Mickey Rooney is crossing Canada on a farewell tour and will make a stop at Kingston’s Grand Theatre on Wed. Sept.29, less than a week after celebrating his 90th birthday.
Rooney, along with his wife Jan Rooney, two singers, and a three piece band, will sing songs, show film clips, and tell tales from his unprecedented show business career.
Starting in vaudeville at the age of 15 months, and shifting to silent movies at age 6, Mickey Rooney has been a Hollywood star all his life – except for a stint as an Army private during World War II. Most recently he appeared in the blockbuster comedy “Night at the Museum” starring Ben Stiller and featuring Robin Williams, Ricky Gervais and Dick Van Dyke.
The man who was married to Ava Gardner was also friends with screen legends that included Bob Hope, Clark Gable, Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe, and Elizabeth Taylor.
His “Let’s Put On A Show!” performance has already enjoyed a successful run Off-Broadway in New York and in London’s West End.
The show kicked off in August 2007 with a successful 25 show tour of the United Kingdom and Ireland. In the US they have played sold out shows in major cities throughout the country.
Mickey also shares the stage with his wife of 31 years, singer-actress Jan Rooney. Drawing on his rich career, the musical numbers are broad ranged and are taken from Rooney’s films, as well as some original tunes and Jan’s vast repertoire, including her tribute to Patsy Cline.
Tickets are on sale now at the Grand Theatre with prices ranging from $48.50 to $58.50 (+ HST), and can be ordered online or weekday afternoons by phoning 613-530-2050.
Photo by Linda D. Kozaryn (American Forces Press Service)