Three Redneck Tenors at Blue Gate Performing Arts Center
DOWN HOME LAUGHS. BIG CITY MUSIC.
The 3 Redneck Tenors are a new breed in the “tenor genre” – their musical comedy featuring classically trained veteran artists is like Duck Dynasty goes to Carnegie Hall – down-home laughs with big city music! It has been said that if Larry the Cable Guy, Il Divo, and Mrs. Doubtfire had a baby, that child would be The 3 Redneck Tenors. Written by opera-veteran Matthew Lord with music arranged by award-winning composer Craig Bohmler, and starring Mr. Lord, Blake Davidson, and Jonathan Fruge, The 3 Redneck Tenors were top finalists on “America’s Got Talent” and have been thrilling audiences since 2006.
These boys have seen it all, sing it all, and make us laugh ’till we double over, reminding us that in life, it’s not just the destination, it’s the journey. Get ready for one side-splitting ride as we go on an excursion only the 3 Redneck Tenors could have had… delighting audiences with their vocal prowess and a smorgasbord of songs and music ranging from Gospel, to Country, to Broadway, Pop, and Classical.
ABOUT THE CAST
A native of California, tenor Matthew Lord is recognized as a versatile performing artist with a voice capable of encompassing repertoire from the 18th Century to works by composers of today. His stage work is consistently praised for its naturalness, intensity, and commitment.
Mr. Lord also has performed with almost every major opera house in the U.S., including San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Dallas, Opera, Houston Opera, Washington Opera, Portland Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Glimmerglass Opera, Tulsa Opera, The Spoleto Arts Festival among others. He made his New York Metropolitan Opera debut in January 2004 in Boris Godunov. Prolific in all kinds of music, Mr. Lord also performed in Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Phantom of the Opera as Piangi in the Hamburg Germany production.
Lord’s concert appearances include engagements with the Detroit Symphony, the Juilliard Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony and Santa Fe Symphony to name a few. He is also a proud graduate of the prestigious Juilliard Opera Center. Mr. Lord is the creator and writer of The 3 Redneck Tenors.
Dallas, TX native Blake Davidson is an award-winning singer who has performed all over the world, and whose range of experience includes opera, symphony, and musical theatre. He received his vocal training at The University of North Texas and has been presented in solo concerts at NYU, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and the Tokyo Opera House.
Mr. Davidson has sung with the Anchorage Opera, the Dallas Opera, the Dallas Symphony (on whose Christmas CD he is the featured soloist), the Fort Worth Symphony, and The Florida Orchestra. Performances outside the US include New Zealand’s Auckland Philharmonia and the Filharmonico de Jalisco (Guadalajara, Mexico). Early in his career, he was seen off-Broadway at 2nd Stage, and as the ringmaster for the Shrine circus.
Davidson’s awards and nominations include the American Repertoire Award at the Bellini Competition in Sicily, and a Best Actor in a Musical nomination for the Leon Rabin Award for his portrayal of Fred/Petruchio in “Kiss Me, Kate”. He is in demand as soloist and recording artist with many symphonies, most recently the Dallas Symphony “Christmas at the Superpops” concert, and a Beethoven 9th Symphony with the Corpus Christie Symphony. In December 2017 he was the featured soloist with the Plano (TX) Symphony Orchestra and has been engaged by the San Angelo Symphony to be the featured soloist in their Christmas concert December 7th.
Jonathan Fruge has been hailed as “always funny”, “always good for a smile”, and “gripping” in his vocal performances. A native of Lubbock, Texas, by way of Southern Louisiana, Jonathan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Performance and his Masters of Music in Vocal Performance from Texas Tech University.
Mr. Fruge’s credits include choral performances and soloist appearances at Carnegie Hall with the New York City Chamber Orchestra, Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Meyerson Center, the Texas State Capitol, two appearances at the Texas Music Educators Association convention in San Antonio, 2004 Southwest American Choral Directors Association in Little Rock, the 2005 American Choral Directors Association National Convention in Los Angeles, the 2007 American Choral Masterpieces festival in Austin, the 2009 Texoma NATS featured performance in Lubbock, over 20 featured solos with Texas Tech University Choir, Texas Tech Madrigal Singers, the Texas Tech Matador Singers, and the Lubbock Chorale.
Before joining The 3 Redneck Tenors, Jonathan was a highly sought-after stage performer, having over 20 leading roles to his credit including Col. Hugh Pickering in My Fair Lady, Jinx in Forever Plaid, 3 original premiers, 4 regional tours, his first concert appearance with the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, and Billy Bob in the first licensed production of The 3 Redneck Tenors.