The Manhattan Dolls perform Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center in downtown Prescott. (Courtesy)
Originally published Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 09:38p.m.
Where: Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center
When: Saturday, Oct. 14
Tickets: $22/Seniors & $25/Adults
When she was young, Cait Rudd heard her grandfather whistling a lot of Andrews Sisters songs and now, she gets to sing them, taking listeners on a “Sentimental Journey.”
One-third of The Manhattan Dolls, a trio who performs songs of the 1930s and 1940s in classic USO fashion, Rudd said her grandfather still whistles those songs to this day. It reminds her of that time, she said.
“Now I know the song that he’s whistling,” Rudd said. “I don’t think music is quite made like this anymore. Nowadays, it’s just not quite the same.”
The trio is returning to Prescott for a show on Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center, 117 E. Gurley St.
Last time they were here, a World War II veteran came up after the show and sang “I’ll Be Seeing You,” Rudd said. He told them how it was a special song with his wife and how he thought of her whenever he hard it, she said.
“That experience really stuck with me,” Rudd said. “I’m kind of excited to return to a place that has such a cool memory attached to it.”
The harmonies the group sings are arranged in the same style of the Andrews Sisters, which were tight and intricate with a lot of voice crossing, she said. Further, the costuming for the show may not always be historically accurate, but they’re in the style of the 1940s and they all do the victory rolls in their hair, she said.
Tickets are $25 for adults and $22 for seniors and are available online at www.prescottelkstheater.com, by calling 927-777-1370 or at the door one hour prior to the performance.
The songs included in the performance are a good mix of both well-known songs and some lesser-known songs that have a good story behind them, Rudd said.
“We do ‘Sentimental Journey and talk about how it was the song that was just attributed to the time of people’s loved ones coming home from the war,” she said. “‘Rum and Coca Cola’s’ fun because it was kind of a scandalous song at the time and now people don’t necessarily think about the fact, but at the time it was kind of scandalous to sing about the soldiers and the island women and sex on the beach and that whole thing.”
No set the group does is exactly the same and neither are the sets, which are customized to the venue, Rudd said. Not only that, but this performance will feature Robert Shaw who hosts as the MC as well as sings a couple songs of his own, Rudd said. The trio will do a couple songs that he’s featured in too, with “Don’t Fence Me In” as the most popular, she said.
The best part about a show like “Sentimental Journey” is that it closes the generational gap, Rudd said. Singing songs both generations enjoy really brings them together, she said.