The Live Lawrence Welk Show
citypages.com - St. Paul, MN
- Sure, you
can't get much squarer than Lawrence Welk, whose long-running
variety show made extensive use of the despised accordion.
- But it was
an honest squareness. His was, after all, a show so nervous about
performing Prince Leleiohuko's "Hawaiian War Chant"
that the scene was tempered by having the cast chant the original
Hawaiian lyrics (a love song!) on a florid beach setting dressed
in tropical print shirts, smiling tenderly at each other.
- At least
that's my memory, and like all things Welk, it is a memory tinged
- As an adult
I have been watching repeats of the show without a trace of camp,
as there are real pleasures to be found in performers such as
singer and all-around country gal Ava Barber. Or what of the
long-faced, tap-dancing marimba magician Jack Imel? Need I even
mention the legendary gospel singer Ralna English, whose vocal
career began from the back of a flatbed truck?
- I could go
on, but I don't need to, as direct from Branson, Missouri, come
all of the old favorites, along with the Lawrence Welk Orchestra,
to remind us of some very square--but very happy--memories. $35-$39.50.
- 10 E Exchange
St, St. Paul; 651.290.1221