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Singing and acting stars pay a visit to Pleasanton

April 13, 2011

The stars were shining on The Rose Hotel last week as singing and acting celebrities Debbie Gibson and Hunter Parrish joined us as guests.

Debbie Gibson
Debbie Gibson

Gibson and Hunter were in town to deliver performances at the Palm Event Center for the Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association‘s annual wine auction charity event.

Both entertainers were gracious and unassuming people, even providing signed photographs for staff members and adding their signatures to the hotel’s Wall of

Gibson has been a singer, songwriter, musician, actor and dancer for more than 20 years. She exploded on the pop music scene at age 16. A music prodigy, she quickly became the youngest person ever to write, produce and perform a number one single, Foolish Beat, an honor she still holds today in the Guinness Book of World Records. To date, Gibson has sold more than 16 million albums worldwide.

After conquering the pop world, she set her sights on theater. Gibson starred in the Broadway production of Les Miserables as Eponine. She broke box office records in the London West End production of Grease as Sandy, and then took the stage in the U.S. Broadway tours of Grease and Funny Girl playing Rizzo and Fanny Brice. Gibson also wowed critics as Belle in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and Gypsy Rose Lee in Gypsy.

Hunter Parrish
Hunter Parrish

Parrish is an an American actor and singer, known for playing Silas Botwin in Showtime’s television series Weeds, as well as for appearing in several Hollywood films. In the film Freedom Writers, Parrish played Ben Samuels, the only white student in a California high school class. Reviewer Thomas Hibbs of the National Review Online noted that Parrish played the role with “unassuming humor.” In 2008, Parrish joined the cast of the Tony-Award-winning Broadway musical Spring Awakening in the lead role of Melchior Gabor at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre in New York City, receiving critical acclaim.

Parrish has guest starred in several TV series, including CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Close to Home, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Summerland.

We were honored to host Debbie Gibson and Hunter Parrish and look forward to their return to Pleasanton.