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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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    10m, 5f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

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

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Reviews

"Totally exhilarating hour of singing, dancing and funny commercials." - The New York Daily News

"This is fun with a capital fun."" - ABC TV

Videos

  • 1940's Radio Hour
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1940s / WWII
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Additional Features: Audience Participation/Interactive, Local Celebrity Cameo, Physical Comedy, Play w/ Music
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway, Jazz
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Large

Casting

10m, 5f

CONNIE MILLER: (RANGE: A4-D5)
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)
POPS BAILEY
STANLEY
ZOOT DOUBLEMAN
WALLY FERGUSON
LOU COHN

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Rehearsal Resources

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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)
Trumpet I
Trumpet II
Trumpet III
Trumpet IV
Trombone I
Trombone II
Trombone III
Drums
Guitar
Bass

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Authors

Walton Jones

Walton Jones is a 1975 graduate of the Yale School of Drama. As a teacher of acting, directing, and playwriting, he has served on the faculty at Yale School of Drama, and University of California, San Diego, and currently at Colorado State University. He has directed twice on Broadway, six plays off-Broadway, including ...

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THE 1940'S RADIO HOUR was first presented at the St. James Theatre on October 7, 1979. It was directed by Walton Jones.

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