Since becoming a household name as a finalist during season two of NBC’s popular hit show “The Voice,” Chris Mann has enjoyed a remarkable rise to fame. He’s performed for the President and First Lady as part of TNT’s “Christmas in Washington” special, appeared on “The Today Show” and the “Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” and now, he’s coming to Rhode Island to the completely renovated historic Park Theatre on Friday, May 17.
A classically-trained singer and songwriter who has successfully introduced a new generation to the classical-pop genre, Chris Mann got his big break on “The Voice” when he finished first on Team Christina Aguilera and represented her in the final round. Following “The Voice,” Mann signed with Faircraft/Republic, a record label formed by renowned music producer and executive Ron Fair – who has also worked with stars such as Aguilera and Mary J. Blige, among others.
In October 2012, Mann released his full-length debut album, Roads, which shot straight to No. 1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Chart and reached the Top 5 on Billboard’s Classical Chart. Upon its release, Mann was invited to perform during a number of high-profile television appearances including an opportunity to sing for President Barack Obama. He also released a holiday EP, Home for Christmas, which was sold exclusively at Walmart and reached No. 1 on the chain’s best-selling album list.
As his star continues to shine, Chris Mann kicked-off 2013 with performances on “Conan” and the Ellen Degeneres Show while recording his very own PBS Special with award-winning producer Ken Ehrlich. Titled “Chris Mann in Concert: A Mann for all Seasons,” the show aired nationwide in March 2013 and featured guest appearances by multi-platinum artist Martina McBride and Mindi Abair. A re-creation of the Elvis Presley ’69 Comeback Special, the show features Mann performing in a boxing ring on a Sony sound stage.
Chris Mann will take the stage at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 17. Tickets are priced at $25 and $35 and are available by calling the Park Theatre’s Box Office at 467-7275 or online at www.ParkTheatreRI.com. The Park Theatre is located at 848 Park Avenue, Cranston. Free parking is available for all shows.
Built in 1924, the Park Theatre served as a cultural landmark for nearly eight decades until its closing in 2002. Following seven years and nearly $10 million in renovations, the Park Theatre has been reborn as Rhode Island’s newest theatre and performing arts center. As a fully-equipped, state of the art multi-purpose facility, the Park Theatre features concerts, comedy, theatrical performances, opera, dance recitals, children’s and family shows, and more. Through its extensive renovations, the Park Theatre boasts a larger, deeper stage and 1,000 plush seats that feature significantly more legroom between rows than most theatres. The facility also includes the Stage Door Restaurant and Lounge, a pre-show destination that offers a unique environment for guests to indulge in dinners, appetizer offerings and cocktails before a performance. Free parking is available for all events. For more information visit www.ParkTheatreRI.com.