"The Garner Files" — A Review

The James Garner statue in downtown Norman.

Long-time readers of the blog know that I’m a fan of TV’s The Rockford Files and that I have made reference to it from time to time on this blog.

Recently, I was given a copy of James Garner’s autobiography, The Garner Files, as a gift. I read it on my recent business trip and enjoyed it. One of the best things I learned is that he has been happily married to Lois his entire adult life. A native of Norman, OK (where I went to college) it tells his especially unlikely story of how he made it to Hollywood and stardom.

Files is a fun read that I would recommend it to people who like biographies and autobiographies.

I Play Casting Director

As I flew into NYC Thursday afternoon, a thought came out of nowhere:

At some point inevitably there will be a revival of the Broadway musical The Producers. I thought of the perfect person to play Max Bialystock: Fellow K-State Fan Eric Stonestreet.

Can’t you see him coming out of the disastrous premiere of “Funny Boy” singing,

I used to be the King,
The King of old Broadway…

You heard it here first!

Get Well, Andy Williams

Two weeks ago tonight, Kathleen and I were supposed to be in Branson watching Andy Williams and Ann-Margaret in a joint show. We got a call from Williams’ theatre informing us that Mr. Williams was ill and would not be able to perform that evening.

Now, we know why: He has bladder cancer and is undergoing treatment. We wish him well.

Concert Moved

The cast of Jersey Boys musical concert in Wichita (Hartman Arena) has been moved to December 17 at 7:30pm. I had written about it previously.

"Winter Dance Party"

Kathleen and I went to Wichita’s Orpheum Theatre last night to see a reenactment of the Winter Dance Party.  Native Wichitan John Mueller hit upon the idea in 1999 for the 40th anniversary of the day the music died.  They played the venues played by Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper ending at The Surf Ballroom on February 2, 1999. The show has been touring ever since. 

Both Kathleen and I thought the show was terrific. Highly recommend it when it comes to your town.