 2161 or Sari Vidrine at 3245. Food and drinks will be on sale also. Sean McDermott will be performing free of cost and all proceeds from the gate, any supplementary donations as well as a percentage of the bar, food, and CD sales will go to the Lions Inter-Community Hospital. No stranger to benefits, Sean recently raised US$250,000 for a hospital in Denver on Valentine's Day.

    This island knows all about charity and the much needed addition of a hospital is a priority for our existence. It is essential to have immediate access to quality health care, not only for residents but also to promote our ever-growing tourist industry. So, come out to the BoatYard and enjoy a unique cultural experience for La Isla Bonita - "A Bit of Broadway," featuring Sean McDermott.
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