The First North American Tour of the high-octane internationalinternational musical sensation, The Choir of Man, will roar into the Durham Performing Arts Center at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27th. According to this singular show’s official website: “It’s a party. It’s a concert. It’s a pint-filled good time set in a working pub (free beer anyone?) that combines hair-raising harmonies, high-energy dance, and live percussion with foot-stomping choreography. The multitalented cast of nine handsome blokes sings everything — pub tunes, folk, Broadway, classic rock — all to roof-raising heights. It’s the best singing, dancing, stomping, pub crawl of a concert you’ll ever attend! CHEERS!”
The show premiered at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where it attracted overflow audiences and earned ecstatic reviews. For example, the Edinburgh Evening News awarded the show five stars and raved, “No matter how hard you look, you won’t find a more joyful hour of entertainment on the Fringe.” DPAC adds, “This worldwide smash, and a runaway hit of numerous music festivals, will have stateside audiences on their feet!” The North American tour debuted on Oct. 2nd in Rudder Auditorium at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX.
“The Choir of Man is the combination of what DPAC audiences love — song, dance, and a whole lot of fun. We are excited to be part of their first run on this side of the Atlantic and for Triangle audiences to have a smashing time!”
Also according to DPAC:
“Known across the globe as ‘the ultimate-feel good show,’ The Choir of Man offers up 90 minutes of indisputable joy….
“One of the show’s producers, Nic Doodson states, ‘The guys have spent the last couple of years touring the U.K. and Australia, and they are ready to bring this show to American audiences! This concert is such a great time for all — whether it’s a ladies’ night, first date, guys’ night out or even a bachelorette party! So, grab your best mates and we’ll see you at the venue … the first pint is on us (seriously)!'”
“Imagine the greatest pub gig you’ve ever been to, multiply it by 10, and you’ll still be nowhere near the fun that this show exudes throughout. The show celebrates music that has wide appeal including songs by Adele, Queen, Paul Simon, Katy Perry, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and more. The cast features world-class tap dancers, acrobats, singers, instrumentalists, and poets, ensuring that there is something for everyone in this joyous and uplifting show for all ages.
“The Choir of Man is the latest show from the creative minds of [producer/director] Nic Doodson and [producer] Andrew Kay — the team behind Soweto Gospel Choir, The Magnets, and the award-winning North by Northwest: The Play.
The show’s creative team also includes associate director James Fortune, choreographer and movement director Freddie Huddleston, arranger and music supervisor Jack Blume, and poetry guru Ben Norris. In addition to Denis Grindel as the show’s Narrator, the DPAC cast will include Freddie Huddlestone as Tapper, Tom Brandon as Hard-Man, Andrew Carter as Pub Bore, Connor Going as Piano-Man, Peter Lawrence as Beast, Mark Loveday as Barman, Aidan Banyard as Joker, and John Sheehy as Casanova, plus Swing George Bray.
Broadway Baby calls The Choir of Man “a feast for the senses” and adds “… [It] will have you dancing down the aisles. Leave your worries in your coat and grab a pint!”
SECOND OPINION: Oct. 24th Raleigh, NC WRAL.com preview by Kathy Hanrahan for “What’s on Tap”: https://www.wral.com/pub-rock-choir-of-man-brings-bar-fun-to-durham/17940070/; and Oct. 25th Raleigh, NC BroadwayWorld.com Raleigh BWW Interview with Denis-Grindel, conducted by Lauren Van Hemert: https://www.broadwayworld.com/raleigh/article/BWW-Interview-THE-CHOIR-OF-MANS-Denis-Grindel-Raises-a-Glass-to-Ireland-Friendship-and-Manhood-in-Advance-of-DPAC-Show-20181025; and .
The Durham Performing Arts Center presents THE CHOIR OF MAN at 8 p.m. Oct. 27 at 123 Vivian St., Durham, North Carolina 27701, in the American Tobacco Historic District.
TICKETS: $20 and up, plus taxes and fees.
Ticketmaster: 800-982-2787 or https://www.ticketmaster.com/venueartist/369510/2515939.
GROUP RATES (15+ tickets): 919/281-0587, Groups@DPACnc.com, or http://www.dpacnc.com/events-tickets/group-services.
VIDEO PREVIEWS: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9ArI9wD5kzRmiK4-piYsmg.
DPAC NEWS RELEASE: https://www.dpacnc.com/news/detail/the-choir-of-man-at-dpac-on-october-27.
THE TOUR: http://www.thechoirofman.co.uk/casts-creative/north-america/, https://www.facebook.com/thechoirofman/, https://twitter.com/choirofman, and https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9ArI9wD5kzRmiK4-piYsmg.
TOUR CREATIVE TEAM: http://www.thechoirofman.co.uk/casts-creative/creative-team/.
The Choir of Man (London theatrical production): http://www.thechoirofman.co.uk/ (official website), https://www.facebook.com/thechoirofman/ (Facebook page), https://twitter.com/choirofman (Twitter page), and https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9ArI9wD5kzRmiK4-piYsmg (YouTube).
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