NASCAR meets Puccini when "3 Redneck Tenors" perform in CFA

By David Wedekindt

Release Date: January 30, 2008

BUFFALO, N.Y. -– The Center for the Arts at the University at Buffalo will present 3 Redneck Tenors at 8 p.m. on Feb. 27 in the Mainstage Theatre in the Center for the Arts on the UB North (Amherst) Campus.

In the melodic wake of the three operatic tenors comes a new breed of tenors from more humble origins...3 Redneck Tenors -- A New Musical Adventure. The musical comedy featuring classically trained veteran artists from Broadway and world opera stages offers down home laughs with big city music. Written by opera-veteran Matthew Lord with music arranged by Craig Bohmler, 3 Redneck Tenors features a cast of veteran opera and Broadway stars including John Wilkerson, Alex Bumpas, Matthew Lord and Dinny McGuire.

Join Billy Bob, Billy Joe and Billy Billee as they mix NASCAR with La Bohéme, lite beer with Carmen and even kick up a little dust with Madame Butterfly. Travel with the three classical cousins from their modest beginnings in Paris, Texas, all the way to their triumphant debut at New York's famous Carnegie Hall. It's a foot stompin', knee slapin', uproariously funny musical redneck romp, with tunes from Elvis to Puccini, soul to pop and country to opera.

Tickets for 3 Redneck Tenors are $30 general admission and $20 for students. Tickets are available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday in the Center for the Arts Box Office and all Ticketmaster locations, including ticketmaster.com. To charge tickets, call 852-5000; in Canada, call 1-416-870-8000. For group sales, call 645-6771. For more information, call 645-ARTS. Students (of any school) must present valid student ID at the Center Box Office to receive discount.