You might not recognize the name Michael Anthony Orlando Cassavitis, but if one says Tony Orlando then flashbulbs of the mind should ignite. Having songs on the charts since he was sweet sixteen, he has been a show business super star for decades. Back in the early 1970's, he was half of a team with singer Dawn, but he has been a solo pop artist for years.
You have the unique opportunity to renew your acquaintance with the man and his music for one night only on Thursday, December 5 at 7:30 p.m. when the Palace Theater in Waterbury welcomes his "Great American Christmas" show. What a special way to usher in the holiday spirit with Tony Orlando crooning such favorites as "White Christmas," "Silent Night," "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" and "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" among many others.
Orlando has earned a trio of American Music Awards, a People's Choice Award and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in his six decades in show business. His songs "Knock Three Times," :Tie a Yellow Ribbon 'Round the Ole Oak Tree" and "My Sweet Gypsy Rose" are legendary.
With warmth and charm, Orlando will share stories with the audience as he ignites a Christmas spirit in your heart. For years he hosted the Ne York portion of the Muscular Dystrophy Labor Day Telethon. His shows in Las Vegas, Nevada and in Branson, Missouri are popular, For a time he operated the Tony Orlando Yellow Ribbon Music Theatre. In 2002 he wrote a memoir "Halfway to Paradise," named for one of his big solo hits.
For tickets ($4-.75 - $75), call the Palace Theater, 100 East Main Street, Waterbury at 203-346-2000 or online at www.palacetheaterct.org. Before the show, Riverhouse Catering will host a 5:30 p.m. four-course, pre-fixe dinner in the Poli Club, on the theater's mezzanine level for $62.50 a person, including tax, service fees, coffee and tea. Reservations are required.
Start clapping your hands together for Tony Orlando as he makes the holiday season sparkle and shine with his special