Paradise, Calif. -- Fans of Grammy winning singer Dionne Warwick were more than a little disappointed when she cancelled a performance in Paradise Thursday night.
Warwick was scheduled to perform at the Paradise Performing Art Center in a show promoted by North Valley Productions.
Audience members say they were waiting for it to start when Warwick came out on stage with promoter Steve Schuman and said she had to cancel.
Warwick said that her good friend Sammy Davis Jr. once told her that even if you have one person in the audience, you still give it your all ... as long as you get paid. She also said this was one of only four shows in her long career that she backed out of, the other three were when she was ill.
Most people in the audience rose from their seats to give her a standing ovation.
Ticket sales were less than expected, and many people believe the event wasn not promoted properly.
Schuman told Action News Now in an email that he and Warwick's Booking Agent tried to convince her to perform, but that it was Warwick's call. He would not elaborate further other than to say this is the first time he has experienced this in 21 years of producing shows and that ticket holders will be refunded.
While the event was to be held at the Paradise Performing Arts Center, the venue was only being rented for the show and was not involved in recruiting Warwick to sing there or promoting the performance.