By Jacob Bembry
Greene Publishing, Inc.
“Mr. Pitts has one of the most beautiful voices in existence today with impeccable diction and admirable declamatory skills. In short, he is the Canio of our time.” Nino Pantano, a critic, reviewing Paul Pitts’ performance of Pagliacci.
Paul Pitts will bring his beautiful voice to Madison to perform The Scribe for the audience at the First Baptist Church on Wednesday evening, Aug. 3.
The two-act performance begins with the “Introduction of Andronicus” in Romans 16:7 where Paul urges the Romans to “Salute Andronicus and Junia, my kinsmen, and my fellow-prisoners, who are of note among the apostles, who also were in Christ before me.” (KJV) Paul was often in prison for preaching the Good News of Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead and Andronicus and Junia were probably there with him at some point.
Scenes that follow in the first act include “The Baptism of John,” found in Matthew 3:13-17; “Shepherd’s Story,” found in Luke 2:1-8; “Lord, Teach Us to Pray,” Matthew 6:5-15; “Sinner and the Saint,” from John 8:3-11; and “Triumphal Entry” from Matthew 21:1-11.
The second act begins with “The Centurion at Calvary” from Matthew 27:1-11. This is followed by “The Empty Tomb,” found in John 20:1-54. “House of Cornelius” follows from Acts 10:1-48. The play concludes with an invitation to accept Christ as Lord and Savior, found in Romans 1:16: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
Powerful songs are interspersed throughout the play, including “The Stranger of Galilee,” “O, Holy Night,” “The Lord’s Prayer,” “He Has Forgiven Me,” “The Holy City,” “They Could Not,” “It is Finished,” “O Glorious Morning” and “I Believe in a Hill Called Mount Calvary.”
A former winner of the “Outstanding Young Men of America Award,” Pitts has shared the stage with Zig Ziglar and John Maxwell. He has also sang at a Billy Graham Crusade in Indianapolis, Ind. He has performed at the Crystal Cathedral, Alamo Dome, T.D. Waterhouse Arena, Cypress Gardens and Opryland USA.
Pitts was chosen as the soloist for the “Concert of Peace,” held in Belfast, Ireland, to unite North and South Ireland. He has sung for the President of the United States, the Queen of England and members of the Royal Family. In 2008, he was the soloist for a TV special celebrating Israel’s 60 years of statehood.
An invitation to sing at the Summer Olympics in London, England in 2012 has gladly been accepted by him.
Pitts has sung to over five billion people by television, radio and personal appearances on seven continents during over 5,500 performances in his career.
Pitts said, “I gave my heart to the Lord, and I’ve never turned back. I have received God’s wonderful forgiveness and such a peace in my heart that I want to share with everyone. This has become my passion and purpose in life. If I can touch someone’s heart with the love of God, I will have lived out my purpose for living.”
Pitts’ one-man performance of The Scribe begins at 6 p.m.