BARITONES UNBOUND Opens Tonight at Asolo Rep
Spotlighting some of the greatest music ever written for this classically American register, Baritones UnBound: Celebrating the UnCommon Voice of the Common Man opens tonight, June 7 and runs through Sunday, June 29 at Asolo Rep. Baritones UnBound was originally produced in Boston, MA by ArtsEmerson: The World On Stage [Rob Orchard, Founder and Executive Director; David Dower, Director of Artistic Programs] in association with Holy Moses, Inc.
In this brand new musical event conceived by Broadway leading man and three-time Tony Award nominee Marc Kudisch and created by Merwin Foard, Marc Kudisch, Jeff Mattsey, and Timothy Splain, three dynamite baritones take the stage to give us a captivating musical tour of the baritone voice throughout history. Veteran singers Jeff Mattsey and Mark Delavan join Kudisch in an illuminating performance studded with classics from Broadway, opera and beyond. From Gregorian chants to well-known arias ("Ah! Per sempre," "Largo") including show tunes ("I am a Pirate King," "Oh What a Beautiful Mornin'") and popular music ("It Was a Very Good Year," "It's Now or Never," "Pretty Women"), Baritones UnBound: Celebrating the UnCommon Voice of the Common Man is a celebration of the baritone voice and its emergence as the revolutionary sound of the common man in one enchanted evening ringing with music, laughter and showmanship.
"Baritones UnBound is truly for everybody. The baritone represents the regular guy, the regular girl, the regular family, and we show that through the course of this musical event," said Marc Kudisch, creator and co-star of Baritones UnBound. "Every great song you love to listen to is in this show but you're going to hear it in a whole different way, and it's going to be sung by some of the best singers on the face of the planet."
Baritones UnBound continues the second season of Asolo Rep's five-year American Character Project, an in-depth look at this nation and its people. No other voice has defined the United States quite like the booming sound of the baritone. From Sinatra to Elvis and much more, this musical journey chronicles some of the most beloved singers and songs of all time.
"Baritones UnBound is a unique show packed with humor and extraordinary music. Featuring three of the most dynamic baritone singers in the world, it is a compelling, insightful and delightful look at a quintessentially American sound that I know will capture our patrons' hearts," said Michael Donald Edwards, Producing Artistic Director of Asolo Rep.