December 18, 2014
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Park Theatre solidifies its niche with Engelbert
Don Fowler

If you were part of the older, enthusiastic, sold-out crowd at the Park Theatre last Friday, you were treated to a standout performance by 76-year-old Engelbert Humperdink, who proved that he still has the pipes and the charisma to wow his audience.

Engelbert had the crowd in the palm of his hand as he sang his greatest hits throwing in a few from a new duet album, where he sings with the likes of Elton John and Willie Nelson.

Engelbert brought back memories of the old Warwick Musical Theatre, where some of the greatest performers returned in the twilight years of their careers, some sounding better than ever and others not knowing when to retire.

The Park has succeeded in bringing in the former, with Engelbert topping the list. Manhattan Transfer, Dr. John, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Buddy Guy and The Glenn Miller Orchestra all filled the 1,200 seats and attracted many senior citizens who were thrilled with memories of the past.

This just in: On June 7, the Park is bringing in The Kingston Trio for another nostalgic evening, which is sure to be a sellout.

We’ll be looking for more performances that attract those of us who can’t get enough of the great music from the past performed by artists like Engelbert who “still have it.”

I’ve also noticed a number of middle-aged folks who brought their parents and/or their children to the shows, exposing them to a time when music was music.

Jusuf Ghandi is the person responsible for booking these performers and keeping the music tradition alive. You can insure its continuation by support the theatre and causing more sellouts.


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