Singers BC Jean and Mark Ballas: ‘Adopting Is the Way to Go’

February 16th, 2019

To call musicians BC Jean and Mark Ballas “talented” would be an understatement. They sing, they dance, they write beautiful songs—but what we love about them most is that they adopt. In a new PETA ad campaign, the musical stars gush over their rescued dog, Hendrix, and explain why it’s so important to adopt animal companions from shelters.

“He knows we saved him,” Mark says in the video.

“And he saved us,” BC adds.

Mark is best known for his appearances on Dancing With the Stars and the Broadway stage, where he starred as Charlie Price in the Tony-winning musical Kinky Boots. BC is a successful singer-songwriter, and together, they make up the indie musical duo Alexander | Jean.

Hendrix has become a central member of their family. He acted as ring bearer in their wedding in 2016 and travels with them on tour. He particularly enjoys playing games of tug-of-war and lounging in the dressing room.

BC and Mark know that adopting from a shelter is the only way to go when it comes to bringing an animal companion into your home, because every animal purchased from a breeder or a pet store means that another sitting in a shelter loses a chance at finding a loving home.

“If you want to get a dog,” Mark says, “if you want to save a life, if you want to make a real connection and friend for life, adopting is the way to go. It will change your life.”

Approximately 2 to 3 million cats and dogs—many of them healthy, young, and adoptable—must be euthanized in animal shelters every year. But you can help.Sign PETA’s pledge to end animal homelessness, always have your animal companions spayed or neutered, and never buy an animal from a breeder or pet shop.

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Alexander Jean Named Elvin Duran Artist of the Month

November 15th, 2018

Alexander Jean, also known as Mark Ballas and BC Jean, were recently named Elvis Duran's artist of the month.  They were featured on his show and heard their new single Waiting For You for the first time on radio!

Alexander Jean Releases New Music

October 26th, 2018

Alexander Jean, also known as Mark Ballas and BC Jean, released their new song Waiting For You today!  They also released the accompanying music video, which you can watch below!

Alexander Jean Kinky Edition Vlog

September 27th, 2018

Come behind the scenes of Mark Ballas and BC Jean as they work on new music in New York City where Mark is starring in Kinky Boots!

Mark Ballas talks Kinky Boots

September 14th, 2018

Mark Ballas talks about taking on the role of Charlie Price in Kinky Boots.

Dancing With the Stars Champion Mark Ballas Will Join the Cast of Kinky Boots

August 9th, 2018

By Bethany Rickwald for Theater Mania

Emmy-nominated and two-time Dancing With the Stars champion Mark Ballas will take over the role of Charlie Price in the Tony-winning musical Kinky Boots at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre beginning on September 11. He succeeds David Cook, who will play his last performance on September 9. Ballas will play a limited run through November 4.

Ballas most recently performed on Broadway as the final Frankie Valli in the Broadway run of Jersey Boys. He returned to the role at the Muny in St. Louis this past summer.

The winner of six 2013 Tonys, including Best Musical, Kinky Boots features a Tony- and Grammy Award-winning score by Cyndi Lauper, a book by Tony winner Harvey Fierstein, and direction and choreography by Tony winner Jerry Mitchell. Kinky Boots tells the tale of Charlie Price, a young man reluctantly taking over his family's struggling shoe factory and looking for a fresh idea. Charlie meets and finds inspiration in Lola and together, they discover that it takes a good friend to make a great pair.

Along with Cook, the current Broadway cast of Kinky Boots includes J. Harrison Ghee (as Lola), Carrie St. Louis (as Lauren), Daniel Stewart Sherman, Caroline Bowman, Marcus Neville, Callan Bergmann, Kevin Smith Kirkwood, Blaine Alden Krauss, Kyle Post, Charlie Sutton, Joey Taranto, Corey Mach, Natalie Joy Johnson, Jennifer Perry, Adinah Alexander, Eugene Barry-Hill, Meryn Beckett, Stephen Berger, Damien Brett, Justin Colombo, Alfred Dalpino, Holly Davis, Jesus Del Orden, Stephane Duret, Christy Faber, Mia Gentile, Blair Goldberg, Cooper Lantz, Eric Leviton, John Jeffrey Martin, Julia McLellan, Michael Milkanin, Connor Mills, Christian Mullins, and Nathan Peck.

The design team for Kinky Boots includes Tony Award nominee David Rockwell (scenic design), Tony Award winner Gregg Barnes (costume design), Tony Award winner Kenneth Posner (lighting design), Tony Award winner John Shivers (sound design), Josh Marquette (hair design), Randy Houston Mercer (makeup Design), Telsey Company (casting), with musical supervision, arrangements, and orchestrations by Tony and Grammy Award winner Stephen Oremus.

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