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Shining Star CLE singing competition set for this Sunday at Playhouse Square's Mimi Ohio Theatre

Posted September 07, 2022 in Articles

The professional cast of judges includes the daughter of music legend Tony Bennett. 3News' Monica Robins will serve as the emcee.

CLEVELAND — The stage is set at Playhouse Square's Mimi Ohio Theatre for ten high school finalists to sing their hearts out for a chance to win up to a $10,000 college scholarship.

The sixth annual Shining Star CLE competition is back live after two years of virtual performances. The show takes place Sunday, September 11th at 7pm and tickets are still available. 3News' Monica Robins will serve as the emcee and will also perform during the show.

Shining Star CLE works to celebrate the up-and-coming singing talent of Northeast Ohio while bringing strong voices to the need for funds that help create innovative programs and tools for people with memory loss through Menorah Park in Beachwood

The panel of judges have some impressive resumes. They pick the top four and then the audience chooses their top pick.

The Judges

Antonia Bennett, the legendary jazz singer who is sharing her near and dear commitment toward the cause as the daughter of Tony Bennett is new as a judge this year and she will also perform a special song.

Shining Star CLE singing competition set for this Sunday at Playhouse Square's Mimi Ohio Theatre

Ahead of Shining Star CLE, Monica Robins went one-on-one with Antonia Bennett. You can watch that interview below:

Ben Fankhauser, a native of Orange, Ohio and the Broadway star known for performing in Newsies also joins the panel of judges this year.

Shining Star CLE singing competition set for this Sunday at Playhouse Square's Mimi Ohio Theatre

Returning judges include Tony-award nominated producer Rashad Chambers.

Shining Star CLE singing competition set for this Sunday at Playhouse Square's Mimi Ohio Theatre

Carl Topilow, renowned music director and conductor of the Cleveland Pops Orchestra.

Shining Star CLE singing competition set for this Sunday at Playhouse Square's Mimi Ohio Theatre

And retiring president and CEO of Playhouse Square Gina Vernaci.

Shining Star CLE singing competition set for this Sunday at Playhouse Square's Mimi Ohio Theatre

Music and memory are connected and Shining Star CLE raises money for music therapy and memory care programs at Menorah Park.

Tickets may be purchased directly through Playhouse Square by clicking here.

For general information, visit shiningstarcle.org or contact Jane Furth of the Menorah Park Foundation, at 216.839.6688 or jfurth@menorahpark.org.

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