The 1940's Radio Hour

by Walton Jones / Based on an idea by Walton Jones and Carol Lees / Music by various composers


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 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.

Cast

Pops Bailey Barney Walsh
Stanley Gallagher Ben Ayres
Clifton Feddington Mike Dedmon
Zoot Doubleman Stephen Pearce
Wally Fergusson Alex Dagg
Lou Cohn Ryan Miller
Johnny Cantone Richard Jensen
Ginger Brooks Jillian Jensen
Connie Miller Brooke Hardy
B.J. Gibson Greg McLellan
Neal Tilden Danny Seibert
Ann Collier Sherron Moore
Geneva Lee Browne Tristian Luysterburg
Biff Baker Jim Vail
Ray Owen Joe Tomko

Musicians

Zoot Doubleman Stephen Pearce
Phil Bentley Ken Meadows
Neeley "Flap" Kovacs Steve Maniscola
Charlie "Kid Lips" Snyder Ron Smith
Fritz Canigliaro Jason Booth
Biff Baker Jim Vail

 

Production Team

Director Musetta Jensen
Musical Director Stephen Pearce
Assistant Director Toni Federico
Rehearsal Accompanist Tristian Luysterburg
Choreographer Musetta Jensen
Swing Dance Captain Jim Vail
Assistant Swing Dance Captain Mike Dedmon
Technical Director Christien Fontaine
Stage Manager Toni Federico
Set Designer Christien Fontaine
Assistant Set Designer Will O'Donnell
Lighting Designer Will O'Donnell
Master Electrician Rachel White
Assistant Lighting Designer Patrick Sieg
Light Board Operator Will O'Donnell
Spotlight Operator Patrick Sieg
Sound Designer Christien Fontaine
Assistant Sound Designer Nathan Briton Smith
Sound Board Operator Riso Straley
Costume Designer Musetta Jensen
Costume Supervisor Jean Michelle Sanders
Makeup Designer Jillian Jensen
Props Designer Stephanie Noell
Jewelry Designer Marc Stone
Flyman Patrick Sieg
Lobby Design Laura Crolla
  Jessica Jensen
Videographer Joseph Bergstrom
Construction Crew Ashley Elliot
  Lauren Anderson
  Christina McAlpine
  Jeremy Kaiser
  Will O'Donnell
  Jason "Superfoot" Rose
  Riso Straley
  Barbara Krantz
  Patrick Sieg
  Stevie Neale
  Michael Jasek
  Tetsuya Oda
  Shizuka Yusunaga
  Saeko Kodama