The hit “A Sentimental Journal: The Story of Doris Day” at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood was the entertainment highlight of the holiday season for a contingent of Glendale residents at Wednesday’s (Nov. 16) matinee. Bargain tickets could be had for $25.
Doris Day look-alike and sing-alike Sally Hughes brought down the house in the musical written by Adam Rolston and directed by Alvin Rakoff.
Those taking the “sentimental journey” through the up-and-down life of Doris Day included Glendale residents Florence and Ray Stafford, Cecelia Walker and former Glendale residents Gregory Simms and Joseph Dammann.
The musical also attracted audience members from the San Gabriel Valley. A bus brought residents of the British Home in Sierra Madre. Activities coordinator Donna Prater guided her charges, two of whom were Florence Brown and Doris Banks. “Doris Day represents our era in the dress, the glamour,” Banks said. “After the war, we all went dancing, and we all knew the music.”