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Elon University Performing Arts: The 1940s Radio Hour

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Elon University, Roberts Studio Theatre at Scott Studios

398 West Haggard Avenue

Elon, NC 27244

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A different time is evoked in this live radio 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 is accurately captured as the station’s harassed producer copes with members of his team: a drunk lead singer, “Pops” the backstage bookmaking doorman, a delivery boy who wants a chance in front of the mic, and the second banana who dreams of singing a ballad. A shortened radio version of A Christmas Carol is even presented accomplishing sound effects the old-fashioned way. This show is 90 minutes of zany fun and classic songs from The Great American Songbook.

Book by Walton Jones based on an idea by Walton Jones and Carol Lees


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Elon University, Roberts Studio Theatre at Scott Studios

398 West Haggard Avenue

Elon, NC 27244

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