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1940s Radio Hour
Now when most of you are bored of the regular theater stuff going around for years and years and want something refreshing yet classic, check out the latest theater offering 1940s Radio Hour with a classic appeal.
The celebrated is back in town after decades and make you travel through the course of history to honor the musical maestros of 40s. The splendid production has witness massive success and unanimous critical applause in the past and is now here again to take you to the musical ride of the bygone era.
The classic musical takes you back in 1940s when America was at war and radio was the king. The play tells the story of a Christmas week in 1942 which was the Golden Age of American Radio while World War II was also in the swing.
The story takes you from the Hotel Astor's Algonquin Room to the seedy studio set of WOV, a mythical 5,000-watt radio station on New York City. It revolves around the weekly broadcast of the Mutual Manhattan Variety Cavalcade which is an old-time radio show featuring music, comedy, a radio drama and in-studio commercials.
The play creates the whole Radio atmosphere. It opens as the doorman and stage manager start prepping the stage for the night's performance. Then crew and performers start arriving on stage one by one for the performance. They are briefly introduced and come to know about their lives, their relationships, their dreams and other details.
The play caters to fourteen such characters each has something different and interesting to tell. All of them have small personal dramas attached to them that we can see between and during the songs.
There is this character Cantone who makes a big life decision in the course of the radio show and also a character who is making his last appearance on the radio program before shipping off to war in the morning.
There is also a harassed producer who copes with a drunken lead singer and a delivery boy who wants a chance in front of the mic. Each story takes us through various human emotions and we feel for each of these characters.
Created by Walton Jones, the musical has explored the potential of theatre a little more and includes a unique concept of audience participation. Since the story is set in a live studio, the audience also becomes part of the show. Before the beginning of the radio show, the cast interacts with actual audience members.
They are also instructed to respond to Applause and On Air signs that light up on stage. In a nice twist, the singers sing not only for the radio but for the audience as well. This ensures good involvements from the crowd and everyone love to be the part of the show.
Now what makes the show an out and out entertainer is the live aspect of the show. It celebrates the excellent music from the big-band era and make us experience the music of composing teams like George and Ira Gershwin, Lorenz Hart and Richard Rodgers and Johnny Mercer and Harold Arlen. It makes us get the spirit of the bygone era when the pop music meant Strike Up The Band and Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.
While on the show, we get to hear classic music like Kalamazoo, Blues in the Night, Strike Up The Band, Love Is Here To Stay and I'll Never Smile Again. The music is very entertaining, thanks to fine musical performances by both the singers and band.
While the music director Neal Dunfee creates executes excellent tunes, the live band on stage should be equally credited as they does a marvelous job of keeping up with the performers while laying down a toe-tapping groove.
The ensemble work is colorful and the show's music is superb. Overall, a solid music performance from a live band and fast paced singing and dancing make it one of the best musicals around.
1940's Radio Hour has been given many awards for its fantastic production values. The play has swept many awards in 1980.
Some of the important awards and nominees include Theatre World Award, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical, Drama Desk Award Outstanding for Costume Design and Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director of a Musical.
Now when the classical play is back with a bang with big-band music, swing dancing, patriotism, and old-fashioned sound effects, it will surely create the same frenzy all over again.
Dont miss 1940s Radio Hour at any case as it is a holiday treat for your whole family. The show is thoroughly enjoyable and gives you something other than your regular typical musical. Watch it at a near theatre as it is definitely well worth seeing!