MY WUNNERFUL WEDNESDAY WITH
THE WELK STARS
This is the Stranahan Theater,
located in my hometown of Toledo,OH
where the concert took place!
Here's Dick Dale wishing that you to enjoy the show and the pictures that follow!
THE LIVE LAWRENCE WELK SHOW FROM TOLEDO
MARCH 16, 2005
It has been two years since Rockland Productions last brought the Live Lawrence Welk Show to Toledo, but like the old saying goes....good things happen for those who wait, and just like my last concert report, it was exciting and wunnerful, living up to all the expectations. I arrived at Strahahan Theather, same venue as last time, around 2:30 with the excitement building up to a fever pitch. There was a big house on hand, remarkable considering it was a mid-week concert held during the afternoon.
The show featured original stars Mary Lou Metzger, Ralna English, Ava Barber, Dick Dale, Jack Imel and the one and only Big Tiny Little. Rounding out the performers is accoridian extrodinare Tim Padilla and the Champagne Music Makers under the direction of Bobby Tillery. It was a fantastic experience, the cast opened with "Say It With Music", Ralna treated the audience with "You'll Never Know" and "How Great Thou Art", Mary Lou showed her versitility with "He's Got The Whole World In His Hands", and look very sexy in her "I Wanna Be A Rockette" number and of course Ava Barber had the men in the audience in the palm of her hand, serenading them in the crowd and knocking them dead with "Heartaches By The Number."
Dick Dale looked chipper, young and vibrant as always, singing great with "There Will Be Some Changes Made" and joking with the audience. Jack Imel went all out on stage with "Old Bones" and the marimba classic "Bye Bye Blues" in which he thought about leaping over the marimbas, but said that it is nearly "forty years old and can't take it no more!" and that was funny! There was Tiny Little tickling the ivories to "One Of These Things" among his selections and he was very very good! To sum it all up, the show was great and I got a chance to talk with the stars first at intermission and finally at the end of the show, they are all such nice and talented people.
The boys and girls open the show amid great fanfare
WANNA SEE MY CONCERT PICTURES? CLICK HERE!