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Debbie Reynolds will perform at L'Auberge Casino Resort at 8:30 p.m. on Friday. (Associated Press)

Debbie Reynolds will perform at L'Auberge Casino Resort at 8:30 p.m. on Friday. (Associated Press)

Reynolds to take the stage in LC this weekend

Last Modified: Thursday, January 16, 2014 11:46 AM

By Alex Onken / American Press

Debbie Reynolds will make her first trip to Lake Charles to perform her one-woman show at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, in L’Auberge.

“I decided a few years ago, I would just work nightclubs and theaters,” Reynolds said. “Because I felt I was of the age that it would be easier and more fun for me at this time of my life.”

Reynolds, whose career spans more than 60 years and includes films such as “Singin’ in the Rain” and “How the West Was Won,” does one show a month during what she calls, her “semiretirement years.” With a Las Vegas background, headlining at such clubs at the Riviera and the original Desert Inn, Reynolds is no stranger to a casino stage.

Her show looks back at her life and career with musical numbers, film clips and, according to Reynolds, a little bit of dancing when doing impersonations of Marlene Dietrich, Mae West and Greta Garbo.

Musical numbers will include a country and western portion, with songs by Patsy Cline and Willie Nelson.

“I didn’t meet Patsy Cline; but I know Willie Nelson, and I have a few stories about Willie that are wild and interesting,” Reynolds said. “It’s a night of reminiscing, singing, impressions and film clips.”

She said her fans are of all different ages. Younger generations usually remember her from the Disney Channel film series “Halloweentown.”

“I go around and I travel, and I meet really young kids who are 7 and 8 that go, ‘Oh, you’re Grandma Aggie!’ ” she said. “I’ve had a lot of generations that I’ve been lucky to entertain.”

Reynolds said this is what she wants to be doing until she “goes out.”

“I want to find a happy medium where I can enjoy my life and do my act a certain amount of days and weeks a year,” she said. “Then I can have my cake and eat it, too. That’s what we all strive for.”

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