On February 4, 2010, the audience at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul enjoyed a special Thursday-evening edition of A Prairie Home Companion. So did countless more fans in movie theaters across the United States and Canada. They were watching the first-ever cinecast—the show beamed live by satellite to movie screens.
Guests included legendary English singer-songwriter Elvis Costello, vocal powerhouses Jearlyn and Jevetta Steele, songstress Heather Massey, and Robin and Linda Williams. Also on the program, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors: Sue Scott, Tim Russell, and Erica Rhodes. Both Tom Keith and Fred Newman were on hand to create sound-effects mayhem. All this, plus a punchedup Guy’s All-Star Shoe Band (a special horn section was flown in from New York), episodes of “Guy Noir” and “Lives of the Cowboys,” a Powdermilk Biscuit Break, and, of course, the News from Lake Wobegon.
As a bonus, the DVD features the short film that was shown before the cinecast: Garrison Keillor making his way through St. Paul to the Fitz, with stops at local landmarks like the F. Scott Fitzgerald statue in Rice Park, Mickey’s Diner, and Candyland.
Listen to If You Were Mine by Heather Masse & Garrison Keillor