Auditions set for F.A.C.T. summer musical show
Fairfield Area Community Theatre is preparing for its summer musical production, “The 1940 Radio Music Hour.”
Auditions will be at 2 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Monday in the Fairfield High School Auditorium.
Directors John Grunwald and Tim Lantz explain a different time is evoked in this marvelously theatrical and winning show — a live broadcast of a “The Mutual Manhattan Variety Cavalcade” on Dec. 21, 1942, from the Hotel Astor’s Algonquin Room. Walton Jones wrote this unique production.
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 mic, the second banana who dreams of singing a ballad and the trumpet-playing sound-effects man who chooses a fighter plane over Glenn Miller.
Other songs include “Chattanooga Choo-Choo,” “That Old Black Magic,” and “Ain’t She Sweet.” Many other favorites included of that era are by the Gershwins, Rogers and Hart and Johnny Mercer.
Grunwald and Lantz also explained it was the end of the golden age of swing, and jazz as it is known today was slowly coming to the forefront. While “Ol ‘Blue Eyes” Frank Sinatra ruled the airwaves and made the bobbysoxers swoon, artists like John Coltrane and Charlie “Bird” Parker were moving up the ranks to make their indelible mark on the jazz world. It is the remnants of the 1940s that remain today.
“From the music, the movies, the fashion style and of course, the language – it was indeed one of the most memorable decades in American history,” said Grunwald and Lantz. “And we want the community to be a part of this production.”