The 1940s Radio Hour
by Walton Jones
Full Length Musical / 10m, 5f
"Totally exhilarating hour of singing, dancing and funny commercials."-- The New York Daily News
"This is fun with a capital fun." -- ABC TV.
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Book by Walton Jones
Based on an idea by Walton Jones and Carol Lees
Music by various composers
A different time is evoked in this marvelously theatrical and winning show, a live broadcast of a The Mutual Manhattan Variety Cavalcade from the Hotel Astor's Algonquin Room on December 21, 1942. The spirit of that bygone era when the world was at war and pop music meant "Strike Up the Band" and "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" (both are in this show) is accurately captured as the harassed producer copes with a drunk lead singer, the delivery boy who wants a chance in front of the mike, the second banana who dreams of singing a ballad, and the trumpet playing sound effects man who chooses a fighter plane over Glenn Miller. The delightful holiday musical sequel is also available: A 1940s Radio Christmas Carol.
"Totally exhilarating hour of singing, dancing and funny commercials." - The New York Daily News
"This is fun with a capital fun."" - ABC TV
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- Time Period: 1940s / WWII
- Duration: 90 minutes
- Additional Features: Audience Participation/Interactive, Local Celebrity Cameo, Physical Comedy, Play w/ Music
- Features / Contains: Period Costumes
- Musical Style: Classic Broadway, Jazz
- Vocal Demands: Moderate
- Orchestra Size: Large
B.J. GIBSON: (RANGE: Bb3-D4)
NEAL TILDEN: (RANGE: C#3-D4)
ANN COLLIER: (RANGE: F3-Bb5)
GENEVA LEE BROWNE: (RANGE: G3-D5)
BIFF BAKER: (RANGE: C3-D4, Saxophone Player)
Music Material Rental Packages
10 Piano/Conductor Scores
Reed I (Flute, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone)
Reed II (Flute, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone)
Reed III (Flute, Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone)
Reed IV (Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone)
Reed V (Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone)
THE 1940'S RADIO HOUR was first presented at the St. James Theatre on October 7, 1979. It was directed by Walton Jones.