The Rock Tenor is conceived by Evan and director Vincent Marini as a fusion of rock anthems and Broadway classics, with songs ranging from The Beatles, Puccini, Journey, Handel, The Police, Meatloaf, Les Miserables, Mozart, Sondheim, Bon Jovi, Andrea Bocelli, STYX, The Rolling Stones, Daughtry and Keith Urban. An official opening is July 15.
"Rob and I started with a basic question, 'If we had a single two-hour concert to deliver all of our favorite songs — regardless of genre — what would that concert look like?,'" Marini said in a statement. "From there we began weeding through hundreds of our favorites across every imaginable musical genre. As we did, we began to see connections between songs in the set list. Sometimes it was a lyrical connection, other times it was in the melody or the chord structure. Regardless, we began working with our extraordinarily talented colleagues to find ways of combining and fusing the different pieces of music together and ended up with something fresh and original. I can honestly say that if you love music — any type of music from Rock to Opera and everything in between — this is the show for you."
The Rock Tenor has arrangements by Joe Church, Henry Aronson, Kim Scharnberg, Jeremy Roberts and John Hinchey.
Evan, known for his long run as the duplicitous title character in Jekyll & Hyde on Broadway, has also appeared in Les Misérables, Little Shop of Horrors, Dance of the Vampires and in Off-Broadway's Johnny Guitar and The Prince and the Pauper. For tickets, ranging $25-$50, phone (215) 546-7824 or visit TheRockTenor.
The Wilma Theater is located at 265 South Broad Street in Philadelphia, PA.