Friday, April 23, 2010


Not only is Stevie Wonder's 60th birthday quickly approaching, but tonight is OPENING NIGHT for BalletMet's production of American Legends!

What better way to celebrate the musical icon's birthday than through acclaimed choreographer, Maurice Hines's interpretation of some of Stevie's most well-known songs in American Legends.

In honor of opening night, I have found some fun facts about not only the birthday boy, but about Johnny Cash and Sammy Davis, Jr. as well, who are also being paid tribute in the show.

  • Johnny Cash performed at the Ohio State Fair in 1981.

  • Both Johnny Cash and Sammy Davis, Jr. had variety shows on TV, The Johnny Cash Show and The Sammy Davis, Jr. Show.

  • Stevie Wonder was a guest on The Johnny Cash Show in 1970 on the same day that Sammy Davis, Jr. married his third wife, Altovise Gore.

  • All three artists have received Kennedy Center honors: Sammy (1987), Johnny (1996), and Stevie (1999).

  • Stevie Wonder has been honored with 22 Grammy awards.

  • Johnny Cash has received 13 Grammy awards.

  • Sammy Davis, Jr. received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Reward in 2001.

Now you can "wow" your friends with your knowledge of the artists tonight while waiting for the curtain to go up for American Legends!

Eat a piece of cake for Stevie and I'll see you at the show!

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