Most people will be focusing on the 50 Year Anniversary of The Beatles n the Ed Sullivan Show.
However, It was twenty five years ago that overrides that first memory. Someone had the bright idea to reproduce the TV show as a stage show in Denver. I heard about it and then forgot about it. Obviously my talent wasn’t something that would fit into any of those roles.
The phone rang. I listened carefully, frowned, glanced at Michael, my performance partner, shrugged and said yes.
“They want us. I said. ”On that Ed Sullivan reproduction gig.”
“Really. Doing what?”
“As the dancing bear act.” Again I shrugged.
I nodded, unsure I’d mde the right decision.
“Who’s who?” he asked.
“Well, they have the bear costume. Whoever fits, I guess. Probably me. Think you want to train me?”
We both laughed.
“So, we’ll have to practice because I hate those costumes. You can’t see a bloody thing.”
“Want me to do it? I did that commercial in costume,” he said.
“I think you’d be a better trainer, don’t you? They have the costume for that too.”
So, 25 years ago tonight, I was the bear and Michael was the trainer. As forgettable as the original act, I imagine.
But we did love the Beatles. The show must go on.