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Woodford Times - Peoria, IL
  • The Ten Tenors bringing Broadway tunes to Peoria

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  • After touring in their home country of Australia, The Ten Tenors will be making a stop in Peoria.
     
    The Tenors will entertain audiences on Friday with The Ten Tenors On Broadway. The performance will feature music from shows such as "Les Miserables," "Guys & Dolls" and "Once," according to Tenor Ben Clark.
     
    "We may even get a little 'Wicked,'" he said.
     
    The Tenors, consisting of Joseph Naim, Paul Gelsumini, Chad Hilligus, Jared Newall, Cameron Barclay, Ben Stephens, Keane Fletcher, Sebastian Maclaine, Robert Barbaro and Clark, formed after performing a corporate show in Brisbane, Australia, in the 1990s.
     
    "It was great timing as opera had been thrown into the mainstream audience with the massive success of The Three Tenors," Clark said. "I don't think anyone planned for the reception that one off performance received, and from that night alone, the boys managed to secure gigs up and down the east coast of Australia, then all of Australia, and then in the early 2000s, we managed to break onto the international scene with an appearance on Eurovision."
     
    Besides Peoria, The Ten Tenors have stops planned in Chicago, Springfield and St. Charles. However, Clark said Peoria was a great fit four the tour because the city features one of the oldest symphony orchestras in the nation and has a strong performing arts program.
     
    "Its obvious that Peoria is a town that supports the arts," Clark said. "We're really confident that The Ten Tenors and Peoria are going to get along just fine."
     
    He said the show on Friday will take attendees through the golden age of Broadway music.
     
    "From the music of (Leonard) Bernstein to Stephen Schwartz, we're covering all genres that scream Broadway," he said.
     
    In addition he joked that they "can expect Australian humor and words you've perhaps never heard of before in accents unfamiliar to you."
     
    "We take what we do very seriously, we love it, but we never take ourselves too seriously," Clark said. "It's the Aussie way. So prepare to laugh, maybe cry, but above all else, prepare to be entertained."
     
    The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available for $37, $47 and $61.
     
    Tickets are on sale at the Peoria Civic Center Box office, Ticketmaster.com and by calling 1-800-745-3000.
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