Four Tenors to ring theater's rafters

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WALLA WALLA - From Bon Jovi to "Danny Boy" to Johnny Cash, four big voices will belt it out at the Power House Theatre this month.

Although The Four Tenors are a relatively new group, their professional voices have resounded in theaters nationwide for decades, said Harry Hosey, Power House managing partner.

"Their voices are spectacular. Unrivaled," he said, recalling when he first saw the group perform at the Seven Feathers Casino Resort in Canyonville, Ore.

"I was anticipating some very big voices and I was anticipating more classical opera. And so I was surprised by the range that they had of show tunes, Broadway hits.

And then there was their ‘Ghost Riders in the Sky;' it was just breathtaking," he added.

The Four Tenors' show does contain some opera and classical Irish songs. But most are contemporary and often country, which helps the vocalists connect with their audiences, Hosey said.

The "rocker" of the four, who sings everything from Elvis to Maroon Five to Bon Jovi, is Ken Nielson. From Salt Lake City, he traded performing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir to go after top billing on Broadway and other big contemporary venues. He considers himself a "show business gypsy."

His venues include everything from off-Broadway productions to regular stints with major cruise lines, usually as the featured vocalist and master of ceremonies.

In addition to his singing, Michael Scott Brooks is an accomplished pianist. He's been performing since 15 and is an award-winning vocalist once named the International Young Singer of the Year at the worldwide Eisteddfod Festival in Wales.

He has served as musical director, composer, arranger and accompanist for tenor soloist with several professional groups, including The Detroit Symphony Orchestra Chorus, The Ken Jewel Chorale and The Michigan Opera Theatre.

Brian Damson studied at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and the University of Kentucky.

His musical career includes performing internationally and as an award-winning actor and cabaret performer. In addition to performing in "Sweeney Todd" and "La Cage Aux Folles," he was inducted into The Musical Theatre Round Table Hall of Fame and was once voted Best New Performer by the Los Angeles Theatre Critics.

Finally, Morgan James has performed for kings and presidents, and sung with stars such as Andy Williams, Dean Martin, Bob Hope, Jose Feliciano, Barry Manilow, Gary Puckett and the Union Gap and numerous others.

James also appeared in such movies as "Finian's Rainbow" and "Paint Your Wagon."

Actress and singer Sunny Thompson, who recently starred in the Powerhouse Theatre performance of "Marilyn: Forever Blonde," will direct the Four Tenors show.

On Valentine's Day, The Four Tenors will put on a "Love Me Tenor" show that will include a dinner and drinks by T. Maccarone's and Olive Marketplace for $85 per person.

Tickets for their regular performance range from $9 to $50.

The Four Tenors runs Feb. 10-25, with regular performances at 7 p.m. and matinees at 3 p.m. For tickets, show dates and time, go to www.phtww.com.

Alfred Diaz can be reached at alfreddiaz@wwub.com or 526-8325.

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