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Broadway star gives time for Bonnie

International performer Lexi Lawson sings in a concert at the Maclean Services Club as a fundraiser for local girl Bonnie O’Neill.
International performer Lexi Lawson sings in a concert at the Maclean Services Club as a fundraiser for local girl Bonnie O’Neill.

BROADWAY entertainer Lexi Lawson will land in the USA later today with the knowledge she has won a lot more hearts in the Clarence Valley.

On Friday night the singing star wowed a packed Maclean Services Club when she performed with local band Hekyl and Jive in a fundraiser for cancer sufferer Bonnie O'Neill.

Between them the performers raised $3500 for the brave little girl battling the rare disease Ewings sarcoma.

Ms Lawson had already secured one Clarence Valley heart as she is the partner of Leon Gulaptis, the son of Clarence MP Chris Gulaptis.

Leon's mother, Vicki, who organised the event, said the pair decided to help the Bonnie O'Neill campaign while Lexi and Leon were holidaying here.

Vicki said the crowd on Friday night was fantastic and responded well to an event that was organised at short notice.

"It was a fun, fun night," she said. "You couldn't have asked for a better crowd and they really loved all her songs.

"Even though she's a star on Broadway, I think she really impressed everyone here with how down-to-earth she is."

Vicki said Lexi's management were not happy that she had stayed away as long to include the performance at Maclean.

"She's due to start work rehearsing for her next show at 11am on Monday in Hollywood," she said.

Vicki also praised the performance of Hekyl and Jive.

"They had to learn all Lexi's songs for the show," she said.

"They had a great rapport with her and she really enjoyed singing with them."

Lexi played the role of Carmen in the world renowned musical, Fame and left her American Idol journey early to take up the lead in the hit Broadway show, Rent.

Vicki said Lexi had also been chasing work in TV and went close to securing a part in a soon-to-air show, Smash.

"Lexi thought she had the role just a month ago and was really surprised when she missed out," she said.

Vicki said she was still counting the money from Friday night and was confident she would have more than $3500 to give to Bonnie's family.

"There's a few small donations still come in, but we've already topped the $3500 mark."

Topics:  bonnie o'neill, broadway, fundraiser, lexi lawson, singer


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