I sat there in the front row with everybody behind me. Out comes "Never Gonna Be the Same Again," and everybody in the audience was singing every lyric. I cried. I felt like, "If I die tomorrow, I know that I touched somebody." Midway through, when Shana is giving the jacket to Louise, they announced, "Ladies and gentlemen: Shana is in the audience. Welcome Cindy Valentine." I stood up. At the end, I took pictures with everybody. They were on Twitter.
Lori Ruso also recorded a version of "Never Gonna Be the Same Again," which was featured in the opening of the movie. What is the story behind the two different versions?
Larry had gone in and re-recorded "Never Gonna Be the Same Again" with his sister singing it instead of me. Then, they switched it to Lori Ruso, since she was about to release an album. They wanted to tie her voice in to promote the movie. I didn't know about it until I was in the theater watching the premiere and going, "That's not my voice!" when the opening credits came on.
To be continued in Part Two...