The 1940's Radio Hour

A Musical by Walton Jones

You are in the audience of a live broadcast of a 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 and pop music meant "Strike Up the Band" and "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" recalled as the harassed producer copes with a drunk lead singer, the delivery boy who wants a chance in front of the mike, the second banana who dreams of singing a ballad, and the trumpet playing sound effects man who chooses a fighter plane over Glenn Miller.

Performance Dates

Thursday, December 1, 7:30 pm
Friday, December 2, 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 3, 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 4, 2:00 pm
Friday, December 9, 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 10, 2:00 pm
Saturday, December 10, 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 11, 2:00 pm

The performances are color-coded:
White = lots of seats
Yellow = a popular show
Red = few seats left
Black = Sold Out

Call the Calliope Box Office at 508-869-6887 for ticket availability.

Thanks to the Worcester Telegram for giving us a holiday gift review. (opens a new window)

Pictures of the 1940s and their radio hour. (opens a new window)


Pops Bailey: John Goodale
Lou Cohn: Larry Loring
Clifton Feddington: Tom Miller
Neal Tilden: Chris Harris
Johnny Cantone: Jon Dano
BJ Gibson: Anthony Masciangioli
Wally Ferguson: Cameron Call
Geneva Browne: Robin Shropshire
Connie Miller: Meg Norton
Ginger Brooks: Linnea Lyerly
Ann Collier: Merrisa Murtha
Biff Baker: Erik Gladwin

Director: Linda Oroszko
Musical Director: John Leslie
Choreographer: Karen White