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The 1940s Radio Hour – 2014 production

by Walton Jones

Directed by Kelli Harless
Produced by Andy Lukes

Performances: November 21-December 21, 2014; Fri & Sat, 8:00pm; Sun 2:00pm
Venue: Patio Playhouse, 116 S Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025
Between Vinz Wine Bar and Continental Deli

Synopsis: 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 microphone, the second banana who dreams of singing a ballad, and the trumpet playing sound effects man who chooses a fighter plane over Glenn Miller.

Cast List

Ann Collier...Catherine Caldwell
B.J. Gibson...Tony Percuoco
Biff Baker...PJ Cimacio
Clifton Feddington...Steve Warrick
Connie Miller...Makena Merrifield
Geneva Lee Browne...Rachel Sommerhauser
Ginger Brooks...Victoria Patton
Johnny Cantone...David Guthrie
Lou Cohn...Matthew FitzGerald
Neal Tilden...Chris Braden
Pops Bailey...Curtis Quay
Wally Ferguson...Andres Urbano
Zoot Doubleman...Emily Awkerman

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Ticket Prices: $20 Adult  •  $18 Senior/Military/Student  •  $12 up to age 16