1972    -  Winter in Phoenix


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THEN BACK TO RHODE ISLAND.....


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An Evening With Mitzi Gaynor  
June 19 - 24
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An Evening With Wayne Newton 
June 26 - July 1

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An Evening With Jim Nabors
July 3 - 8

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An Evening With Tom Jones  
July 10 - 15

TOUR JACKET TOM GAVE DAD

I was the roadie on this tour - The band was Jeff Sturges and the Universe
they had some incredible musicians... - Below is Jeff


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An Evening With Sandler And Young - Pat Cooper
July 17 - 23
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An Evening With Engelbert Humperdinck
July 24 - 29

Anyone who got to know this British singing sensation well enough never called him Engelbert (he was born Arnold George Dorsey). Just as some people might call a friend Bobbie instead of Robert, we at the Warwick Musical Theatre were intimately familiar with Engelbert - Enge, as he was known to us. He quickly became very close to the Bonoff Family. Enge performed many times at our theatre venues in Rhode Island and in Arizona, belting out such famous hits as Release Me and Quando Quando, to name a few, making the women swoon. But Enge never let the ladies down. On more than one occasion, I can remember my parents Buster and Barbara dining with Enge inside the Golden Lantern restaurant and before they even arrived for supper Engelberts female fans were waiting for him. Never pretentious or above all the interest, Enge took time to meet and greet everyone who made the effort to see him up close and personal. He even posed for pictures. Engelbert made sure that every Southern New England housewife felt like a beauty queen if just for a moment. There arent too many superstars today that would be as down to Earth and genuine. That was Engelbert. With my dad, Enge shared a mutual appreciation for the sport of golf (though to dad and Engelbert, it was just about having fun). Those two guys spent a lot of time on the links together. Thats how my father made many friends in his lifetime, just being natural and proving that a little hospitality can go a long, long way.  Engelberts live performances at the Tent were always sold out. And when the theatre closed in 1999, Enge continued to perform in Rhode Island when I moved the Cerrone Celebrity Series concerts to the Providence Performing Arts Center .  Enge always has been, and still is, a class act.  
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An Evening With Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons 
July 30  
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An Evening With Jerry Vale And The Golddiggers
July 31 - August 6  
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Jesus Christ Superstar
August 7 - 12 
Every once in awhile I get a letter from a person where the Warwick Musical Theatre played
a special part of that person's life. This one made me smile and shed a tear of happiness..

Larry,
Love the website but Lord do I miss "the Tent". It was a part of my life for years. I spent many a wonderful night seeing so many great shows there.
For a number of years my mother had season tickets (Monday nights, I believe) and she would often ask me to accompany her. I've seen them all - Tom Jones, Engelbert, Wayne Newton, Sammy Davis Jr., Paul Anka, Connie Francis, Neil Sedaka, Air Supply, Lorrie Morgan, Gene Pitney, etc, those oldies tours and the list goes on and on. In fact, we saw Liberace so many times that we literally could recite his act - he was so much fun. I also remember the night we were there to see Sergio Franchi, a favorite of my mother's. There was a bad thunderstorm and the tent lost power. Sergio, having such a powerful voice, was able to continue singing to us in the dark!
When we gave up our season ticket seats and went to general seating I can always remember wondering if we would be in "the aisle" that the star would be coming down. I always got a bit jealous of those that could reach out and touch "so and so". Well, I got my chance a few times - Gene Pitney shook my hand and I was up close and personal with Clint Black - swoon. And the late Laura Brannigan, in the shortest dress I'd ever seen, leaving the stage and up our aisle while the security boy, who was seated on the ramp she'd just come off of, sat with the biggest grin on his face as he gazed at the best view of her backside.
One of the biggest thrills for me personally (in and around the early 70s) was attending my all time favorite musical, "Jesus Christ Superstar". I seem to recall there being a bit of a controversy at the time as the lead in the role of Jesus was a black man. I am sad to say I don't remember the actor's name but he was absolutely wonderful. And I too remember Peggy Fleming being there, the stage turned into an ice rink and poor Peggy almost flying into the orchestra pit when an audience member snuck out their camera and the flash caught her right in the eye.
It still hurts me when I drive by the old tent stomping grounds and see that dreadful "Lowes" in it's place. It was a sorry day for many of us when The Warwick Musical Theatre closed it's doors.
Chris Brooks


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An Evening With Sergio Franchi  
August 14 - 19
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An Evening With Totie Fields
August 21 - 26
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An Evening With Liberace - Two Weeks  
August 28 to September 10

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An Evening With Peggy Fleming 
September 12 - 17 
 
YES! - WE MADE ICE INSIDE THE TENT IN SEPTEMBER!
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