Corrie Sachs performs as Reba
Don't be "The Last One to Know" what's happening at the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center, 117 E. Gurley St., as Corrie Sachs performs as Reba McEntire on Friday, Feb. 12. In the 24 years Sachs has performed as McEntire, this is her first performance in Prescott, though not her first in Northern Arizona.
The genesis for Sachs' tribute to McEntire was when she was performing as herself in a Las Vegas showroom and was approached by a producer who thought she could impersonate the singer, Sachs said. Though she initially brushed him off, he kept pursuing it for six weeks, eventually saying that he was going to pick her up and have her try on a red wig, she said.
"I tried on the red wig and that's where I saw her," Sachs said. "I started studying her mannerisms and voice, auditioned for the show and that was it."
Tickets are $25 for adults, $22 for seniors and $30 for opera box seats and are available online at www.prescottelkstheater.com, by calling 928-777-1370 or at the door one hour prior to the performance.
Sachs' first show as McEntire was at the Flamingo for American Superstars and the Legends in Concert show following. However, in between performing as McEntire, she performs as herself in showrooms as well as cohosting a radio show. It's the best of both worlds, Sachs said.
Performing as McEntire is quite a bit of fun due to the amount of personality she has, Sachs said.
"She can be fun and funny and people just enjoy Reba," she said. "It's a pleasure. The minute I step on the stage, you can feel the love."
Picking a favorite song to perform is tough as McEntire has a lot of good ones, Sachs said. However, she does have specific love for "Somebody," which is Sachs' all-time favorite, she said, calling it a nice play on words.
Sachs has studied McEntire for years and is very much like the real deal and it isn't just fans who have noted that there is a great comparison, she said.
"Her husband called me and asked me to go on the road with Reba to be her lookalike for a magic bit," she said. "But at the time, I was locked into a show at the Golden Nugget."
Sachs is looking forward to her performance in Prescott. She hopes to check out the area and enjoy the sights along with performing.