Two famous TV moms perform at Petrolia's Victoria Playhouse
Published Tuesday, October 8, 2013 12:16PM EDT
They’re arguably the two most famous TV moms in North America and now both will be able to say they’ve performed in the Lambton County town of Petrolia.
Florence Henderson, who played Carol Brady on the hit show The Brady Bunch, brings her one-woman show, All the Lives of Me: A Musical Journey, to Victoria Playhouse this week.
The Waltons mother, Michael Learned, has performed twice in Petrolia, most recently with her TV husband Ralph Waite last summer.
Learned shared some details about what Henderson, 79, can expect when they met at an event last week.
“I saw Michael the other night and we talked about it. She raved. I can’t wait. I’m so looking forward to it. I hear it’s a quaint town and a beautiful theatre.”
The two-week run at Victoria Playhouse is the Canadian premiere of All the Lives of Me, a show about Henderson’s six-decade career in show business.
It includes musical numbers she sang in Broadway shows such as South Pacific, Oklahoma and Annie Get Your Gun.
It also has anecdotes from her life. She was the youngest of 10 children raised in a home with an alcoholic father.
“It really covers some of the rough spots in my childhood. I really take you through my life and try to capture the changes that I’ve gone through. Some of them are very funny. It’s really a very rewarding show to do and I just hope the audiences there love it.”
Henderson says she’ll also take questions from the audience. “I hope people have their questions ready. It doesn’t matter what it’s about. It could be about anything.”
Due to her successful career on Broadway, Henderson almost passed on the biggest show of her life – The Brady Bunch.
“I wasn’t that excited about it,” she recalls. “After we did the pilot and time went by, I sort of forgot about it.”
But the success of the pilot meant producers wanted to create enough episodes for a season.
It went on to run for five seasons, beginning in 1969.
“That’s why I never say never to anything,” Henderson says.
“Right from the beginning, it was the most wonderful cast and crew. I think that was part of the success of the show was the chemistry was so wonderful. We’re all still close.”
Hendersonwas introduced to a new generation of fans, when she performed on Dancing With the Stars in 2010, but she still gets mail from people who relate to her as Mrs. Brady.
“Today I get more fan mail than I did years ago, from places like Poland and Russia…Germany…the Far East, India.”
Henderson, who had to overcome stage fright, is also a certified hypnotherapist.
“It’s a very, very rewarding field,” she says.
Trying hypnotherapy was about having an open mind – something that has served her well.
Henderson, who also has a talk show, says she isn’t afraid to take on something new.
“You never know what that next experience may bring you. I think it’s one of the reasons I’ve had such longevity in my career is that I’m so interested in so many facets of the business.”