Byron Civic Theatre stages 1940s Radio Hour

BYRON—The spirit of a bygone era is accurately captured in the marvelously theatrical show 1940s Radio Hour, taking the Byron Civic Theatre stage Nov. 24.

A live broadcast of The Mutual Manhatten Variety Cavalcade from the Hotel Astor’s Algonquin room Dec. 21,1942, is one example of how the world was at war and pop music meant “strike up the band” and “boogie woogie bugle boy.”

A harassed producer tries to cope with a drunk lead singer, the delivery boy wants a chance in front of the mike, the second banana who dreams of singing a ballad, and the trumpet playing sound-effects man chooses a fighter plane over Glen Miller.

This will be BCT’s second show of its 12th season. Cast is as follows: Pops Bailey, played by Orv Kersten; Stanley, played by Taylor Atchison; Clifton Fedderson, played by Dan Danielowski; Wally, played by David Stickler; Lou, played by Chris Palmer; Johnny Cantone, played by Doug Rappa; Ginger, played by Madeline Rappa; Connie, played by Haley Armstrong; BJ, played by Ben Danielowski; Neal, played by Craig Stouffer; Ann, played by Kathleen Scordato; Geneva, played by Amy Janopoulus; and Zoot Doubleman, played by Hale Guyer.

Show dates for this production are Nov. 24-26 and Dec. 1-3. Friday and Saturday shows are at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m.


From the Nov. 22-28, 2006, issue

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