Garrison Keillor brings his solo show to Jaffrey, NH. Poetry, Limericks, Sing-Along and the News from Lake Wobegon
Boothbay Harbor, ME
Garrison Keillor returns to Boothbay Harbor with his solo show. Poetry, Limericks, Sing-Along and the News from Lake Wobegon
Garrison Keillor brings his solo show to Beverly, MA with Poetry, Limericks, Sing-Along and the News from Lake Wobegon
A Prairie Home Companion’s 50th Anniversary Tour will visit to the Chicago Theater in Chicago, IL with our Special Guests: Heather Masse, Christine DiGiallonardo, Rich Dworsky, Howard Levy, Chris Siebold, Larry Kohut, Sue Scott, Tim Russell and Fred Newman.
St. Paul, MN – 3rd show – Limited Seating
A Prairie Home Companion’s 50th Anniversary Tour returns home to The Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, MN for THREE SHOWS with our Special Guests: Heather Masse, Christine DiGiallonardo, Rich Dworsky, Sue Scott, Tim Russell and Fred Newman and more.
LIGHT OF THE STABLE (Watch)
A little girl is singing for the faithful to come ye
Joyful and triumphant, a song she loves,
And also the partridge in a pear tree
And the golden rings and the turtle doves.
In the dark streets, red lights and green and blue
Where the faithful live, some joyful, some troubled,
Enduring the cold and symptoms of the flu,
Taking the garbage out and keeping the sidewalk shoveled.
Not much triumph going on here—and yet
There is much we do not understand.
And my hopes and fears are met
In this small singer holding onto my hand.
Onward we go, faithfully, into the dark
And are there angels hovering overhead? Hark.
December 15, 2022 – St. Louis, MO
I did my old radio show at the Fox Theater in St. Louis last week though it’s long gone from radio, and even after all these years there were several firsts. Dean Magraw played electric heavy metal guitar for Heather Masse (in the role of Thistle Missile, star of a band called Progressive Disaster) to sing a metal lullaby:
Shut up and close your eyes
Or I am gonna traumatize
You so bad you’re gonna be
Twenty years in therapy
I’m an outlaw mama. yes
I can cause you great distress
Close your eyes and go to sleep
Or you will be in trouble deep.
Tim Russell impersonated three presidents in close order (Clinton, George W., and Barack) and Duane’s mom (played by Maria Jette) was happy spending the holiday in Florida and sang, drunkenly:
O holy night, the stars are brightly shining,
This is the nigh I’m in Fort Lauderdale.
We’re going out for dancing and dining.
And afterward we may go for a sail.
We sang “We three kings of Orient are, tried to smoke a rubber cigar, it was loaded and it exploded,” and Fred Newman did the vocal explosions that shook the theater. Maria also sang the story of Rudolph the reindeer to the tune of “Musetta’s Waltz.”
As for me, I got to sing duets with Heather, which I love to do and (if I do say so myself) I hit some beautiful high harmony notes on “O Little Town of Bethlehem” and Greg Brown’s song “Early,” notes that I didn’t have the day before in rehearsal.
But the high point was the audience. During intermission and again at the end of the show, they stood and sang in acappella harmony, old Christmas carols and knew all the words. All three verses of “Silent Night” including “Shepherds quake at the sight” and “Son of God, love’s pure light.”
After the two-hour twenty-minute show, the cast and crew stood backstage congratulating each other. I asked Dean if metalheads would recognize the riffs he played and he said, “Some of them.” I told Heather that, for me, singing with her was the highlight of my career. I meant it. And the next morning in the hotel café, I met people from Nebraska, New Orleans, South Carolina, who’d flown in for it. And then we all flew home. I’ll always remember the sweetness of that “Silent Night,” sung by two-thousand people, believers and unbelievers, and those three minutes were the beginning of Christmas.
And now there’s talk of doing PHC again in Chicago, Atlanta, maybe New York again.
A blessed Christmas to all.