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Personalities: From Huron High to Broadway

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Singer, actor, and teacher Joseph Mahowald graduated from Huron High School in 1977. He went on to study music and voice at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, graduating Magna Cum Laude. By 1987 he was working on Broadway as a member of the original cast of 'Les Miserables.'

Joseph Mahowald
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Joseph Mahowald

Mahowald now lists dozens of musical and other roles on his resume, including "Mr. Hart," the lead male character in a touring production of "9 to 5." (Dabney Coleman played the part in the 1980 film, which also starred Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin, and Jane Fonda.)

Joe Mahowald in a scene from 9 to 5
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Joe Mahowald as Mr. Hart in a national touring production of "9 to 5."

Chuck Anderson interviewed Mahowald and his wife, Elizabeth Moses Mahowald on New Year's Day, 1994. The Mahowald's had recently performed to a packed house at the Huron Event Center.

Joe Mahowald has worked with well known stars like Stacy Keach and Robert Goulet, with whom he's been favorably compared. Mahowald says there's something special about the people who become true stars.

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Joe Mahowald describes the intangible nature of "star quality."

Joseph and Elizabeth Mahowald live in New York City. Joe continues to perform and teach voice and diction in New York and around the country.

Joe Mahowald in performance
Joe Mahowald in performance

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Listen to Chuck's entire interview with Joe and Elizabeth Mahowald.