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‘1940’s Radio Hour’ a nostalgic tunefest

POSTED: December 1, 2011 12:30 a.m.
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The cast of the "1940's Radio Hour," which runs Dec. 1-4 and 8-10 at the Habersham Community Theater.

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Habersham Community Theater takes you back in time with its "1940's Radio Hour," performed Dec. 1-4 and Dec. 8-11 at the historic Habersham Theater in downtown Clarkesville.

The show revolves around a live broadcast on fabled WOV, a seedy little New York radio station, of The Mutual Manhattan Variety Cavalcade from the Hotel Astor's Algonquin Room on Dec. 21, 1942.

In that era as the world was at war, pop music meant "Strike Up the Band, " "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy," "Blues in the Night," "At Last," "Chattanooga Choo Choo" and other favorite songs.

The spirit of the time is captured as the harassed producer copes with a lead singer who drinks too much, the delivery boy who wants a chance in front of the mic and the second banana who dreams of singing a ballad.

The show begins a few hours before the special radio performance is sent out over the air waves in honor of the troops overseas, with the audience treated as if it were the audience of that special broadcast. HCT welcomes audience members to come dressed in 1940s garb, with volunteers dressing in that era.

"This dream cast is beautifully portraying all the comedic and poignant moments of the lives of the characters as they prepare and deliver the radio broadcast," director Lynda Smith said. "But I have to say the highlights are in the 1940s original songs."

A live band led by retired Habersham Central Band Director Nelson Payne will perform the music.


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