That's Entertainment: 20 years ago


The Everly Brothers were at Warwick Musical Theatre, followed by George Strait and Alabama, The Marshall Tucker Band, The Outlaws and Barbara Mandrell, as Larry Bonoff’s love for country music dominates the August schedule. For comedy, there was Howie Mandel, with a full head of hair. Pop stars Gene Pitney and Engelbert performed.

That’s not all. Also gracing the stage were the Four Tops and the Temptations, Connie Francis and Kenny Loggins. There’s more: Travis Tritt, Bill Cosby and Anne Murray rounded out the month. Other August stars included Ray Charles, Paula Poundstone, Tony Bennett and Ronnie Milsap.

2nd Story Theatre continues its Short Attention Span theatre at School One in Providence, with their patented three one-act plays for $5.

Brown Summer Theatre presented “Accomplice” by Rupert Holmes, author of “The Mystery of Edmund Drood.”

The Newport Folk Festival featured Suzanne Vega, Bruce Cockburn, Michelle Shocked, Patty Larkin, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Beausoleil, Loudin Wainright and Joan Baez. It was a soggy weekend, and the rain continued at the Jazz Festival the following weekend, but it didn’t stop British songstress Cleo Laine or Miles Davis. Bobby McFerrin was there between the raindrops on Sunday, along with McCoy Tyner. I lasted through the wet weekend.

Theatre-by-the-Sea offered a “marvelous” version of “South Pacific,” while Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” was at Westerly’s Wilson Park.

A horrible vampire movie, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” starred Kristy Swanson and Paul Reubens (Pee Wee Herman). Meryl Streep starred in “Death Becomes Her,” a fun movie that I said was “worth leaving the beach for.” It also starred Goldie Hawn and Bruce Willis. Clint Eastwood’s “Unforgiven” was a classic western. Warwick’s James Woods played a con artist opposite Bruce Dern, who also played a con artist, in “Diggstown.”

Tom Selleck and Marlon Brando had small roles in “Christopher Columbus: The Discovery,” which was quite dull.

Remember the Venetian Garden on West Shore Road? They had fish and chips for $4.95. The China Inn, a popular Pawtucket restaurant, moved into the old Golden Lantern, but unfortunately didn’t make it at that location. J. Wales on Post Rd. had a lobster bake with all the fixings for $12.95.

The Washington County Fair celebrated their 26th consecutive year with Trisha Yearwood and Johnny Paycheck.

The 13th Annual Cajun and Bluegrass Festival was still at Stepping Stone Ranch in Escoheag. Stars included Michael Doucet and Beausoleil, The Del McCoury Band, and the Pollard Brothers. Cranston’s Len Cabral told his stories in the children’s tent, as he still does today.


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