11:32 a.m Feb. 6 update:
This event is postponed. The performer has the flu.
Rowan County Public Library, together with Upbeat Arts, will present Rosemary Clooney: Girl Singer at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 6 at the Rowan County Public Library.
The life story of iconic singer Rosemary Clooney comes to the local stage in a new musical production, Rosemary Clooney: Girl Singer.
While many cherish her performance in the film White Christmas, some may not know that Clooney was a Kentucky girl, born in Maysville in 1928. After traveling with big bands, Clooney was discovered by Hollywood. Her first feature film, Paramount Pictures' The Stars Are Singing, debuted at her hometown movie theatre, the historic Russell Theater. Clooney worked closely with such stars as Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Tony Bennett, and Bob Hope and counted Billie Holiday and Marlene Dietrich amongst her close friends.
Back in Kentucky, she was an advocate for mental health, as well as a mentor to former Miss America Heather French Henry. Clooney, sister of Nick Clooney and aunt to George Clooney, has a life story full of humor as well as the overcoming of adversity. She is known as one of the greatest vocalists of the 20th century.
A few of her biggest recording hits include “Come On-a My House” and “Tenderly”, which will be featured with live accompaniment in Girl Singer's play list of over twenty beloved songs from the 1940s, 50s, and 60s.
This one-woman show was written and will be performed by actor Rachel Lee Rogers of Versailles, who will be familiar to many from her Kentucky Chautauqua performance of Jean Ritchie: Damsel with a Dulcimer.
Rogers is accompanied by Dr. Lorne Dechtenberg of Lexington’s Bluegrass Opera & Music Theatre. Rogers and Dechtenberg recently travelled to many Kentucky communities with their original production of Mary Todd, a New American Musical. Their company, Upbeat Arts, is dedicated to musical Kentucky storytelling that appeals to the whole family.
This performance is free and open to the public.