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Radio Gals - Full Length Musical, Comedy

Radio Gals

Mike Craver, Mark Hardwick

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Full Length Musical, Comedy

1m, 6f

ISBN: 9780573696459

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Mike Craver and Mark Hardwick

"Keeps the music, country humor, conflict and romance coming fast enough to charm the ear and occupy the eye." - The New York Times
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. 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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Description

Full Length Musical

Comedy

Romantic Comedy

90 minutes

Time Period - 1920s

Settings Of Play -

Arkansas in the late 1920's. The action takes place in the living room of Hazel Hunt, a retired music teacher who is conducting radio broadcasts from her parlor, aided by her friends, some of whom play musical instruments and take part in the broadcast.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Physical Comedy, Play w/ Music

Interior Set

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences

PERFORMANCE GROUP

High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Senior Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

LA Ovation Award

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.

Visit the Radio Gals Official Website for more information.

"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

Characters

CASTING

1m, 6f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Drag performance, Expandable casting, Flexible casting, Room for Extras, Parts for Senior Actors

CASTING NOTES

Two of the elderly lady musicians/characters can be played by men dressed up as elderly ladies. Not neccessary, but fun!

CHORUS SIZE

No Chorus

HAZEL HUNT - Retirement age; matronly; shrewd; enthusiastic; perhaps a bit dotty, but definitely in control; Hazel is the town’s beloved music teacher and patroness of the arts. Vocal Requirements: Low female range.

GLADYS FRITTS - Middle aged; more dramatic than Hazel; thin; high strung, and single; Gladys is a small town gal who yearns for greater horizons. She considers herself artistic and sophisticated. She possesses a deep love of poetry, and has studied voice. Vocal Requirements: Lyric soprano.

O.B. ABBOTT - 35-45; bureaucratic, and self important, yet underneath Abbott has the soul of a poet. Abbott is a “closet” musician and singer. Vocal requirements: Tenor or light baritone. Plays accordion.

AMERICA - Breezy; sunny; open young woman. Unsophisticated, but enthusiastic. Vocal Requirements: Soprano w/country belt. Violin, saxophone, clarinet, flute.

RENNABELLE - America's cousin, perhaps a little older. Somewhat more tom-boyish, and “liberated”. Vocal Requirements: Alto, with belt. Drums, trumpet.

MISS AZILLEE SWINDLE - Elderly lady; friend and associate of Hazel’s. Vocal Requirements: Tenor/light baritone w/falsetto. Upright bass, tuba, guitar.

MISS MABEL SWINDLE - Sister to Azilee; elderly lady; friend and associate of Hazel’s. Vocal Requirements: Tenor/baritone w/falsetto. Piano.

Rental Materials

SIZE OF ORCHESTRA

Small/Combo

MUSICAL STYLE

Classic Broadway, Country/Western, Folk, Operetta

VOCAL DEMANDS

Easy

7 Piano/Vocal Scores scored for:
Violin
Tuba
String Bass
Guitar
Trombone
Clarinet
Flute
Saxophone
Banjo
Accordion
Ukulele

Drums (1 book)
Song Samples

Sunrise Melody

Aviatrix Love Song

Kittens in the Show

When it's a Sweat Pea Time in Georgia

Dear Mister Gershwin

Fairies in in Mother's Flower Garden

A Fireside, a Pipe, and a Pet

Edna the Elephant Girl

Royal Radio

Buster, He's a Hotdog Now

Why Did You Make Me Love You

That Wicky Wacky Hula Hula Honka Wonka Honolulu Hawaiian Honey of Mine

A Gal's Got to Do What a Gal's Got to Do

Horehound III- Whispering Pines

Queenie, Take Me Home With You

Author(s)
Mike Craver

Mike Craver

Mike Craver is a North Carolina based songwriter, actor, and composer. Off-Broadway credits include The Oil City Symphony (co-author and original cast member, cast recording, Drama Desk award), Smoke on the Mountain (arrangements, published by Samuel French), Radio Gals (co-author and original cast member, cast recording, LA Ovation award, published by Samuel French), Wilder (co-author and ... view full profile

Mark Hardwick

Mark Hardwick composed the music for the 1975 Broadway production of Of Mice and Men and co-wrote the musical Oil City Symphony. view full profile

Other Mark Hardwick titles:

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Reviews
Albert Young 10/20/2013 8:59 AM
This is a fun, fast paced piece of Americana.  Audiences rave about the production, and it's simply laugh out loud funny.  I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a lighthearted romp on stage.

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