There was mist on the mountain after a rainy day as we drove to the…Arizona Opry– a supper show that Dave has been wanting to see ever since we first came here three years ago.
It’s a kind of dinner theatre that offers different shows every night- four different variety revues, three country western performances, an evening of Broadway tunes, a 70’s music night and two different rock n’ roll shows.
The shows are hugely popular. The venue seats some 500 people and it was sold out the night we attended. There was a line-up at the door when we arrived although I’m not sure why because you buy your tickets ahead of time and the seats are assigned.I have to say the supper was pretty mediocre although there’s plenty of it but just in case you don’t get enough food ice cream is sold at intermission. Most of the musicians however were very talented and they rocked the house with lots of fifties hits like La Bamba, Pretty Woman, That’ll Be the Day and Thrill on Blueberry Hill. Most of the audience was just a little older than us. The 70’s show probably would have featured more music from our teen years but we recognized most of the songs. The same performer doubled as the Barney Fife character from the Andy Griffith Show providing comic relief and… was also the Elvis impersonator singing the great king of rock n’ roll hits like Blue Suede Shoes and Can’t Help Falling in Love With You. The show provided a good two hours plus of music. George Staerkel- front and center here is the show’s musical director. According to his biography he can play fifty instruments. A former member of the singing group The Tokens George performed their hit song The Lion Sleeps Tonight for us.There’s a gift store and a CD store in the hall just in case you want to shop before and after the show or during intermission. We had an interesting evening at the Arizona Opry but I don’t think I need to go back.
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