Heartwarming Musical The 1940’s Radio Hour Opens Tonight
The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities is proud to present The 1940â€™s Radio Hour by Walton Jones, directed by Bev Newcomb-Madden, Rod A. Lansberry Artistic Producer. This highly entertaining family friendly musical will run November 29 â€“ December 23 in the Main Stage Theater.
The 1940â€™s Radio Hour goes back to a simpler but significant time in American History, December 1942 during WWII.Â Gathered in New York Cityâ€™s WOV radio studio on a snowy night, The Mutual Manhattan Variety Cavalcade a close-knit group of entertainers prepare for one final broadcast of their holiday show for the troops overseas before heading out for the holidays.
Patriotic, sentimental, and wonderfully nostalgic, the show includes many familiar songs including Strike Up the Band, Iâ€™ll Be Seeing You, and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.
The Arvada Center production will quickly become this yearâ€™s holiday favorite featuring a charming array of characters and a 13-piece band playing live on stage as part of the radio show.
The cast includes several Arvada Center veterans including three who appeared in this popular musicalâ€™s last staging in 2004. Reprising their roles are:
â— Joseph Bearss (Lou Cohn)
â— Shannan Steele (Ginger Brooks)
â— Bill Berry (Pops Bailey)
Joining the ensemble company are:
â— Lauren Shealy (Ann Collier)
â— Ben Dicke (Neal Tilden)
â— Joey Revier (Biff Baker)
â— Julia Perotta (Connie Miller)
â— John Arp (Clifton Feddington)
â— David Bryant Johnson (Johnny Cantone)
â— Gayle Turner (Geneva Lee Browne)
â— Matthew Dailey (B.J. Gibson)
â— Daniel Shevlin (Stanley)
â— The showâ€™s musical director, David Nehls as Zoot Doubleman
Choreography is by Kitty Skillman Hilsabeck
photos by P. Switzer Â©2011
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