The Four Tenors are big guys with big voices who sing everything from Broadway to classical, from country to rock.
The quartet includes Brian Damson, Morgan James, Michael Scott Brooks and Ken Nielson. They make their southeastern Washington debut Feb. 10, performing a Love me Tenor concert at the Power House Theatre in Walla Walla. Curtain time is 7 p.m. Feb. 10-12, 14-19 and 22-26 and 3 p.m. Feb. 11-12, 18-19 and 25-26.
The guys are as funny as they are talented, so the show is guaranteed to be entertaining, said Sunny Thompson, the show's director and arranger.
Thompson, perhaps best known for her portrayal of Marilyn Monroe in her hit one-woman stage show, Marilyn: Forever Blonde, stepped out of the limelight to direct the quartet.
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"I'm not a director, in the sense of a theatrical play but for a musical revue that features lots of harmonies and tricky phrasings like The Four Tenors show," Thompson said.
She takes her job seriously -- sort of.
"It's good to have a vocal director to beat up on the boys," she quipped. "I love that!"
As for the guys, all have worked with Thompson and Greg, her producer husband, for a few years.
"We all worked with Greg and Sunny prior to coming to Walla Walla," Damson said.
And don't let his boyish looks fool you, he added.
"As young as I look, I actually started with Greg Thompson Productions 20 years ago as a mere child," he jested.
The other three tenors also have worked with the Thompsons at various times, but The Four Tenors production is the first time they have worked together.
James said that even though he has been working with the Thompsons since 1997, it wasn't until the summer 2011 that Love Me Tenor came together.
"Sunny started rounding us all up and told us she was going to put together a super group, and she did," James said.
The quartet has performed 120 shows since opening a year ago.
"It seems like we've been together forever now," Brooks said.
Some of the guys have interests outside of the group: Brooks writes and arranges music for a number of vocal groups. James is a lawyer by trade, but singing and running his mustang horse ranch near Branson, Mo., are his first loves.
Damson has been singing his whole life, but he also is a personal trainer. As for Nielson, he says music is the only thing he knows how to do.
They all love having Thompson as their director, even if she is a taskmaster.
She keeps pressure on them to make sure their performances are top notch, and she doesn't tolerate slackers, they said.
"She wants us to be the best we can be," they said.
Tickets to the show are from $9 to $50, depending on seat location, and are available at www.phtww.com or call 509-529-6500.
*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; firstname.lastname@example.org