About the tenors

The model for this cast was always THE THREE TENORS phenomenon; three singers singing great songs - sometimes as trio, sometimes a duo, some times solo - with the music and the singers sharing the stage equally, unburdened by a heavy book. It was always about the music, primarily.

But it also needed to be quintessentially Bennett. What does that mean relative to characters? First of all they needed to be three romantic, handsome, tenors, who on their own could captivate and seduce an audience, but when all together provide a force from which you could not look away. Alone, engaging, in duet, arresting, and all together, thrilling. That's a challenge. Early on there was the thought of including one female in the cast; the prevailing thinking, however, was that it was the women in the audience that provided that engine for this very masculine event, and surely in the premiere we played several key songs with a singer at the edge of the stage, locking on one woman, and singing it all to her. She got it, the audience got it, and it was exciting.

But this needs to be said. The audition announcement read, "Roles to be cast: three romantic tenors of exceptional vocal skills, including a high C, who have knowledge of jazz styles, and who can move well. THIS PRODUCTION IS IN NO WAY AN IMITATION OR IMPERSONATION OF MR. BENNETT." And that's the truth. Like MY WAY, any imitation would fall far short.

There is a great line from a music critic who summed up Bennett's aura as "the spell of a singer in love with singing."

Tenor 1 ia a young man in his 20's, blond, boyish, with an arresting voice and infinite range.

This singer has a softer touch and needs a solid high C. He has many of the more Italian high notes in the show, like "Fly Me to the Moon" and “You Must Believe in Spring.”

Tenor 2 should be afro-American not just for the specific jazz material (like “I’m Just a Lucky So and So” and “Crazy Rhythm”) but also for the feel and style of the rhythmic scheme. He must have a high C as well. This actor should also be the best dancer/mover of the trio.
Tenor 3 is a dark complected, romantic, 40-something, sophisticated high baritone.

This singer needs to posses a more mature sound because of the song assignation. His standout numbers include “A Child is Born” and “The Shadow of Your Smile.” More importantly, he must have a high Bb in full voice.

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