Monday, March 01, 2010

Prairie Home Companion in the D!

On Saturday night we went to see A Prairie Home Companion at the Fox Theater in Detroit. It was WONDERFUL, with everything one would expect from Garrison Keillor and company. If you're not familiar with PHC, it's hard to describe it -- it's a live radio broadcast in the tradition of the old ones from the 1920s and 1930s (complete with corny commercials, sound effects and radio 'drama'), but with current entertainment and humor. If you love it, you love it . . . if not, oh well.

We got our tickets back in November (my Christmas present) and the show's been sold out since then. When we were in line to go in, one of the Fox doormen asked me "What radio station plays this?" I answered "NPR -- WUOM -- Michigan Radio." He wanted to know when it would be on and if many people listened to it, so I explained that it would be broadcast live that night and rebroadcast on Sunday. He said he couldn't believe all the people that were there and that Garrison Keillor must be a big deal (Yes!) to sell out the theater! Of course, the Fox is just beautiful. I'm including downloaded photos since none of ours (taken with a cellphone) turned out well. It makes the evening special just to sit there and soak up the atmosphere.

The show was great, with everything I'd hoped for (we got 'Guy Noir', but NOT the 'Lives of the Cowboys') and, as usual, great musical guests. We saw "Sir" Mack Rice (who wrote Mustang Sally), the Steele sisters, Bettye LaVette (not my personal favorite) and John Lauter (who played the Fox's pipe organ) and we heard some great Motown songs. The humor, radio stories and sing-alongs were a little bit corny, but LOTS of fun!

Of course, it was all topped off with the 'News from Lake Wobegon'!

We ended up at Buddy's in Livonia for a salad and a pizza -- altogether, it was just a GREAT evening! Thanks, Jim, for my Merry Christmas in February!

1 comment:

mor-mor said...

thanks for the stroll down memory lane! I used to watch PHC all the time - where all the men are strong, the women good looking and the children are above average.....or something like that, it's been a loong time!

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