The Mormon Tabernacle Choir nabbed a cool guest star for its summer concerts: Santino Fontana, the voice of Prince Hans in "Frozen." Though it was the Disney blockbuster that put him on the pop-culture map last November, Fontana is an established Broadway star, and those skills served him well Friday.
After a pair of pioneer hymns from the choir and Orchestra at Temple Square, it was off to Broadway and the movies. Choral arrangements of "Tonight" and "Somewhere" from Leonard Bernstein's "West Side Story" came off well; the Tabernacle Choir sopranos sounded particularly lovely in the delicate final bars of "Somewhere." Then Fontana bounded onstage with a spot-on rendition of "Something's Coming."
Fontana is a first-rate singer, with impeccable phrasing and rock-solid technique. He also has abundant charm, effortlessly playing to the back row of the cavernous LDS Conference Center while simultaneously looking natural in close-up shots on the venue's giant screens (and, presumably, in the pair of selfies he snapped on his phone). But most of all, he's a fine actor who slipped smoothly into a succession of characters Tony from "West Side Story," the Prince from Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella" (a role that got him nominated for a Tony Award), King Arthur from Lerner and Loewe's "Camelot," the hero of Burt Bacharach and Hal David's "Promises, Promises" and even Peter Pan and made each one sound distinct.