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Pat Boone Interview - Performing at Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook Terrace

By Sharon Sultan Cutler

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Pat Boone is America’s original ‘American Idol’.   He will be in the Chicago area at the Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois on Monday, May 13 and Tuesday, May 14 at 1:30 p.m.  If you’re one of his millions of baby boomer or pre-boomer admirers from the 1950s and 1960s, this is one live show you won’t want to miss. 

 

Remember April Love, Love Letters In The Sand, Tutti Frutti, Moody River, Ain’t That a Shame, Bernadine, Speedy Gonzales, Mr. Blue, Oh Boy, Exodus, Don’t Forbid Me, and Long Tall Sally.  That’s just a token few of his best-selling hits in a career that’s spanned 60-plus years.  From 1955 to 1962, he had an amazing 54 hit singles.  Boone has had nearly 40 “Top 40″ hits, has sold over 45 million albums and starred in more than 15 Hollywood films. And don’t forget he’s the author of many books, including “Twixt, Twelve and Twenty”.



 

In an intimate setting, Pat takes the audience through an autobiographical portrait of his 50-plus year singing-acting- television-writing career in show business.  He’s won so many accolades through the years which would astound most of his fans.

 

Pat Boone spoke candidly and graciously in a telephone interview prior to his performance from his home in Beverly Hills. At 78, he’s dramatically slowing his touring career down to stay at home and enjoy home life with Shirley, his wife of 60 years, his four married daughters, plus grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

 

He told us he married at 19, and graduated Columbia University in New York City at 23 with a wife and four daughters in a record-breaking 3 ½ years. He was originally going to be a teacher, but wisely chose singing as his first choice.  His own idol was the famous crooner, Bing Crosby.

 



“I have a demented, weird sense of humor,” he admitted, which is opposite to his all-American, clean-cut reputation.  Pat talked about his friendly rivalry with Elvis, calling Elvis “pepper” to his “salt.”  Both were raised in lower-middle-class, church-going homes – and Elvis actually opened one of Pat’s stage shows.  They last saw one another in an airport one month before Elvis’s death at 42, when Elvis didn’t seem as energetic as his old self. Pat commented on how much weight his friend had gained.

 



Since seniors usually think of themselves as 10 to 15 years younger than their chronological years, we were surprised to learn he feels like 40 years old.  We guess that means Pat Boone will be around for a long time, for which we are grateful.

 



The performance schedule is as follows: Monday, May 13, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. and Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. Show only tickets are $55. Lunch and show tickets are $70. Subscriber and group discounts are available.  For reservations, call the Drury Lane Theatre box office at 630.530.0111, or TicketMaster at 800.745.3000. For more information visit www.drurylaneoakbrook.com

 

About the Drury Lane Theatre

The Drury Lane that you know and love is undergoing a major renovation.  The first phase was redesigning the 27,000 square foot Grand Ballroom, the Main Lobby and Cocktail Lounge plus the French and English Rooms. “For almost 30 years, we've had the honor of hosting thousands of celebrations and special events and our guests have become part of the Drury Lane family.  We are thrilled to continue this tradition with a new generation of guests," said DeSantis. "We can't wait to introduce our beautiful new space." 

 

The renovated Grand Ballroom, Main Lobby and Cocktail Lounge feature a seamless blend of classic sophistication with chic modern elements.  Designer Shannon Leoni created a soothing neutral color palette for each space.  The soft blue and cream walls in the Grand Ballroom flawlessly complement the stylish custom Stark paisley carpeting, which is based on a design found in a palace in St. Petersburg. New furnishings include tasteful brushed bronze upholstered chairs.  The majestic crystal chandeliers in the Grand Ballroom provide a touch of Old World grandeur.  The state-of-the-art Grand Ballroom accommodates up to 1,800 guests, and has the capability to divide into several smaller, more intimate rooms.  The space has been designed to suit a wide range of events, from black tie galas to corporate meetings and trade shows.

 

Drury Lane Theatre is an elegant 971-seat venue.  For more information regarding booking an event at Drury Lane, call 630-530-8300.

Photos: Courtesy of Drury Lane

 

 

 

 

 

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Published on May 10, 2013

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