Great American Steamboat Company Sets Entertainment Lineup
By Theresa Norton Masek
December 01, 2011 10:16 PM
The Great American Steamboat Company announced an entertainment lineup for its inaugural season that includes the Glenn Miller and Harry James orchestras, The Lovin’ Spoonful, B.J. Thomas and The Platters. The company, which starts cruising in April on the American Queen, also brings back the Riverlorian to share the history of the waterways in the U.S. heartland.
Mary Charlton, who has served as Riverlorian aboard the Delta Queen, Mississippi Queen and American Queen under the former Delta Queen Steamboat Company, is returning in her starring role.
Other entertainment highlights include the Glenn Miller Orchestra, which will perform on cruises departing on July 27, Aug. 3 and Dec. 28. The Harry James Orchestra, directed by Fred Radke, will perform on departures of April 19 and April 27.
The “Rat Pack Show,” featuring performers who evoke the sounds of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, will appear on cruises departing on May 8, May 15, May 22, June 28, July 18, Oct. 22 and Dec. 14.
B.J. Thomas, best known for his hit “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head,” will appear on the July 11, July 18 and July 22 voyages. The Lovin’ Spoonful also will perform on those three cruises.
The Platters, known for classics such as “Only You” and “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes,” are set for the Sept. 7 departure. Also appearing on that cruise is Bill Haley’s Comets, who performed songs such as “Rock Around the Clock” and “Shake, Rattle and Roll.”
Other scheduled entertainers are Annie Moses Band, Nov. 19, Dec. 9 and Dec 14; The New Orleans Jazz All-Stars, April 13 and April 19; Juggernaut Jug Band, May 4, May 29, Sept. 28 and Oct. 12; and Storefront Congregation, April 27. Great American Steamboat Company offers three- to 10-night voyages at fares beginning at $995 per guest, including a complimentary hotel stay before or after sailing, transfers and a welcome brunch.