Friday, June 29 – Sunday, July 29, 2018
Fri. & Sat. at 7:30pm & Sun. at 2pm
Directed and Written by Peter J. Hill
Music and Lyrics by Gus Schneider and Eddie Avril
Produced by Copperstate Productions
Choreographed by Noël Irick
In the Mainstage Too! Theater
Music that’ll make you swoon and comedy that will make you remember a simpler era! A small, independent Midwest radio station will finally ‘go national’! Everything depends entirely on “going live” with national programming. But wait! A sudden freak snowstorm knocks out their chance of receiving the national feed. The four dedicated employees find a way to still broadcast and save the station (and find love along the way)!
The Backstory: The Big Radio Broadcast of 1941 charmingly recreates the old radio programs with their comedy, news and intrigue segments, set to some of the most wonderful, original music of the period. The story of how this show came to be is nearly as touching and funny as the musical itself. While visiting his mother, director/writer, Peter J. Hill was surprised when she brought out a small box of sheet music composed by his grandfather. “Your Grandfather wrote all of this music. The Andrew’s Sisters optioned some of these songs, but they never recorded them. Can you do anything with them?” Flabbergasted, Hill took the music, listened to the delightful tunes, and created The Big Radio Broadcast of 1941 around these songs, by composer Gus Schneider. Amazingly Peter Hill and Gus Schneider, his maternal Grandfather, never met. Gus died the year that Peter was born and now Peter finds a deep and meaningful connection to his past through Gus’s music! As homage to Peter’s grandfather, the show even features a character named Gus and every show is dedicated to him.
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or call 480.837.9661 x3 (Tues.–Sat. 12pm-5pm). Groups discounts available.
“The Big Radio Broadcast of 1941” is created by Peter J. Hill and presented by Copperstate Productions.