October 13, 2015
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Harvey Robbins brings Vegas to Cranston: Doo-Wopp, Burlesque & Vegas legends at Park Theatre
Don Fowler

Harvey Robbins is one of a kind. The energetic promoter has filled theatres (including PPAC) with his rock ‘n’ roll revival shows, stages extravaganzas in Vegas and runs rock nostalgia cruises.

I caught up with him in Vegas, where he was on tour with legendary 84-year-old entertainer Tempest Storm. (“She’s a Leap Year baby, so she’s only 21.”)

Robbins is bringing his “Doo-Wopp, Burlesque & Legends of Vegas” show to Cranston’s Park Theatre (The Rhode Island Center for the Performing Arts) for one show on Saturday, April 28 at 8 p.m. He’ll have Elvis Impersonator Dana Z, along with James Brown Jr., Judy Teo saluting Tina Turner and Aretha Franklin, and Ruth Caney saluting Janis Joplin. Tony Funches, longtime lead singer of Herb Reed’s Platters, will sing many of their hits.

Harvey Robbins’ Royalty of Doo-Wopp All-Stars will play many of the favorites from the ’50s, while Burlesque comedian Albert Cadabra will entertain. A Burlesque show would not be complete without Miss Exotic World Burlesque Queen Angie Poantani rounding out a night of total entertainment.

“This is the national premiere of this innovative show,” Robbins said. “It brings something for everyone: good fun, great music, dance, doo-wopp ’50’s music, comedy and exotically beautiful burlesque dancers.”

The Generations Quartet barbershoppers will open the show. Tickets are $31, $37 and $45. For reservations, call 467-7275 or go online at www.parktheatreRI.com.

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