SARASOTA — Spotlighting some of the greatest music ever written for this classically American register, Baritones UnBound: Celebrating the UnCommon Voice of the Common Man opens June 7 at Asolo Rep, with one preview on Friday, June 6. In this brand new musical event, 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 leading man, co-creator and three-time Tony Award nominee Marc Kudisch in an illuminating performance 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”), the production 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.
|Baritone Jeff Mattsey. Photo by Paul Marotta|
"Baritones UnBound is truly for everybody," says Kudich. "The baritone represents the regular guy, the regular girl, the regular family, and we show that through the course of this musical event. 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 was created by Kudisch, Mattsey, Merwin Ford and Timothy Splain. It was originally produced in Boston, MA by ArtsEmerson: The World On Stage. Asolo's production runs through Sunday, June 29.
“Baritones UnBound is a unique show packed with humor and extraordinary music,"said Michael Donald Edwards, Producing Artistic Director of Asolo Rep. "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."
Tickets for Baritones UnBound start at $20. To purchase tickets, call 941.351.8000 or 800.361.8388, visit www.asolorep.org, or visit the Asolo Repertory Theatre Box Office, located in the lobby of the theatre.