Morristown Onstage runs in the family for 2020 finalist Bobby Becht

Bobby Becht is a finalist in Morristown Onstage 2020. Photo by Katelyn Nagy
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By Tyler Barth

It’s the closest thing to a dynasty that Morristown Onstage has.

NICE TIE! Finalist Bobby Becht at Media Day, Morristown Onstage 2020. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Fifteen-year-old Bobby Becht will be the third member of his clan to compete.

His older sister Danielle was a finalist in 2012, when she was just 8.  Kid brother Tom was a finalist last year. He was 10.

“To me, singing is one of the things that I’ve always really looked into, because my sister started and I followed her,” said Bobby, who will sing Empty Chairs at Empty Tables from Les Misérables at the Mayo Performing Arts Center on Feb. 26, 2020.

Bobby is among 15 top amateur acts from Greater Morristown competing for fame and fortun, in a benefit for programs in the Morris School District.

Bobby Becht and Danielle Becht after their dress rehearsal of Winnie the Pooh at the Summit Playhouse in 2013. Photo by Juliette San Fillipo
Bobby Becht and Danielle Becht after their dress rehearsal of Winnie the Pooh at the Summit Playhouse in 2013. Photo by Juliette San Fillipo

He auditioned twice before–once with his sister, and once solo.

Although this is his first time in Morristown Onstage, Bobby is no stranger to the Mayo Performing Arts Center stage, where his credits include MPAC community productions of Les Mis and Hairspray.

The Morristown resident has sung at a variety of other events across New Jersey and New York, and he takes vocal lessons with his friend and fellow finalist Maggie Waldron at Morris Knolls High School.

Finalist Thomas Becht, 10, at Morristown Onstage 2019 Media Day. Photo by Jeff Sovelove.
Finalist Thomas Becht, 10, at Morristown Onstage 2019 Media Day. Photo by Jeff Sovelove.

“We go way back,” Bobby said of Waldron.

Although his siblings beat him to Morristown Onstage, Bobby could top them by winning the $1,000 prize.

If that happens, he plans to invest in his future–with more vocal lessons.

Produced by the nonprofit Morris Educational FoundationMorristown Onstage is open to amateurs who live, work or study in Morristown, Morris Township or Morris Plains, and to alumni of Morristown High School. From more than 60 acts that auditioned, 15 were chosen to compete on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. Show business pros will award $1,000 to the top youth and adult performers, and the audience favorite will take home $500. Tickets: $29-$79. Proceeds benefit Morris School District programs.

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Bobby Becht, finalist in Morristown Onstage 2020. Photo by Katelyn Nagy

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