SYRACUSE — Get a taste of “Jersey” right here in Utah.
The Jersey Tenors, featuring Syracuse native Vaden Thurgood, is coming to Aug. 31 at 7 p.m. at Peery’s Egyptian Theater in Ogden. The concert, which is sponsored by the Northern Utah Chapter of the American Red Cross, features a mixture of operatic and popular music in a comedic theatrical setting.
“It’s theater, concert and comedy wrapped into one,” said Thurgood. “Our audiences end up laughing just as much as they do applauding.”
In the story for the show, the tenors are four guys from New Jersey who decide they need to learn more about music around the world. Their trip to England is marked by music by Queen, their visit to Italy features opera music, and their trip to France includes a version of “Somewhere Beyond the Sea” sung in both French and English.
“It’s a Broadway-grade performance,” said Thurgood. “It’s gotten a much bigger response than that we’ve ever had doing any other show.”
Earlier in the day, the group will also stop at Clearfield High School. Thurgood graduated from Clearfield High, and he’s bringing the tenors there to speak to the performing arts students about following their dreams.
“It’s a chance to give back to the students,” said Besty Panucci, Thurgood’s mother, who is helping to coordinate the concert.
Thurgood’s own performing dreams brought him to West Coast productions of “Damn Yankees” before he was invited to a training camp for the Broadway musical “Jersey Boys.” Though closures of other productions meant the timing for “Jersey Boys” didn’t work out, that training led him to the Jersey Tenors.
“That’s how they found me,” said Thurgood.
Brian Noonan, a former Broadway performer, started the group because he wanted to bring Broadway-style performances to other venues. Though the group tours regularly around the East coast, and just finished a run in Atlantic City, this is the first time the Jersey Tenors have ventured out this way.
“We wanted to see if we could bring the show further west than we ever had before,” said Thurgood of the work he and Panucci did to arrange the concert.
This isn’t the first time Thurgood has given back to the local branch of the American Red Cross. When he was in college, Thurgood gave them a song about heroes that they ended up using for a campaign. He also performed the song at some Red Cross events.
“In the days before I considered Broadway, I wrote folk albums on my guitar,” said Thurgood. “They needed a song with no copyright attached, and I told them I had something.”
A limited number of VIP packages for the show are available through the Red Cross. The VIP package includes a Director’s Circle Champagne Reception from 5-6:30 p.m., where the Jersey Tenors will be available for a meet-and-greet from 5-5:30 p.m. After the reception ends, VIP members will receive special seating at the concert.
To purchase a VIP package, call 801-625-0865 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.