Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

October 4, 2012

See your favorite performers at the USO Show


CROSSVILLE — Where do you go to see and hear all of your favorite entertainers in the same show at a reasonable price? Certainly not on Broadway or in Las Vegas, but right here in downtown Crossville at the historic Palace Theatre on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

Reserved-seat tickets for the USO Show are now on sale for $12 at the Palace or on the Palace website at And now, with the Palace’s new automated system, you can also pay with a credit card.

Presented by The Crab-Orchard Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, the 2012 Uncle Sam’s Original Show commemorates Veterans’ Day and honors all veterans in Cumberland County and the surrounding area. Proceeds from the show help support the chapter’s historic preservation, education and patriotic projects and activities for the community.

This year’s show features many of your favorite vocalists and personalities from the ‘40s, ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s, portrayed by several of your favorite local performers and some new ones just for this show.

“Bob Hope,” also known as Panama Jack on 102.5 WOW Country Radio, will host the show and entertain us with his golf jokes and gibes at past Presidents Eisenhower, Ford, Truman, and several others. He’ll also introduce and trade barbs with “Phyllis Diller,” none other than Terri Utsey who will regale the audience with her very own special kind of humor. Also scheduled for the show are “Elvis,” “Roy Orbison,” “Marilyn Monroe,” “Jim Croce,” the “Everly Brothers,” the “Rockettes,” better known as the “Tellico Tappers,” and many more popular entertainers during WWII, the Korean War and the Viet Nam War eras.

The Tellico Tappers (“Rockettes”), most of them retired “Senior Women” who love to dance, originated in Tellico Village close to Knoxville. “Just because you’ve retired doesn’t mean you have to give up, back down or stop giving back,” says founder and director Marilyn McKenna. “Many of our dance troupe members are nearing 65 or are already 65-plus, and we’re out there in the community in sequined costumes and tap shoes—dancing, sharing and loving every minute.”

They’ve not only got beautiful legs, many have grandchildren as well. According to the DAR USO Show Committee, “This Show will be the best and most entertaining yet, and even though you may have already seen several previous USO Shows, this one will leave you humming some of your favorite tunes from your younger years or kicking up your heels as you exit the Palace.

Purchase your reserved-seat tickets early for the 2 p. m. matinee or the 6 p. m. evening USO Show and keep in mind that previous Shows have been sell-outs!