It started with The Three Tenors -- Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras, and Luciano Pavarotti -- who gave their first concert together in 1990.
Then came Three Mo' Tenors, The Canadian Tenors (there are four of them, now known simply as The Tenors), and The Celtic Tenors (three of them). But if numbers count for anything, the Ten Tenors, a world-touring group from Australia coming to the Valentine Theatre March 18, have them beat.
The Ten Tenors, originally a group of college friends who got their start in1995, are known for the ability to mix rock, opera, and classical music. In Toledo they're doing their new show, "The Ten Tenors on Broadway." It will feature a collection of the best-loved classics, from theatrical showstoppers to ballads, including "Impossible Dream" from Man of La Mancha, Phantom of the "Opera’s "Music of the Night," and "Bring Him Home" from Les Miserables.
Notewothy Ten Tenors albums include 2004's Larger Than Life and Here's to the Heroes, in 2006. Recent successes include Double Platinum a double album featuring classical songs on one disc and contemporary songs on the other. According to press materials, they have sold 3.5 million tickets worldwide.
The ensemble began a four-month tour of the United States in January, and will follow that with two months of performing in their home country.
The Ten Tenors perform at the Valentine Theatre, 400 N. Superior St., at 7:30 p.m. March 18. Tickets, $56, $46, and $36, are available from 419-242-2787 or valentinetheatre.com.
Archbold's 'Golden Pond'
On Golden Pond, a drama by Ernest Thompson about a couple, Norman and Ethel Thayer, who are facing the challenges of aging, will be presented beginning tomorrow night by Archbold Community Theatre.
The play debuted on Broadway in 1979, and was adapted for the screen in 1981, in a film that starred Henry Fonda, Katherine Hepburn, and Jane Fonda.
As Norman approaches his 80th birthday, he and Ethel return to their idyllic home on Golden Pond in Maine. The Thayers' daughter, Chelsea, who has not visited Golden Pond in years, promises to return for her father's birthday despite their tense relationship. She brings along her new boyfriend, Bill Ray, and his son, Billy, as a shield from Norman's harsh personality. Chelsea talks her parents into keeping Billy over the summer, and eventually, Norman and Billy bond over fishing and books, and Chelsea and her father reconcile.
Bill Phelps and Nona Liechty of Archbold play Norman and Ethel. Chelsea and Billy are portrayed by Karen Jinks of Bryan and her son, Milo McRobbie. Shawn Leichty of Archbold is Bill Ray, and Charlie the mail carrier is played by Jeff Patterson of Archbold. The show is directed by Kim Semer, who is assisted by Amanda Opdycke; both are Bryan residents. Set construction and decoration are headed by Bill Phelps, Michelle Johnson, and Liechty.
"On Golden Pond" will be presented by Archbold Community Theatre at Giffey Hall in downtown Ridgeville Corners, Ohio, tomorrow, Saturday, and March 14-15 at 7:30 p.m. and March 16 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $11 general admission, $10 for seniors and children, by calling 419-267-5717 Monday-Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. At the door, all tickets are $12.
Call for writers
Launch Pad Cooperative is holding an open call for writers and poets for its Featured Lines reading series. More than a dozen local and regional writers have been showcased in extended readings at the gallery, 911 Jefferson Ave. The goal is to spotlight a single writer, giving them a platform to present a body of work and the time to engage the audience. Presenters decide the duration of the reading and choose the material to share. All forms of poetry, along with short and flash fiction are eligible for submission.
To apply, email the following materials to email@example.com with "featured lines submission" in the subject field: three to five writing samples, a short biography, and a resume, including previous reading events, publications, and other accolades related to your writing.
Launch Pad Cooperative is an artist-run established in 2012 for emerging visual artists and creative writers. Information: launchpadcooperative.com.
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