The 1940's Radio Hour
1979 Broadway Playbill
Music Various Composers Lyrics Various Lyricists Book Walton Jones Productions 1979 Broadway
is a The Radio Hour musical by Walton Jones. Using popular songs from the 1940s, it portrays the final holiday broadcast of the Mutual Manhattan Variety Cavalcade on the New York radio station WOV in December 1942.
New York City radio station called WOV records a broadcast for American soldiers serving overseas in World War II. The narrative concerns the harassed producer, the drunken lead singer, the second banana who dreams of singing a ballad, the delivery boy who wants a chance in front of the mic, and the young trumpet player who chooses a fighter plane over Glenn Miller.
Characters [ edit ]
Original Broadway actor
Clifton A. Feddington
The overworked general manager and announcer at WOV
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 is dating Johnny.
Mary Cleere Haran
Featured vocalist and Sinatra fan. He's an ex-boxer and a rough guy who drinks too much and has a voice like velvet.
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.
Dee Dee Bridgewater
A cab driver by day and singer, dancer, and choreographer at night. He aspires to the 'featured vocalist' slot.
The third of the Gibson brothers to work for the Cavalcade. He is squeaky-clean, good looking, and a preppy student at Yale.
A 17-year-old bobbysoxer from Ogden, Utah. She is perennially in love and runs an elevator by day.
A crotchety, wizened stage doorkeeper who is a racing bookie on the company phone and reads hidden copies of Show Girl magazine.
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.
A young hopeful from Altoona, Pennsylvania, who came to NYC to work for his uncle at the drugstore to get his big show-biz break.
A young trumpet player with the Zoot Doubleman orchestra who will be leaving after the concert for Army duty.
A lugs cable and runs around a lot and otherwise lives in the control booth.
The WOV Orchestra Leader
List of Musical Numbers [ edit ]
(I've Got a Gal In) Kalamazoo" – Clifton, Chorus (" Chattanooga Choo Choo" in earlier editions) "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) "
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. (" At Last" in earlier editions) "The Five O'Clock Whistle" – Connie, The Band ("
Little Brown Jug" in earlier editions) "
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
Awards and nominations [ edit ]
Original Broadway production [ edit ]
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