Grecos -- Buddy and Jose II -- on separate programs, Betty Garrett, Gogi
Grant, the Peking Acrobats and an act very close to my heart, the
Platters. Not to mention Fran Jeffries and the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra and
a return visit from another of my favorites, "Forever Plaid."
Reynolds, who blossomed as a teenager in the movie classic "Singin' in
the Rain" with Gene Kelly nearly 50 years ago, will kick off OCC's
performing arts season with a concert Sept. 15. The Kingston Trio will be
in residence the following afternoon, followed by Carroll on Sept. 22 and
a big band concert called "Swingin' the Century" on Sept. 23.
Some of the best of Broadway will arrive Sept. 29, when Joel Briel,
Gary Mauer and J. Mark McVey become the "Leading Men of Broadway" in a
concert featuring songs from "Les Miserables" and "Phantom of the Opera."
The next day will find the Platters, joined by Buddy Greco and Joanie
Sommers, in OCC's "Forever Fifties" concert.
The music of George Gershwin will be featured Oct. 27, followed by the
OCC Big Band Jazz Concert the next day. Somers will perform Nov. 16, with
Gorshin's impressions taking the stage Nov. 25.
Grant will headline the "Holiday Christmas Show" on Dec. 21, joined by
the Crew Cuts, the Chordettes and the Ted Herman Orchestra. Frankie
Avalon will be the Dec. 22 guest, while Tom Mullica will open the new
year Jan. 5 with a program of Red Skelton impressions.
"Our Sinatra," a big band musical celebration, is ticketed for Jan.
11, followed the next day by "Stars of Magic."
Buttons, Jeffries and the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra will stage a "Command
Performance" on Jan. 20, followed by the Peking Acrobats on Feb. 8, the
Masters of Harmony on Feb. 16 and Rhapsody in Taps on Feb. 23.
Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers, a swing and jump blues
band, will play March 2, followed the next day by the "Forever Plaid"
Garrett, Henderson, Roberta Linn and Mary Lou Metzger will perform as
the "Fabulous Ladies of Song" on March 24.
Jose Greco II will continue his father's flamenco dance artistry April
6, with Tony Sandler headlining "Chevalier: Maurice and Me" the next day.
OCC's Big Band will return for another concert May 19, while the Tex
Beneke Orchestra will present "A Salute to the USO Shows and Glenn
Miller" on May 25.
Clearly, OCC's performing arts season is aimed at the seasoned (one
might even say senior) theatergoer, but younger audiences also might get
a kick out the stuff that Grandma and Grandpa swung to eons ago.
* TOM TITUS writes about and reviews local theater for the Daily
Pilot. His stories appear Thursdays and Saturdays.