Radio Gals

by  Mike Craver, Mark Hardwick

Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  1m, 6f

"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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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 6f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Romantic Comedy
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    LA Ovation Award
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

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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Reviews

"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

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1920s
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting:

    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.

  • Additional Features: Physical Comedy, Play w/ Music
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway, Country/Western, Folk, Operetta
  • Vocal Demands: Easy
  • Orchestra Size: Small/Combo
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

Song Samples

Sunrise Melody
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Aviatrix Love Song
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Kittens in the Show
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When it's a Sweat Pea Time in Georgia
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Dear Mister Gershwin
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Fairies in in Mother's Flower Garden
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A Fireside, a Pipe, and a Pet
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Edna the Elephant Girl
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Royal Radio
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Buster, He's a Hotdog Now
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Why Did You Make Me Love You
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That Wicky Wacky Hula Hula Honka Wonka Honolulu Hawaiian Honey of Mine
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A Gal's Got to Do What a Gal's Got to Do
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Horehound III- Whispering Pines
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Queenie, Take Me Home With You
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Casting

1m, 6f

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.

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Cast 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!

Resources

Rehearsal Resources

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Full Package

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

Drums (1 book)

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Authors

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 recordi ...

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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.

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Arkanasas Repertory Company, Little Rock, Arkansas, April 1993

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