MOUNT VERNON — They were the sweethearts of the World War II USO shows. They combined a sound that was uniquely theirs. They were in fact true sisters. They were the Andrews Sisters.
Portrayed by Mount Vernon’s own Dante Sisters, LaVerne, Maxene and Patricia Andrews will come to life on the Chautauqua stage at ThePlace@TheWoodward (111 S. Main St.) in downtown historic Mount Vernon on Thursday, Aug. 2 at 7 p.m.
The Dante Sisters, consisting of Susan Kahrl, Susan Moreland, Mary Dye and accompanist Lynn Jurkowitz have performed in many formats over the years, separate and together, and have sang for several chautauqua’s. This performance will have the Dante’s taking on the lives of the Andrews Sisters, singing many of their songs and giving the audience a glance into the personal lives of these women.
During World War II, they entertained the Allied forces extensively in America, Africa and Italy, visiting Army, Navy, Marine and Coast Guard bases, war zones, hospitals and munitions factories.
They encouraged U.S. citizens to purchase war bonds with their rendition of Irving Berlin’s song “Any Bonds Today?” They also helped actors Bette Davis and John Garfield found California’s famous Hollywood Canteen, a welcome retreat for servicemen where the trio often performed, volunteering their personal time to sing and dance for the soldiers, sailors and Marines. They were dubbed the “Sweethearts of the Armed Forces Radio Service” for their many appearances on shows like “Command Performance,” “Mail Call” and “G.I. Journal.”
The doors open at 6 p.m. and the program starts at 7.
For more information call 740-392-6102.
Published on July 31, 2012