WATERTOWN, New York (WWNY)
Classically-trained musical comedy group, the “3 Redneck Tenors,” will bring their unique blend of Broadway favorites and family-friendly humor to George Hall Auditorium on April 27 at 7:45 p.m.
Ogdensburg Command Performances presents the show. Tickets range from $19 to $43 and can be purchased by calling 315-393-2625 or emailing [email protected]
Ogdensburg Command Performance Administrator Sally F. Palao said “The 3 Redneck Tenors” had performed in Ogdensburg before. She expects the trio’s latest national tour, titled “The 3 Redneck Tenors: Broadway Bound,” to be as popular as past performances.
“There aren’t a lot of shows that we bring back over and over again, but these guys are a production that we know our local audience loves,” Ms Palao said. “They’re funny, they’re talented musically and vocally and they’re an absolute delight to see and listen to on stage.”
Ms. Palao agrees with critics that the “3 Redneck Tenors” are more than just a comedy-singing trio equally at home in overalls and formal tuxedos. On the contrary, she says, the group of classically trained artists Matthew Lord, Blake Davidson and Jonathan Frugé, skilfully take on the tunes of The Phantom of the Opera, jekyll and hyde, Anne, The man from La Manchaand others on their national tour.
“They deliberately take the stage making you think they’re just a hay-chewing country band and at the end of the show you realize you’ve just witnessed a performance of some of the best training voices around. country, if not the world’s classic,” she said. “And their humor is so down-to-earth, often cheesy, and sometimes self-effacing that it’s almost impossible not to laugh out loud.”
The Texas-based trio formed in 2006 when their fame began to take off and grew even further after becoming runners-up on America’s Got Talent. Since then, they have appeared on numerous national television shows while continuing to perform in countless theaters across the country.
As well as being one of the “3 Redneck Tenors,” Matthew Lord, a California native and graduate of New York’s prestigious Julliard School, is the show’s screenwriter and primary creative force. He made his debut at the New York Metropolitan Opera in January 2004 in Boris Godunov and starred in Andrew Lloyd Weber’s The Phantom of the Opera as Piangi in the Hamburg, Germany production.
In a recent interview, Mr Lord said his goal and that of other tenors is to provide people with quality music and songs in a fun family entertainment format.
“People are looking to hear humor that doesn’t preach to them or push away half the audience,” Lord said. “When it comes to politics, we’re not going to change anyone’s mind, so why go there? We mention on the show that it’s time to be nice again. I don’t care if you’re red or blue, just be nice to each other.
He added: “It’s the same in the South as it is in the North, people just want to be entertained.”
The other members of the “3 Redneck Tenors” are just as talented as Mr. Lord.
Blake Davidson is an award-winning singer who has given solo concerts at New York University, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and the Tokyo Opera. He has also sung with the Anchorage and Dallas Operas and was a featured soloist with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.
Jonathan Frugé holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Texas Tech University. His credits include choral performances and solo appearances at Carnegie Hall with the New York City Chamber Orchestra and the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Prior to joining the ‘3 Redneck Tenors’, Jonathan was a highly sought after stage performer with over 20 lead roles to his credit, including Colonel Hugh Pickering in my lovely ladyand Jinx in Plaid forever.
The April 27 performance of “The 3 Redneck Tenors: Broadway Bound” will take place at the George Hall Auditorium at the Ogdensburg Free Academy. The show starts at 7:45 p.m. For more information visit www.ilovetheatre.org
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