THE 1940's RADIO HOUR
Monday, August 7th at 7:00pm
Tuesday, August 8th at 7:00pm
Auditions for the musical, THE 1940s RADIO HOUR, directed by Glenn Frail, with musical direction by Dr. Bob Robinson, will be held on Monday August 7th and Tuesday August 8th at 7:00pm at the Old Opera House in Charles Town.
Don't miss this opportunity to sing some of the best tunes of the 1940s. Some wonderful non-singing roles (for men) are also available.
A different time is evoked in this marvelously theatrical and winning show, a live broadcast of 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 featured 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 mic, 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 1940s RADIO HOUR will be presented on October 13, 14, 15 & 20, 21, 22, 2017
List of Characters:
· Clifton Feddington: The announcer and general manager (head of everything at WOV). He has ulcers from it all and is sometimes hysterical.
· Ann Collier The 'old standard' in the Radio show since its start in 1936. She sings like Dinah Shore, Doris Day, and Peggy Lee (all rolled into one). She is a secretary by day, and at looker by night who is dating Johnny.
· Johnny Cantone: Featured vocalist with the Cavalcade who is on Sinatra's bandwagon. He's an ex-boxer and a rough guy who drinks too much and has a voice like velvet.
· Ginger Brooks: A bubble-headed waitress-turned-singer. She has a pinup, Betty Grable look with lots of makeup and speaks with a Gracie Allen vacancy.
· Geneva Lee Browne: The southern Belle of WOV got her start in music at age 17 performing in local Swing ballrooms around the Atlanta area.
· Neal Tilden: Cab driver by day and singer, dancer, and choreographer at night. He is hopeful for the 'featured vocalist' slot.
· B.J. Gibson: The third of the Gibson brothers to work for the Cavalcade. He is squeaky-clean, good looking, and a preppy student at Yale.
· Connie Miller: A 17-year-old bobbysoxer from Ogden, Utah. She is perennially in love and runs an elevator by day.
· Pops Bailey: A crotchety, wizened stage doorkeeper who is a racing bookie on the company phone and reads hidden copies of Show Girl magazine.
· Lou Cohn: A big shot (at least in his own mind) who tries to impress the girls and is sometimes obnoxious. He runs the show and is the sound effects man.
· Wally Ferguson: Young hopeful from Altoona, Pennsylvania who came to NYC to work for his uncle at the drugstore to get his big show-biz break.
· Biff Baker: A young trumpet player with the Zoot Doubleman orchestra who will be leaving after the concert for Army duty.
· Stanley: Lugs cable and runs around a lot and otherwise lives in the control booth.
· Zoot Doubleman: WOV Orchestra Leader
· "(I've Got a Gal In) Kalamazoo" – Clifton, Chorus
· "Pepsi Cola" – Neal, B.J., Connie, Ginger (with sounds performed by Lou)
· "Daddy" – Connie, The Band
· "Love Is Here to Stay" – Johnny
· "That Old Black Magic" – Ann
· "Ain't She Sweet" – Biff, All
· "How About You?" – B.J., Connie
· "Blue Moon" – Neal
· "Chiquita Banana" – All Girls
· "Rose of the Rio Grande" – Geneva, Men & The Band
· "I'll Never Smile Again" – Johnny, Quintet (Neal, B.J., Ann, Ginger, Connie)
· "At Last" – Geneva, Band
· "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" – B.J., Connie, Ginger
· "Blues in the Night" – Ginger, Men
· "Jingle Bells" – All (except Johnny)
· "I Got It Bad (and That Ain't Good)" – Geneva
· "You Go to My Head" – B.J.
· "The Five O'Clock Whistle" – Connie, The Band
· "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" – Ann
· "Strike Up The Band" – Full Company
· "I'll Be Seeing You" – Full Company
· "Mutual Manhattan Variety Cavalcade"
Full Company Characters & Songs listed above as per: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_1940%27s_Radio_Hour
You can complete this and bring it with you to the auditions, saving you some time and effort when you arrive. Forms will also be available at the auditions.
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