‘Que Será!’ musical honors Doris Day’s iconic career
October 9, 2012
By Christina Corrales-Toy
Iconic American songstress Doris Day may have left showbiz for good in the 1970s, but that doesn’t mean enthusiasm has soured for the performer who starred in classic films such as “Teacher’s Pet” and “The Man Who Knew Too Much.”
“Que Será! Celebrating Doris Day,” a musical coming to Village Theatre’s First Stage Theatre on Oct. 14, pays tribute to the legendary singer.
Vocalist Kristi King dons a familiar platinum-blonde wig and sings more than 20 of Day’s greatest hits in the show. King also tells stories of Day’s life, in the actual persona of the beloved entertainer.
“It’s really a walk down memory lane of one of the most amazing performers ever,” King said.
Accompanied by the Hans Brehmer Quartet, King will sing some of Day’s most popular songs, including, of course, “Que Será, Será.” She will also re-enact a scene from “Pillow Talk,” the award-winning romantic comedy starring Day and Rock Hudson.
King has always been a fan of Day, ever since her mother, also a singer, played Day’s records in their Portland home.
“It all started with my mom, you know, playing Doris Day’s music, and I would sing along and kind of try and mimic her voice and her style and her phrasing,” King said. “I’ve been a fan for about 50 years.”
It’s that early exposure to Day that has helped King truly step into the actress’ shoes. King said she takes great care in doing everything she can to embody Day through her appearance, dress and even the recognizable vibrato of Day’s voice.
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‘Que Será! Celebrating Doris Day’
That has led to some playful confusion at her shows when some audience members actually thought King was Doris Day.
“I’ve actually had people, older people like in their 80s, come up to me after the show and think I was Doris,” she said. “It makes me giggle and I don’t say anything to them, because in their minds, bless their hearts, they think that I’m Doris Day. So, I let them, because it’s a thrill and it’s such a cute look on their face, and I know that they really mean it.”
While Day was a star during the ‘50s and ‘60s, audience members of all ages will enjoy the show, King said.
“I’ve had so many younger people that don’t know anything about Doris Day that have come as guests with the older people, and after the show, they are just so fascinated with her,” she said.
A portion of all ticket proceeds goes to the Doris Day Animal Foundation, which provides support for animals and the people who love them.
“To me, the most special thing about Doris Day is her giving heart and her kindness to animals,” King said. “She’s just an amazing, beautiful human being to this day.”
The public hasn’t heard much from Day since the 1970s, except for a few TV specials in the 1980s, but at 88 years old, she’s still going strong, and King is honored to bring Day’s music back to the stage for her adoring fans.
“The only thing I can say is that it’s just a complete honor to do a tribute, and the fact that she is still alive makes it even better, because she knows that she is loved and she doesn’t have to be gone off this earth to be honored,” she said.