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Johnny Crawford and His Orchestra March 30
Posted Date: 3/18/2013

Tickets: 972-237-8786, www.uptowntheatergp.com

Crawford and his orchestra

Patrons looking for a fun and romantic night out won’t have to look very far. Texas Family Musicals is bringing Johnny Crawford and his orchestra to the Uptown Theater, 120 E. Main St., Grand Prairie, one night only Saturday, March 30, at 8 p.m.

Former star of The Rifleman TV series, Johnny Crawford is re-creating his role as Mark McCain in his later profession, a Big Band leader. He will have stories and updates on his childhood at the ranch in North Fork. His 18-piece Big Band orchestra will play hits from the late '20s and '30s and Johnny will even sing some of his previous and current hits.

"Mark would have been about my age in 1935 and this is a way to bring the character back to life and provide the audience with some trivia about the show which everyone should enjoy," said Crawford. "We are going to create some interesting updates on North Fork and its characters."

Crawford continued acting after The Rifleman ended in 1963. Among his films Crawford played an American Indian in the adventure film Indian Paint, which was filmed in the Grand Prairie area. He had wide popularity with American teenagers and a recording career that generated five top 40 hits, including Cindy’s Birthday, which earned him a Gold Record. He later became a professional rodeo rider while continuing his acting career.

Since 1992, Crawford has led a California based vintage dance orchestra, which preforms at celebrity events and concerts around the Los Angeles area. His band has been sponsored by the Playboy Jazz Festival and has the repeated choice for 15 annual Art Directors Guild Awards at the Beverly Hilton. A re-mastered version of the orchestra’s highly rated first album, “Sweeping the Clouds Away,” was officially released on Sept. 30, 2011, and will be available for sale at the concert. Crawford works regularly with Texas Family Musicals. He recently starred in the stage comedy The Foreigner at the Grand Prairie Uptown Theater in May 2012.

Tickets to this Big Band experience start at $30 and go up to $40. They can be purchased at www.uptowntheatergp.com or by calling 972-237-8786. For 2013 Texas Family Musical season tickets, call 972-905-4555.

TFM is a non-profit organization with the mission of producing quality family-friendly Broadway-style musicals while helping launch careers of young professionals in musical theater. Everyone involved with TFM is actively pursuing a career in theater.