Entertainer Mikki Prost Returns to San Miguel with Shades of the Blues

By Phoebe Greyson

MIKKI PROST

Mikki Prost, a New Jersey-born entertainer who lives in Puerto Vallarta, can point to a specific time in her career when she became enraptured with the American musical art form known as the blues. Prost (rhymes with “toast”), a singer, dancer, and actress, is a local celebrity in PV, where her musical shows, often tributes to icons such as Patsy Cline and Connie Francis, play to capacity crowds. In 2009, she was acting in a one-woman show called Supreme Dream, based on the true story of a white singer obsessed with The Supremes, who ends up as a backup vocalist for ex-Supreme Mary Wilson. In the play, Prost acted and sang Motown hits, except for one song, “Good Morning Heartache,” a blues-inspired standard first recorded by Billie Holiday.

“Every time I did the play,” Prost recalls, “I couldn’t wait to get to that song.” In time, she adds, “I became convinced it would be a good song to build a show around.”

Prost went on to develop that show, called Shades of the Blues, and she will be performing it for the first time in San Miguel on February 1, 2, and 3, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, at the San Miguel Playhouse. The Thursday show is a 3pm matinee; Friday and Saturday shows are at 7pm. All tickets are on sale now at Solutions, online at sanmiguelplayhouse.com or at the theater starting one hour before show time.

Prost chose the title of her show advisedly. The 20-odd songs in her set list are not, by and large, blues songs in the strict musical sense, and several of them are up-tempo numbers. Instead, she focuses on the story the song has to tell. “Over the last century and a half,” Prost says, “the blues have permeated all genres of popular music. To me, blues is not about a specific type of music—it is about sadness, longing, passion, and heartache, about the emotions of what the song is trying to tell you.”

Her set list, therefore, includes standards such as “What’ll I Do?” “Cry Me a River,” “Love Me or Leave Me,” and “My Old Flame,” amid other types of songs, such as “Lately” (Stevie Wonder), “I Can’t Make You Love Me” (Bonnie Raitt), and “Imagine That” (Patsy Cline).

Of that last number, Prost says, “the song is so deep in my gut, I have to focus myself because I get emotional with it. I have an image of Patsy standing by my right side, saying ‘Tell it like it was, honey.’ That song is about how she was treated by her second husband.”

Prost began taking her shows to San Miguel only two years ago, but she has built a devoted following here. Since there are no reserved seats for her three shows, early arrival at the playhouse is recommended. The theater provides free secured parking and taxi concierge service.

 

Music/Theater

Shades of the Blues

With Mikki Prost

Thu, Feb 1, 3pm

Fri and Sat, Feb 2 and 3, 7pm

San Miguel Playhouse

Avenida Independencia 82

250 pesos

On sale at Solutions: Recreo 11

sanmiguelplayhouse.com

Theater open starting one hour before show time

 

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