Hartford Courant, May 25, 2011

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Elvis Costello helps West Hartford man
propose to girlfriend on stage


Eric R. Danton

Well that's a bold thing: West Hartford resident Mike Youmans proposed to his girlfriend, Hilory Wagner of Glastonbury, last Friday on stage at an Elvis Costello concert in Boston.

Costello's set lists this tour are determined by fans spinning a wheel of fortune marked with songs from his catalog. Under the ruse of having been selected to give the wheel a whirl, Youmans brought Wagner on stage and, witih an assist from Costello, popped the question.

"I always envisioned proposing to you in Paris," Youmans began, before Costello made him hunker down on one knee. (See the video below.)

A tearful Wagner, who's also a singer and songwriter, said yes, which is pretty much the outcome you especially hope for when you're proposing in front of a few thousand people. As Wagner accepted a ring and an Eiffel Tower necklace from Youmans, Costello picked the next song by request: "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace Love and Understanding," which Youmans suggested.

And what about that trip to Paris?

"Maybe the honeymoon," Wagner says by e-mail.

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Hartford Courant, May 25, 2011


Eric R. Danton reports on the Elvis Costello & The Imposters concert, Friday, May 20, 2011, Wang Theatre, Boston.


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