THE 1940's RADIO HOUR
produced by Algonquin Arts Theatre
featuring the Algonquin Players
The 1940's Radio Hour by Walton Jones is full of 1940's music, dancing and old-time sound effects. The play portrays the final holiday broadcast of the Mutual Manhattan Variety Cavalcade on the New York radio station WOV in December 1942. This show, directed by Broadway and AAT Guest Director, Robert Johanson, will feature a live big band and include such songs as Love is Here to Stay, That Old Black Magic, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, and more!
On Saturday, July 12 at 12 noon at Algonquin Arts Theatre, 173 Main St, Manasquan, NJ 08736, AAT is holding auditions for The 1940's Radio Hour. This show, directed by Robert Johanson, choreographed by Casey Abel and musically directed by Vincent Zito, will start rehearsals around Mon. Oct. 27 and will open Sat. Nov. 27 and close on Dec. 7 for a total of 7 performances. Below is the schedule of performances. (NOTE: Final dress rehearsal will be on Friday, Nov. 28, the day after Thanksgiving. ALSO: All actors will be required to attend a brush up rehearsal on Wed. Dec. 3 at 7pm).
1940s Radio Hour:
Saturday Nov. 29 - 8 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 30 – 3 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 4 – 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 5 – 2 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 6 – 2 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 6 – 8 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 7 – 3 p.m.
We are looking for talented actors who sing and dance for this show that takes place in the 1940s and features all big band music.
Please share this info with anyone who is interested in auditioning. Please arrive at 12 noon and go to the offices of the theatre on Sat. July 12 to sign in at the theatre offices and be prepared to sing a standard ballad (bring sheet music in the correct key for provided accompanist) that shows range and be prepared to read from the script. Please plan to stay for at least an hour. You might be asked to dance/move first, so please wear/bring appropriate clothes and shoes.
Ages 20s to 40s
Excellent singers, all must be able to hold tight harmonies of the 40s era, good movers, one needs to tap well, all excellent actors.
Ann: 25-early 40s, sings Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas and That Old Black Magic a la Rosemary Clooney or Diana Shore (soft, elegant and feminine). The audience must love hearing her sing. The heart of the show. Real person. Has a child. Those auditioning should sing a ballad. That Old Black Magic in a ballad form would be good or something similar.
Connie: 18-28 years old, sings a la Debbie Reynolds or Sandra Dee, cute adorable and sing Daddy (similar to My Heart Belongs to Daddy). Girl next door type, nice figure, curvy and cute. Tapping a plus for this role.
Ginger: 20-35 yrs old, sings My Momma Done Told Me Rodgers, sassy sidekick, comedienne but sexy.
Ages Late teens to 60s
Younger men: to sing tight harmonies of the 40s era, good movers, good actors, good soloists. More mature men: Excellent actors with a good sense of comedic timing.
Johnny Cantone: 30s to 40s, Frank Sinatra of the group, good actor, excellent singer.
Lou: 35 or older, character guy who does all sound effects live on stage for the live "broadcast," must have good comedic timing. Character singer.
Neal: 25-35, charming, nerdy, eager to take over Johnny's role as lead singer of the show, very comic role. Strong singer.
BJ: 18-28 years old, Young handsome juvenile up and coming singer/dancer. Must be good singer.
Clifton: 40s-50s, producer and host of radio show, high strung, loud mouthed boss.
Wally: 15-25, young delivery boy dying to be in the radio show, sweet kid everybody loves. Should be a good singer.
Stan: 25-40, stage manager of the radio show, charming, handyman who has a crush on Ginger. Acting role, some singing required.
Biff: 20s to 30s, sweet and excellent trumpet player who will play in the orchestra (all of whom are on stage), is featured in Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy and then is off to war. Touching moment in the play.
Pop: 70s or older, grumpy old man with a sweet side. Though he is grumpy, he is lovable. Non singing role.