2006-03-30 / Front Page

This weekend's hot ticket: 'The 1940s Radio Hour'

Emmye Collins, and April Shelton, among others, will entertain in "The 1940s Radio Hour" starting tonight and running Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday afternoon at The Playhouse. Emmye Collins, and April Shelton, among others, will entertain in "The 1940s Radio Hour" starting tonight and running Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday afternoon at The Playhouse. "The 1940s Radio Hour," a musical filled with old, cherished songs, will open this weekend at The Playhouse on North Alexander Avenue.

Performance times are 8 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, March 30 and 31, and April 1; and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 2.

Reservations may be made by calling 706-678-9582. Tickets may also be purchased at the door, but the director, Libby Foster, cautions that musicals typically draw big crowds, so reservations are a good idea. Tickets are $10 for adults; $5 for age 12 and under.

The Washington Little Theater Company's contribution to the events of the Tour of Homes weekend is a bubbling, nostalgic recreation of the musical variety shows that characterized the 1940s radio programs. There are more than 20 musical numbers aided by the exuberance of an eight-piece professional jazz band, and covering the classical popular music field from "Boogie-Woogie Bugle Boy" to "That Old Black Magic" and "Blues in the Night."

The large cast, in alphabetical order, consists of Brian Baldwin, Gordon Carver, Emma Collins, Greg Colvard, Billy Creel, Nora Dukes, John Dunfee, Tony Macchia, Sarah Peacock, Phil Rothman, April Shelton, and Kenny Sifre.

Nora Dukes is the director of music; and Ryan Dukes is the director of the band. Larry Collins is in charge of sound; Angelyn Price, stage manager; Elizabeth Lunceford, and Debra Wall, stage assistants; and Hannah Sifre, lights. All of these help Director Foster and the actor-singers bring the play off.

"The 1940s Radio Hour is an authentic and nostalgic trip, and an unthreatening way to start a summer season," according to Alvin Klein of The New York Times (June 1997).

For an evening of warmth, fun, and music, Director Foster feels that it can't be beat. "Call 706-678-9582 now," she says. "There's not much time left."

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