Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Gorgon Sisters to perform at Young Fronkensteen Theatre

By Ouwt Onthetown
Staff Night Life Writer

You’re in for some treatsssssssssss.

At 10 p.m. this Friday, the Gorgon Sisters will bring their high-demand singing act to the Young Fronkensteen Theatre in Downtown Transyl-vein-ia for what is said will be a weekly show.

“We’re thrilled to have the girls live at the Young Fronkensteen,” said theatre owner Mighty Joe Young. “We’re still working on an agreement, but we’re hoping to have their act every Friday night.”

Part of Young’s deal restricts the mythological creatures from turning theatre guests who are staring into stone.

“It’s against their nature,” Young said, “but we can’t have them making statues out of our audiences. It’s in their best interest. And, hey, we’re not saying all guests are off limits. We’re just asking them to save those who aren’t incessantly staring.”

The Gorgon Sisters’ music is from another time, and not even their own ancient time. After the oldest sister, Medusa, lost her head during a run-in with the Greek hero Perseus some time ago, she underwent surgery to get her head back on her shoulders. She developed a love for song and, in the late 1930s, decided life was too short -- she got her sisters together and they built up a singing act.

The Gorgon Sisters’ first performances were for some skeletons, ogres and giant scorpions in Monster Island’s Gorgon Gorge. After turning them into stone and then everyone else in the region, the sisters found they had no one else to entertain. So they took take their act on the road.

In 1942, they hired a manager who figured out that putting the sisters on radio and TV would preserve their fan base because the fans wouldn’t be sculptures by the end of each performance. That’s when the girls recorded “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” and “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree,” which went platinum.

“But music lovers wanted to see the Gorgon Sisters live,” Young said. “And they couldn’t do that until now. That’s the gift I’m giving those who’ve stood behind them all these years, although I recommend you actually ‘stand behind them’ and avoid eye contact when they perform. You’ve been warned.”

The cost to see the show is $15 a head (bring your own, Perseus) and maybe your life if you can’t stop staring. Doors open at 8 p.m.

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