SALLY STOWE’S HEART IS ATTACHED TO BROADWAY!

Subject: South Bay actress-director-producer’s Memorial

Service which she attended on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016)

Yeah, Sally’s still alive.

PUTTING A FACE ON THE HUMAN RACE

 

   BROADWAY SALLY SHOWS UP FOR HER OWN MEMORIAL SERVICE

     I would have paid good money to attend Sally Stowe’smemorial service last Saturday at the Manhattan Beach Community Church. The place was jammed with people listening to the kind of  lyrics that personalized the life of the local stage actress who with her husband Charlie, produced, directed and even starredin a variety of musicals and plays over the past half century.

     What made this memorial service unique was Sally, seatedin a wheelchair, was in attendance and very much alive. Thechurch sanctuary and the after party was packed with friends with the Stowes’ adult kids and grand children harmonizing in small groups. It was honoring Sally who at one time could belt out Broadway-type musicals with the best of them. Since she wanted to attend her own memorial service, she did: alive and kicking. Her family made it happen. In unison, the crowd sang “Hello Sally” in place of “Hello Dolly.” It was a musical afternoon that drew rounds of applause and laughter, not only in the church sanctuary, but in a separate community hall where showbiz songs and words honoring Sally and her retire engineer husband continued. Because of cancer, life was ebbing for the great lady. At the risk of sounding “hammy,” Sally was greatfully present on that joyful Saturday afternoon where the air was filled with love as well as humor. Of course, it was admission free and emersed with a great respect for an amateur local showbiz queen whose soul was attached to Broadway. Truth is: the final production staged at the church would rival anything the Norris Theater or The Almanson could stage. So, Hello Sally!

                        — Boots LeBaron —

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