Tonight, he is at the Peabody Opera House in St. Louis; tomorrow, the State Theatre in Minneapolis. As he told St. Louis Post-Dispatch TV critic Gail Pennington, one of the things he loves most about this sideline is that it allows him to ditch the pancake:
“The best thing about it is that I don’t have to wear makeup,” Meyers said, joking that “you have no idea how much makeup I wear on the show. Onstage I spend the first 15 minutes just explaining that it’s really me, because people might not recognize me…”
“I’m very excited about performing at the Peabody,” he said. “Friends who have performed there told me how amazing it is, and I looked it up online. The restoration looks amazing.”
Formerly known as the Kiel Opera House, the Peabody was inaugurated in April 1934 with a two-week performance of Aida by members of The New York Metropolitan Opera. When Meyers steps on stage tonight, he will be following in the footsteps of not just Giovanni Martinelli and Elizabeth Rethberg but many others. Everyone from The Rat Pack to Emerson, Lake and Palmer.
By the way, we hope Meyers has had a chance to check out the comments left on the Peabody Facebook page in response to a contest to win a pair of VIP tickets to tonight’s show. Feedback includes:
Lorry Wells Bunch (to a tagged John Bunch): This should be a date night/ owed birthday night / owed anniversary night.
Corey Tisdale: Nobody wants to win those tickets… I’d rather see Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles fist fight.