Welcome to a new era of the “Wild and Willey” blog!
First stop, the brand new, all-inclusive, state-of-the-art website! So many of you – and quite correctly – have pointed out that I need a new website…or at least update the one I have! Here you go!
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Take a look around the site. I’ve put up new resources and entertainment areas. This website will be the most complete destination for all things in Walt Willey World…hope you like it!
My year since that fateful day has been an interesting one;. I toured for three months with my stand-up comedy act, Wild and Willey, (check it out at: http://www.waltwilleyworld.com/wild_and_willey.html) during which I taped my shows in Jackson (of course!), Tennessee.
http://www.crystalmesafarm.com , my B&B in Santa Fe, New Mexico and excerpts from my one-man show, Wild Bill! An Evening with James Butler Hickok.
Speaking of which…as much as I love working in television and film, live performance is a passion and a thrill for me. There is a magic to it that you just can’t find in studio work; the energy flowing both directions across the footlights.
I began looking for a one-man show with which I could tour. I read several shows about notable and worthy subjects, but none “spoke” to me.
I believe everything happens for a reason. Serendipity, fate, destiny, happenstance, plain old coincidence – call it what you will – has always played a big part in my career and my life. It was apparent to me what I needed to do. I began to research Hickok…
Hickok – in his time – was a farmer, teamster, trapper, scout, guide, gambler, sheriff, marshal…even an actor! Hickok – in our time – is the reason that in every western film the “showdown” is in the street, and a poker hand comprised of a pair of aces and a pair of eights is known as “the Dead Man’s Hand”.
After over a year of research and just under a year of writing the show - with friend Kim “Howard” Johnson’s helpful suggestions - I had a one-man show. And I had researched and written it. No one was more surprised than me!
I’d worked with Pat Berry – of Southwest Florida Soapfest http://www.soapfest.com/ fame - for years and her theatre there seemed like a perfect partnership to get Wild Bill!... on its feet.
Four nearly sold-out shows, a standing ovation, and a great review! We were offand running, "Bill" and I! Since then I’ve done this show for “Wild Bill Hickok Day” in Troy Grove, IL, at the ACME in LA – where we taped it! – and hither and thither around as I tuned the show.
http://www.waltwilleyworld.com/theatrical__wild_bill.html has become an absolute passion for me! The reviews and audience reactions have been wonderful and it gives me the opportunity to get out there and entertain you live!
And now I’m building a national tour! Check out my Appearance Calendar http://www.waltwilleyworld.com/page/page/8590539.htm for performances near you. And if you have a suggestion for a venue, please let us know!
I’ll see you on the road, buckaroos and buckarettes! Until then, keep your powder dry and happy trails!
I am blessed to have these wonderful children and spending time with them – in between road trips - has been the most wonderful experience!
And – rumor has it – there may be more! Keep checking at: http://www.atributetopinevalley.com/
Vincent was fantastic in the role and just as helpful, gracious and hardworking as he could be! A truly fabulous experience for all! Ah, the theatre! Check out photos from these productions at: http://www.waltwilleyworld.com/Walt_Willey_photo_gallery.html
We’ll be at no less than B. B. King’s in New York City, baby, on October 28th! We’ll see you there! http://www.bbkingblues.com/bio.php?id=1877
Well, that’s been some of my years’ highlights. Thanks so much for your love, support, and patronage during this time of so much change…it is greatly appreciated!
Talk to – and see - you soon!