In the twenties when radio ruled the airwaves and small stations thrived, music teacher Hazel C. Hunt received a transmitter as a retirement gift and station WGAL was born in Cedar Rapids, Arkansas. A wacky quintet of singer/musicians gather daily in her parlor to set hearts thumping and toes tapping with rib tickling songs, homey chat and plugs for a rejuvenating tonic that owes its kick to the still out back. Hazel's habit of wave jumping to find a clear channel brings a government inspector to shut her down. She discovers the stage struck accordion playing tenor beneath his bureaucratic facade and he is quickly ensnared in musical and romantic shenanigans. Twenty one original songs performed with thematic props produce the zany hilarity you expect from the creators of Pump Boys and Dinettes and Smoke on the Mountain.
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"Keeps the music, country humor, conflict and romance coming fast enough to charm the ear and occupy the eye." - The New York Times
"The nonstop music keeps the action cranking along like a well tuned Model T." - The Los Angeles Times
"The magic of RADIO GALS is in its loving re-creation of America's innocent musical past. Hardwick and Craver have brilliantly recaptured the spirit of smalltown America in the '20s with a remarkable sense of authenticity. This is a fun, moving tribute to the pure, light hearted innocence that was once America, and may still be lurking somewhere deep in our hearts." - Variety
"Radio Gals is a throwback to summer theatre the way it used to be. It is dizzy, daffy, and silly, demanding enough for the performers to have fun exerting themselves, undemanding enough for the audience to relax and have a good time...Radio Gals salutes the core American value of individual initiative. And while it has fun with the absurd side of earlier styles of popular entertainment, it also cherishes their enduring value, and that is not an exercise in nostalgia." - The Boston Globe
Arkanasas Repertory Company, Little Rock, Arkansas, April 1993