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Jun
14

The TEN Tenors On Broadway

 

The TEN Tenors On Broadway

Frog in a Sock & Dmand

June 6 – 7 2014

QPAC Lyric Theatre

 

Reviewed by Michelle Bull

 

Following a four month tour of the US, The TEN Tenors are back on home-soil with a brand new Broadway show! This dynamic live experience is a wonderful collection of Broadway’s most-loved classics sung by Ten of Australia’s hottest Tenors. Fans will be delighted by this powerful mix of theatrical showstoppers and heart-melting ballads as The TEN Tenors break new ground and take on some of the greatest show tunes in the world.

 


 

Racing across town on Friday night I was delighted to finally be catching the international success story that is The TEN Tenors.

 

Since forming as students at the Queensland Conservatorium the Tenors have gone on to sell over 3.5 million concert tickets across seven continents, not to mention laying claim to multiple gold and platinum albums. Not bad for a bunch of blokes from Brissy who started the group to raise some extra cash for beer!

 

The currently touring production, On Broadway, is a rousing romp through iconic musical theatre classics from Rodgers and Hammerstein to rock and roll favourites from Queen. Given the hype, I was sure I was about to experience the thrill of the ‘power of ten’ that I have heard so much about.

 

Arriving to find the Lyric theatre packed to the rafters, it was clear the boys have a solid home following; the audience buzzed with anticipation and it was hard not to be caught up in the excitement! After all what’s not to love? Fabulous voices, epic arrangements and rock and roll energy times ten!

 

Over the next few hours the boys delivered a selection of musical theatre favourites old and new…Jersey Boys, Miss Saigon, Phantom of the Opera, Oklahoma, The Wizard of Oz all were on the menu along with the surprising addition of Defying Gravity from the musical Wicked (sure to turn any Elphaba green with envy!) as well as an absolutely gorgeous arrangement of Falling Slowly from the movie/musical Once.

 

A set from West Side Story showed some tight ensemble singing and brilliant onstage camaraderie. While solo moments provided a wonderful opportunity to hear the diverse vocal colours and personality of each singer, combined as ten, they produced a thrilling blend that was beautifully balanced, powerful and rich. It is this collective sound that I’m sure has ensured the group’s ongoing success.

 

A set from Frankie Valli and the Four seasons seemed to be a favorite moment for the boys themselves, the iconic song Sherry in particular was vocally flawless and utterly infectious; my guess is these songs are a lot of fun to sing!

 

The final number, Journey’s Don’t Stop Believing (re-invented on the hit show Glee) was another unexpected addition and had everyone (including my non-dancing date for the night) up on their feet!

 

Along with undeniable vocal prowess, the group’s boundless energy and sense of fun are captivating. Their cheeky banter was relaxed, full of Aussie charm and created a natural connection to the audience.

 

The use of live musicians along with recorded tracks gave life to the arrangements and provided a wonderful sense of authenticity; short solos showcased the skill and musicality of both players.

 

Other production elements, particularly the use of projections I had mixed feelings about. In some sets (Frankie Valli and West Side Story) it added to the experience, in others I found it a little distracting and overly cheesy. The staging and choreography however were seamless and created ongoing visual interest. It also added a great sense of fun; those legs in the kick line were enviable!

 

Essentially The TEN Tenors provided a fabulous, uplifting and fun night of entertainment. Their signature style fuses opera, musical theatre and rock with class and power. It’s clear these boys love what they do, and whether you’re a fan of opera or rock, folk or pop you’re bound to love it too.

 

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