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Famous Broadway Stars Coming To Mentor This Saturday

The stars of "The Phantom of the Opera" will perform in Mentor to raise money for the local chapter of the United Way of Lake County

A pair of renowned theater entertainers are coming to Mentor to help raise money for the .

They will perform July 14 at for an event dubbed "Broadway & Beyond."

Among the night's performers is Ciarán Sheehan, who has starred in the role of the Phantom in more than 1,000 performances of "The Phantom of the Opera."

Sheehan, who was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, has also performed in "Les Miserables," sold out four performances at the world-famous Carnegie Hall, appeared in three PBS specials and has a strong Cleveland area following for his frequent performances with the Cleveland Orchestra.

Sheehan will sing popular Broadway and Irish songs during his performance.

Performing alongside Sheehan will be Sarah Pfisterer, who hails from the east coast and has also played the role of Christine Daae in more than 1,000 performances of "The Phantom of the Opera" on Broadway and across the country.

She has also performed in "Show Boat," "Meet Me in St. Louis," "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Sound of Music" among many other Broadways. She has also had appearances on The Today Show and The Rosie O'Donnell Show.

Heather Martin Bixler, a violinist from Wisconsin, and the Murphy Irish Dancers, who just placed fourth in a world dance competition hosted in Ireland, will also perform.

"This is a very rare opportunity for people in the Northeast Ohio region to witness some world class entertainers perform in their own backyard," said Ray Somich, WELW personality and owner of Spirit Media, who will serve as the event's master of ceremonies.

"At the same time, it's also a great way to raise money for those in need here in Lake County."

The performances will start at 7 p.m. Tickets for the fundraiser are $25 or $100 for the VIP experience, which includes a Sheehan autographed CD, backstage access and refreshments and appetizers following the show.

Only 100 VIP tickets will be sold. Proceeds will benefit United Way of Lake County.

To purchase tickets go to www.uwlc.org or call 1-866-967-8167. Tickets can also be purchased by clicking here.

All money raised during the 2012 United Way of Lake County campaign benefits programs that focus on children and families, senior citizens, health and human services and basic needs in Lake County.

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