Mannequin Man by Day, Tenor by Night fuses two worlds, in an epic musical fantasia that brings mannequins, magic to glorious life with dazzling choreography, a soaring original score with a live orchestra!
April 3rd-4th, 2020
Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts
18000 Park Plaza Drive
Cerritos, CA 90703
Mannequin Man by Day, Tenor by Night, is an intriguing new musical about protagonist James, who struggles to balance his artistic passions with his family responsibilities. James designs and sells mannequins by day and practices his opera by night. Even though James has always put his family duty first, his passionate desire for a musical career starts to turn into an obsession. On his 30th wedding anniversary, James is at home practicing for an upcoming vocal competition instead of paying attention to his wife, Lily. When his loud operatic ballads annoy the whole family, Lily throws him out. He decides to live at his warehouse, where his magician neighbor, who has his eye on James’ neglected wife, turns the mannequins to life to becomes James’ adoring audience. As James’ singing drastically improves, his life begins to spiral out of control...
Lily is convinced by the magician to be turned into a special 'yoga' mannequin so she can sneak into the warehouse to see what her husband is up to. Mannequin Lily wins first prize in the warehouse talent show and James seems to notice something familiar in this mannequin and yearns to be reunited with his wife. However, he accidentally sells the special mannequin to his most persnickety customer and ships Lily on a flight to New York. Get your tickets today to find out what happens next!
In September 2018 six performances were SOLD OUT at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood, CA
July 2018 we had 4 preview performances at the Rose Center Theater in Westminster, CA
Reviews Are In!
“Tenor By Night does not leave even one stone unturned! This show has absolutely everything: music, comedy, drama, mystery, singing, dancing, an evil magician, acrobats, an unbelievably stunning hand balancing act, a bit of three beautiful famous operas, and even a mannequin fashion show and singing luggage! I could not catch my breath between the many surprises."
- Karen Salkin, Itsnotaboutme.tv 9/25/18
“Tenor By Night is a new fantasy musical that has a lot of things going for it. The very original story is funny and clever, framed by a wonderful melodic score with songs that soar, and some sassy ones too. And there’s the feel-good backstory of how this show is a dream come true for Chinese immigrant James Chiao. There’s not a dull moment in the story with singing, dancing, and even “magic.” It harkens back to the golden era of Broadway classics. Yet it feels contemporary as well. It’s the best of both worlds."
- Margie Barron, EntertainmentToday.net 9/25/18
“There is something very magical about watching dreams come to life. In this case, the journey from the dream to the stage is wondrously profound, to say the least. The musicality is absolutely beautiful, and the cast are all truly exceptional singers. They give life to this delightful story and fill these lovely characters with the passion they deserve. It’s an unusual and enigmatic story, there are so many hilarious moments and also quite poignant and moving turns to the story. My absolute favorite number involved dancing suitcases at the airport in a frantic race to save Lily. You’ll just have to see it to believe it!"
- Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros, Nohoartsdistrict.com 9/26/18
"'Tenor’ is, essentially, charming...produced with excellent tech design by daughter Amy Chiao...this production (including "living" mannequins with plastic breasts and hunky Chippendales clones with shiny six packs) adds to the satirical approach…with genuine humor yet still retains his fundamental message: Pursue the dream. With a nod to Joseph Campbell: Follow your bliss.”
- Michael Sheehan, OnStageLosAngeles.blogspot.com 9/23/18