The 1940’s Radio Hour

Producer Elizabeth Mandel
Director Buddy Butler
Assistant Director Robin Harris
Vocal Director Carol Harris
Music Director Carol Harris
Choreographer Jyovonne Montosa
Rehearsal Secretary Anne Hepner
Costume Designer Michelle Griffin
Master Carpenter Richard Kaiser
Set Designer Carol Harris
Scenic Artist Bill Tindall
Stage Manager Bruce Pember
Lighting Designer Joyce Bedard
Props Mistresses Lori Foster & Barbara Smith
House Managers Ann Pember & Christine Carrillo
Lobby Decor Jim & Christine Carrillo
Lighting Operators Ben Snook & Luna Bobeda
Sound Operators Elizabeth Calisi & Sasha Crowley
Graphic  Artist Jason Leong
Variety Cavalcade Photographer Rebecca Little
Cast Photographer Mary Dokter
Program Designer Elizabeth Mandel
Ann Collier Joy Reynolds
B.J. Gibson Steven Zbin
Biff Baker Zack Goller
Clifton Feddington Peter Mandel
Connie Miller Lindsay Sommers
Freddi Brianna Pember
Geneva Lee Browne Jenafer Thompson
Ginger Brooks Megan Griffin
Johnny Cantone Tom Hepner
Lou Cohn Bill Tindall
Neal Tilden Rob Christopher
Pops Bailey James Daniel Pearson
Stanley Javier Garcia
Wally Ferguson Jacob Goller
Zoot Doubleman Carol Harris
The Zoot Doubleman Orchestra
Zoot Doubleman (Keyboard) Carol Harris
Ladyfingers McLaughlin  (Keyboard) Becki McLaughlin
Phil Bentley (Bass) Don Larson
Snookie Davenport (Reeds) Brandi Rubino
Pieface Minelli (Trumpet) Mark Bishop
Toots Schoenfeld (Trumpet) Becky Rambow Bishop
Scoops Millikin (Trombone) Becky Owens / Monica Moniz
Neeley “Flap” Kovacs (Drums) Nick Quijano

A different time is evoked in this marvelously theatrical and winning show, a live broadcast of 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” (both are in this show) is accurately captured 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.


Above Studio Portraits by Rebecca Little, Portraits by Rebecca

Above Dress Rehearsal Photos by Elizabeth Mandel