3 TENORS IN SEARCH OF AN ACT Plays National Opera Center Recital Hall Today
The 3 Tenors, Bill Brooks, Edd Clark, and Stephen Tharp are back, and expanding the boundaries of the American Songbook. For one night only, the tenors are celebrating the songs of American composers from Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil to Ned Rorem, from Christine Lavin to Samuel Barber and Ernest Gold, current composers, Paul Stephan and David Cisco, and throwing in just a little dash of Charles Ives.
With music director Paul Stephan, the tenors are taking songs from these great American composers and putting them together in a fun, exciting evening with all proceeds going to The Tersia Jonck Music Education Fund. The Fund supports music education for children ages 6 to 13 at Excelsior Primary School in South Africa.
The concert is tonight, July 30st at 7:00 p.m., at the National Opera Center Recital Hall, 330 7th Ave. There will be a suggested donation of $15.
3 TENORS...IN SEARCH OF AN ACT - In Concert Is a show packed with the same wicked, smart, and uplifting material that made their Bistro Award winning show 3 Tenors...in Search of an Act, so successful. After seeing the first show, David Finkle wrote "...how much room is there for three new tenors who've decided to goose their disparate careers by banding together? You'd better make room...they could be booked immediately into the best rooms in the country"
In addition to 3 Tenors...In Search of an Act - In Concert, the Bill, Steve, and Edd will return with 3 Tenors...In Search of an Act - The Christmas Show December 13th and 15th at Don't Tell Mama's.
The original concept was the brain-child of Edd Clark and Paul Stephan, who asked their long-time friends, Bill Brooks and Steven Tharp to do a show spoofing the original "3 Tenors." The show took the NY cabaret scene by storm. With 30 successful performances, a Bistro Award, and nominations for both the New York Night Life and MAC Awards, 3 Tenors...in Search of an Act proved a Broadway tenor (Bill Brooks), a legit tenor (Edd Clark), and an opera tenor (Steven Tharp), can share the same stage, and make it work brilliantly
Bill Brooks has performed and traveled throughout Europe and the United States. He was most recently seen on Broadway in the Irish Rep.'s benefit concert of CAMELOT with Jeremy Irons at the Schubert Theatre. He has played a variety of roles including Che in EVITA, Gus/Growltiger in the Hamburg production of CATS, Old Soldier/Judge Roan in PARADE, and appeared Off-Broadway in DISAPPEARING ACT.
Bill was a 1998 Cabaret Fellow at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, CT and won a 2005 BACK STAGE BISTRO AWARD for "Best Musical Comedy Act" as co-creator, producer and performer in 3 TENORS IN SEARCH OF AN ACT! He can be seen online as Store Brands USA's "Home and Health Tip Guy" at www.StoreBrandsUSA.com. Find out more at his website: www.Bill-Brooks.com
Edd Clark is the co-founder of the New Opera Group in NYC, and sang leading roles in the American premieres of Cimarosa's Le Astuzie Femminilli, and Haydn's Le Pescatrici, and the NY premiere of Cimarosa's The Italian Girl in London. In musical theatre Edd has appeared as Pirelli in Sweeney Todd, the Padre in Man of LaMancha, Tito Merelli in Lend Me a Tenor, Gaylord Ravenal in Showboat, and performed in both the national andinternational tours of Hello Dolly starring Mimi Hines. He has is a founding member of the chamber vocal group Cantus. He recorded the tenor solo in the Vaughn Williams Hodie with the Hickory Choral Society.
With singing partner Sue Matsuki, Edd has performed in Sue & Edd's FABULOUS Christmas, and was a MAC Award finalist for their new show. It's Us Again, the Music of Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme. Edd is a multimedia designer, and lives in Manhattan with his partner, composer Paul Stephan. www.eddclark.com
Steven Tharp has appeared throughout the world in opera, oratorio and recital. He has sung with the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, the Royal Philharmonic, the Minnesota Opera, the New York Festival of Song, Caramoor, Spoleto, and dozens of other presenters. His repertoire ranges from Monteverdi to contemporary song, and encompasses over 60 operatic roles. He has recorded for Naxos, Decca, Newport, Albany and Delos. His most recent recording, with pianist Jan-Paul Grijpink, is Schubert's Schwanengesang, and a disc of Fauré songs with Rachelle Jonck is forthcoming.
Steve is also an opera director and a voice teacher. Starting this fall, he will become Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Missouri. Learn more about him at www.steventharptenor.com.