Where the Boys Are: A Tribute to Connie Francis

Mikki Proust

By Judy Newell

Where the Boys Are: A Tribute to Connie Francis is coming to the San Miguel Playhouse this weekend. The rock ‘n’ roll era produced many icons, and Connie Francis was one of the top ones—a singer, composer, movie and TV actress, concert entertainer, and music publisher.

Theater
Where the Boys Are: A Tribute to Connie Francis
By Judy Newell
Fri and Sat, July 1 and 2, 7:30pm
Sunday, July 3, at 3 pm.
200 pesos.
Tickets are on sale at the Galería Ensueños, Mesones 57A

The star of this show, Mikki Prost, will take you on a musical journey back to that era with her personal interpretation of Connie Francis, the top-charting female vocalist of the late ’50s and ’60s. Her fame began with the song “Who’s Sorry Now” in 1958.

She went from singing youth-oriented rock ‘n’ roll music to adult contemporary recordings, starred in four films, performed live concerts worldwide, gave a Royal Command Performance for Queen Elizabeth II, headlined nightclubs in Las Vegas, entertained US troops in Vietnam, and became an international recording star in nine languages.

In 1960, she was named the most popular artist in Europe, the first time a non-European received this honor. During the ’60s, her songs not only topped the charts in numerous countries around the world, but she was also voted the #1 singer in over 10 countries.

Mikki lived as a young girl in New Jersey, surrounded by Connie’s music. In her musical tribute show, she recounts Connie’s struggles, her controlling father, her loves, and her successes. Mikki feels that being a narrator/singer gives her the opportunity to come from the heart to express her admiration and empathy for Connie.

She narrates the story of Connie’s beginnings on Arthur Godfrey’s “Talent Scouts” at 11 years old and the paths she took on the way to the top of female singers, surpassing even Elvis in record sales.

Mikki has established herself as an extraordinary musical interpreter. Last weekend she presented her show Forever Patsy Cline at the San Miguel Playhouse. The birth of this weekend’s show began with Mikki being told how much she resembled Connie Francis. Mikki’s fans encouraged her to look into producing a show about Connie.

Then a friend gave her Connie’s autobiography, Who’s Sorry Now. It was immediately obvious to Mikki that this story had to be told, and she felt that she was the person who could bring it to life.

“It’s my desire to be known as a singer and story teller, not an impersonator,” said the entertainer. “But I strive to find the most authentic costuming and styling to help bring the reality alive for my audiences.”

Where the Boys Are: A Tribute to Connie Francis will be presented Friday and Saturday, July 1 and 2, at 7:30pm with a matinee on Sunday, July 3, at 3pm. Tickets at 200 pesos each are on sale at the Galería Ensueños, Mesones 57A at the corner of Reloj, from 10:30am to 2pm daily except Tuesdays, and at the door of the Playhouse one hour before show time.

The San Miguel Playhouse is located at Av. Independencia 82. There is free secure parking, a taxi concierge, and all seats are reserved. The Playhouse is wheelchair accessible. Come early for a glass of wine at the bar.

 

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