By Tim Leeds
The Havre Community Concert Association is bringing a modern harmonic trio to perform in Havre on Monday.
The Manhattan Rhythm Kings, who have been compared with the Mills Brothers and Paul Whiteman's Rhythm Boys, will give the association's November performance.
The group's combination of song and dance attracted the attention of Tommy Tune, who asked it to assemble an act based on songs written by Fred Astaire in 1984. The Manhattan Rhythm Kings and Tune continue to collaborate, and the act has performed in Carnegie Hall, Atlantic City's Trump Plaza and on a tour of the former Soviet Union.
The Kings have performed with more than 70 orchestras, including the Boston Pops, and with notable celebrities, including Bob Hope, George Burns, Sandy Duncan, Liza Minelli, Leonard Bernstein, Judy Collins, Bette Midler and Gregory Hines.
The group uses a combination of close harmony singing, instrumental work and tap dancing in its performances, which have been featured on public television, "The 1992 Tony Awards," the "Today" show, "CBS This Morning" "Entertainment Tonight," "As the World Turns" and several appearances on "The Charles Grodin Show."
In the past 20 years, the Kings have performed in cabarets, colleges and concert halls across the country. A recent performance in Stowe, Vt., marked the 50th state the group has performed in.