The Texas Tenors plays American Music Theatre July 10
If you go
What: The Texas Tenors in concert
Where: American Music Theatre, 2425 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 10
Tickets: All seats $42
Details: Order tickets by phone at 800-648-4102, 717-397-7700 or online at tickets.amtshows.com
Few music groups have as much versatility as The Texas Tenors.
The three friends from the Lone Star State, who came to national attention on NBC's "America's Got Talent", have a repertoire that runs the gamut from country and opera to pop and Broadway show tunes.
One minute they're singing Puccini's aria, "Nessun Dorma" and the next they're harmonizing on "Somewhere," the Broadway classic from "West Side Story".
You might have heard The Texas Tenors albums or seen the group's Emmy Award-winning television special on PBS.
The tenors — Marcus Collins, JC Fisher and John Hagen — will show off their wide-ranging musical talents when they perform July 10 at American Music Theatre in Lancaster. It's their second visit to AMT — the group last played there in 2014 — and one Collins said they're looking forward to.
"We're excited to come back," Collins said in a phone interview recently from his California home.
It was a rare day off from touring, something The Texas Tenors has done nearly nonstop since its breakout performance in 2009 on "America's Got Talent." Collins, Fisher and Hagen play about 150 concerts a year, including 60 shows at Branson, Missouri's Starlite Theatre.
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The busy schedule doesn't leave Collins much time to spend with his three beloved, rescued bulldogs -— Bella, Stella and Gabriela — unless he takes them on the road with him.
But it does afford Collins plenty of opportunity to sing the Broadway show tunes and pop songs he gravitates to the most.
"Telling a story through the music is the ultimate for me," the classically trained singer said.
The story-telling comes naturally to Collins. As an actor, has appeared in movies and TV shows including "Sex and the City," "30 Rock," and soap operas "As the World Turns" and "One Life to Live".
Collins sees parallels between acting and singing.
"To be able to sing the pieces we do, you have to be able to tell a story," he said.
One of Collins' favorite moments in The Three Tenors' show is when he sings Bruno Mars hit "Just the Way You Are." During the song, Collins ventures out into the crowd and invites audience members to snap selfies with him.
It's the kind of fan-friendly performance The Texas Tenors like to give fans.
The group spends an hour after each show meeting them.
"We're out there every day talking to folks, shaking hands, taking photos," Collins said.
Along with the pop tunes, Broadway show-stoppers and arias, The Texas Tenors' Lancaster appearance will also feature some patriotic numbers, Collins said.
Fans can expect to hear the group's version of the Neil Diamond hit "Coming to America," and a rendition of "God Bless the U.S.A." The group's YouTube version of the latter has gotten 1.2 million views, Collins said.
Those red-white-and-blue hits will no doubt be on the bill again later this summer when The Texas Tenors perform at the American Legion's national convention in Baltimore.