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Musgrove

It’s Official, He’s Coming Back For More!

Posted on 2007.03.01 at 23:30
Current Mood: chipperchipper
Current Music: Bobby Socks to Stockings - Frankie Avalon
Earlybird alert – Frankie Avalon is coming back to Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding! He’ll be there from July 18th through the 22nd. This is me with Frankie (I’m the one on the left) and yes, Frankie is that short. I was playing caterer Vinnie Black the night this shot was taken, even though we’re standing on the altar in the Chapel of Love.

Frankie Week, as we call it, is always a treat for us. The audiences are large and very appreciative. They tend to be demographically tilted toward women of a certain age, many of whom bring their old Frankie Avalon LPs with them for Frankie to autograph (and he does!). It’s also a good time for us actor types because everything gets fixed for Frankie Week. What I mean is that props, furniture, and equipment that we’ve been dealing with for months all get repaired for that week. It’s a spectacle and a bit of a performing lesson for us as well – Frankie is a total professional. He knows exactly what he can and can’t do and he has his own act down pat. Now granted, I’m not likely to ever be in the sort of position Frankie is in, with a catalog of lovingly remembered hit singles and a large, adoring fan base, but the techniques Frankie utilizes to portray himself are ones that any performer can profit from by observing.

The more eagle-eyed reader may note that I sometimes use a detail from this photo as a userpic. It may be the one time anyone will ever crop Frankie out of a picture in favor of my face.

Comments:


dummylady
dummylady at 2007-03-02 20:27 (UTC) (Link)

Frankie

Wish I could be there! I imagine that his presense also brings out the best in the other performers. I bet they are great shows and a ton of fun. I'm sure you will shine!
Chuck
charlesofcamden at 2007-03-03 16:27 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Frankie

Thanks doll! Funny thing about working the Frankie shows -- as an audience member, you would have a far greater chance of meeting Frankie than we do as performers. Access to Frankie is very tightly controlled and cast members rarely see him before he makes his first entrance or after he makes his last exit. We are expressly forbidden from approaching him while he is in the reception hall. I've had several conversations with him backstage, but that makes me very much an exception.
(Anonymous) at 2007-03-03 07:40 (UTC) (Link)

Clem

Isn't that Clem Musgrove? I suspect not all of your readers would recognize him. I'm not even going to ask what he and Frankie have in common.
--ggreen
Chuck
charlesofcamden at 2007-03-03 16:18 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Clem

You are correct sir! Good eye! And even though you didn't ask -- I put the picture there for 2 reasons: 1) I just made that icon the other day and wanted to use it; and 2) Clem and Frankie have something in common. The photo of me as Clem never ages, and neither does Frankie!
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