Saturday, September 26, 2009

Donny & Marie: Final Act

(If you are just stopping by my blog you can catch up on the Donny & Marie saga by reading my last two posts).

Thanks for all the positive thoughts you sent me last week. Marie's publicist did get back to me but said that Marie was too busy at this time to do an interview. So, now it was on to plan B--a true test of my patience. I would have to wait until the day of the show on Wednesday to see if I could add the Meet & Greet on to my ticket.

The day of the show arrived and we head to the box office where I tell the tatooed ticket guy what I want to buy.
"Sorry, the show is all sold out," he said "and there are no more VIP tickets available."
"What? You're kidding," I shook my head. "I can't believe this."
Sorry was all he could say.
"All I want to do is meet them after. This stinks," I said.
"Oh," he said, "if all you want to do is meet them, let me see if I can add that. You're seat will still be the same though."

So after punching in some keys on the computer, he says it is a go and he hands me the extra VIP ticket. Woo Hoo!

The night of the show arrived and I got a special VIP badge and an 8x10 photo of each of them before going to our seats. I was so excited.

The show itself was amazing and had all the bells and whistles you would expect in a Vegas show. There was singing, dancing, jokes, and more singing. The highlight for me was when Marie sang an opera number. It was fantastic.

After the show I got ushered to a holding area and where I stood in line with all the other fans waiting to meet the famous duo. I felt like Ralphie from Christmas Story when he was waiting in line to see Santa. As the line moved slowly along, I thought of all the questions I wanted to ask--all the profound things I wanted to say.

Then it was my turn. I was ushered over to Donny first. I have to say, he is just as handsome (if not more so) in person. I introduced myself, gave him a hug and then all coherent thoughts vanished from my brain. It was just like Ralphie when he finally gets to sit on Santa's lap and all he could do was stare at him. That was me. All I could do was stare and smile. Donny asked where I was from and I did answer that, but it was all a blur.

Then I was instructed to turn around for the photo (think the Christmas elves with Ralphie-moving him around, only these "elves" were nice). Marie comes up and we take the photo. Then I am facing Marie (who is also gorgeous up close) and my moment with Donny was over.

My brain finally started to reboot at this time and at least I got in a few comments and questions. I told her I was a writer, I said my husband brought me here for my birthday and I that I am looking forward to reading her book. I was just starting to relax a little, when the Donny and Marie "elves," tapped me on my shoulder signaling my turn was over. When that didn't work, they gently took my arm and guided me away. I wanted to run back and give Donny and Marie both a hug or yell something memorable as I walked away, like, "I love you both!" but I didn't.

I left smiling on the inside and the outside. I had to sit down for a minute to let it all soak in. I was grateful for the chance to see the incredible show and to meet them after. They were both gracious and friendly even though they must have been exhausted. Donny & Marie clearly love what they do.

What's next, now that I can check Donny & Marie off my bucket list? I am not sure, but I think my Donny and Marie adventure is not over yet.

So I will leave you with this.
"May tomorrow be a perfect day. May you find love and laughter along the way. May God keep you in in his tender care till he brings us together again."


Eileen Astels Watson said...

How cool, and what an amazing gift your hubby gave you!!

Patricia Stoltey said...

I love the picture! You got the job done with style, Kerrie.

Maybe it's time I start a bucket list. I want to meet Tommy Lee Jones and Sean Connery and Johnny Depp...

Pam said...

Ker-That is so awesome and the picture is amazing!! I still can't believe how great Marie looks. So tell me, how much work has she had done? You got to see up close-- I want the scoop!


Amo said...

Yay!! That's awesome! I'm so happy for you that you got to meet Donny and Marie!

Baja Rock Pat said...

Kerrie, this is sooooo great! I knew it would work out for you. I love your picture--something to treasure forever.

I know exactly how you felt getting to meet them. I got a meet and greet with Sammy Hagar a couple of weeks ago. My story is a bit different though because it wasn't the first time I met him, just the first time I got to go backstage. Still, I ate pepto-bismal like candy all day long, I was so nervous. And then when it came time to actually talk to him face to face, I thought "Oh, there's Sammy" like it was no big deal and we started talking. I wasn't the least bit nervous. How weird!

The first time I met him though, I was like you, my brain went somewhere else. (I wrote about this in my book and it sounds identical to what you experienced!) We need to get together and compare stories one of these days. I want to hear more about this.

I am so so HAPPY for you. Thanks for sharing your story. It made my day. And Pat S.--I'd LOVE to meet Johnny Depp and Sean Connery too and Tina Turner and Valerie Bertinelli. Great stuff.

Kerrie said...

Eileen, I do have a great hubby. Pat S., I'd love to meet Johnny Depp too. I am sure I'd be even more tongue tied if I met him. Pam-it doesn't look like Marie has had any work done and if she has, it was REALLY well done. Pat, we will have to compare our celebrity encounters some time.

Thanks to all of you for all your encouragement.

Patricia Stoltey said...

Kerrie -- When you have a minute, please stop by my blog at to pick up your Honest Scrap Award for bloggers who post from the heart.

Lynnette Labelle said...

That's so great! What a sweet hubby.

Lynnette Labelle

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