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Valorie Coleman
Public Relations Director
College of the Ozarks
Point Lookout, MO 65726
Office: (417) 690-2212

December 04, 2018

J. Mark McVey, Broadway actor and singer, speaks at College of the Ozarks convocation

POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — College of the Ozarks hosted J. Mark McVey, Broadway actor and singer, at a cultural convocation on Thursday, Nov. 29.

McVey made his Broadway debut as Jean Valjean in “Les Miserables,” after having won the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Actor. He reprised the role with the Los Angeles Philharmonic to sold-out crowds at the Hollywood Bowl and again for the 25th Anniversary Tour of “Les Miserables,” where he won the Ovation Award and the Award on his way to eclipsing 3,268 performances in the show.

In 1997, McVey made his Carnegie Hall debut with Marvin Hamlisch, American composer and conductor, and he continues to perform with numerous symphonies across the country and around the world.

He earned his first gold record for his participation on the Trans-Siberian Orchestra's recording, “The Lost Christmas Eve.” McVey's Broadway CD, “Broadway and Beyond,” has received much acclaim. His newest CD, “If You Really Knew Me,” marked his crossover into the adult contemporary world.

For additional information, contact Public Relations Director Valorie Coleman at (417) 690-2212.

About College of the Ozarks

College of the Ozarks is a private, Christian, liberal arts college, located in Point Lookout, Missouri, on a 1,000-acre campus. Christian values, hard work, and financial responsibility comprise the fundamental building blocks of the “Hard Work U.” experience. The College earns numerous accolades yearly, including No. 1 Most Innovative School in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for 2019 and No. 1 Best Bang for the Buck by Washington Monthly. To achieve its vision, the College pursues academic, vocational, Christian, patriotic, and cultural goals. These goals are mirrored in School of the Ozarks, a laboratory school that completes the K-college model.

The Keeter Center — the College’s award winning lodge, restaurant, and conference facility — was ranked a Top Small Hotel in the U.S. by TripAdvisor for 2018. It features historic lodging, fine dining, and meeting rooms. With more than 350 student workers, it is the largest workstation on campus. Follow College of the Ozarks at or on Twitter @CofOHardWorkU.


12.04.18 – Emily Braden


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