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Make A Memory With Mom: First, Elvis; Then Broadway

May 10, 2012

The JERSEY BOYS girls (clockwise, from left): Crystal Dempsey, Patricia Williams, Brenda Dempsey and Anna Carpenter.

In honor of Mother’s Day, Blumenthal staff members and others are sharing their favorite theater memories that involve their Moms. Today’s is from Crystal Dempsey, who works with Blumenthal Performing Arts on social media and content development.


I grew up in West Virginia. With a few exceptions of outdoor dramas, not many theater opportunities presented themselves. When something did come near, we posse up and head to a show. The “we” usually included my mother, my aunts and my cousins.

Most often, though, we went to concerts. The first one I can remember was The Osmonds in the early ’70s. Yes, I had a total case of  “Puppy Love” for Donny. The next one was a biggie: Elvis Presley in ’73 or ’74. My mom and aunts were quite fond of the King. I am forever grateful to them for taking me. Soon after that was Tom Jones. I did not get to go to that one. There was concern about a child dodging bras and panties being tossed at the singer.

Through the years, we trekked to Barry Manilow, Billy Joel and others. Both of my parents took me to see Peter Frampton. And Van Halen. Yep, that was an adventure.

We did have a true Broadway experience in ’78 or ’79. My eighth grade class went to NYC. We saw Carol Channing in “Hello, Dolly.” It was truly magical. So magical I hyperventilated from the excitement. Not in the theater but later back at the hotel.

These days, we still go in a pack to a show. In February, my mom came up from Louisiana and my aunts traveled from West Virginia to see Jersey Boys.  We had to download Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons’ greatest hits immediately. The following weekend when my mom returned to Louisiana, as a part of their Christmas present, my parents, my brother and his wife drove to Houston to see Million Dollar Quartet. It was a must-see since “Elvis” was in the show.

And we’re passing this tradition on. My nieces enjoyed the Houston Ballet’s production of Cinderella and a trip to see Wicked. And judging from my nephew’s interest in the video of Joey’s visit to Charlotte in March, we’ll be seeing War Horse next year.

Make a memory with your Mom this Mother’s Day!


There’s no better way to make a new memory with your Mom this Mother’s Day than by winning tickets for her. We’re giving away a pair of tickets daily through Friday, May 11, to one of our upcoming productions.  CLICK HERE to enter the Broadway Mom Sweepstakes.  One grand prize winner will win two tickets to opening night of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, invites to the cast party, dinner for two from ARIA Tuscan Grill and chauffeured transportation from SilverFox Limos.

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