Three phantoms show their vocal range
Three Phantoms, Regent on Broadway, Sunday, August 6.
The brainchild of the popular local theatre impresario Bruce Warwick, last Sunday's Three Phantoms brought together three New Zealanders who have created the title role in the international sensation The Phantom of the Opera. The sang a selection of their favourite numbers from music theatre.
Two of these gentlemen, Chris Crowe and Karl Perigo, will already be well known to local audiences because much of their youth was spent on local stages. For this occasion they were joined by Tim Beveridge, who may be remembered locally for his performance in the role of Emile in last year's touring production of South Pacific. For Sunday night's performance, they were also joined by Barbara Graham, who has performed opposite Chris Crowe in the role of Christine.
With each largely selecting their own material, performances were excellent throughout the evening, as each performer revealed their individual strengths through a wide variety of music. These included such audience favourites as Crowe's dramatic What Kind of Fool Am I, Beveridge's stirring Stars, Perigo's passionate Nessun Dorma or Graham's stunning The Girl in 14G. The hit numbers from Phantom were all eagerly anticipated by the audience.
Roger Buchanan superbly led the evening from the Regent Steinway grand piano, working with the much-loved Vicky Lee on keyboards. Together, they provided a solid accompaniment that allowed each performer to fully reveal the enormous expressive demands of each number.
By its very nature, the genre of tenor theatre music is passionate and uplifting, and while there were examples of this scattered throughout this review, surprisingly the audience was left a little underwhelmed at the conclusion of the evening. It may have been more satisfying to concentrate on a selection of the most exciting of the tenor genre throughout the second half, thus taking the audience to the heights of emotional acclaim this evening thoroughly deserved.