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L. A. Theatre Works: Hay Fever on March 10 March 5, 2007

Posted by William Spear in >> News, >> Radio Drama.
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On Saturday, March 10 from 10 pm – midnight on 89.3 KPCC, L.A. Theatre Works’ The Play’s the Thing will air Hay Fever by Noel Coward starring Eric Stolz, Tate Donavan, Carolyn Seymour and  Jeffrey Jones.  A country-house weekend goes haywire when the guests and their hosts play a game of romantic musical chairs. Wit, sophistication and Coward’s biting commentary on the theater profession.  The broadcast includes an interview with Eric Stoltz.

Where to listen

L.A. Theatre Works’ radio theater series, The Play’s the Thing, airs locally every Saturday night from 10 pm to midnight on 89.3 FM KPCC Southern California Public Radio, and is streamed on the KPCC website ( http://www.kpcc.org/ ) for one week following each broadcast.  The series can also be heard on 94.1 KPFA in Northern California; 91.5 FM WBEZ in Chicago; 91.1 FM KRCB in Sonoma County; 93.5 FM  KRTS Marfa Public Radio (Texas); 89.7 WGBH in Boston; 94.9 KUOW in Seattle; 88.9 FM KUNM in Albuquerque; as well as on many other public radio stations nationwide and XM Satellite Radio.  Selected programs from LATW are also heard internationally over BBC World Service, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Radio Telefis Eirann (Ireland), Radio Hong Kong, and Radio New Zealand.  The L.A. Theatre Works Audio Theatre Collection is available in bookstores, libraries, through their catalog, digitally on itunes, overdrive.com, audible.com, and on the L.A. Theatre Works website at http://www.latw.org/ .

To get a full schedule,  go to the L.A. Theatre Works website at www.latw.org and follow the link through the “Radio Theatre Series” heading and then “Episode Guide” or go directly to www.scpr.org for KPCC.

Additional support for the series is provided by AudioFile Magazine.  Listeners can visit their website at www.audiofilemagazine.com to view 65 reviews of LATW plays and hear sound clips from them.  The Beverly Hilton hotel is the official hotel for The Play’s the Thing.

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Great Beginnings: First Nighter and “the little theatre off Times Square” March 5, 2007

Posted by William Spear in >> Great Beginnings, >> Radio Drama.
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The First Nighter program took listeners to “the little theatre off Times Square” to rub shoulders with celebrities attending each week’s premier on the great White Way.

It was also home to a popular drama anthology which ran for 23 years sponsored by Campana, Miller Beer and, later, sustained.

Hosted by Mr. First Nighter, played by Don Ameche, each show began with the sounds of Broadway and walking into a theatre. The following is the introduction for The Chinese Gong:

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MR. FIRST NIGHTER: (COLD) Theatre time. Broadway’s buzzing with excitement and eagerly awaiting to welcome an opening night performance at the little theatre off Times Square. There’ll be a crowd of onlookers and autograph fans on hand at the entrance to greet the celebrities who always attend the premier on the great White Way. So let’s not miss a minute of the excitement.

SFX: BED: TRAFFIC SOUNDS, HORNS.

MR. FIRST NIGHTER: It’s just a short walk around the corner. Will you join me?

SFX: LET BED BREATHE.

MR. FIRST NIGHTER: There’re lots of uniforms in the crowd tonight at Broadway and 42nd Street. Shall we cross the street here?

SFX: BED: TRAFFIC SOUNDS, HORNS. THEATRE CROWDS MILLING ABOUT.

MR. FIRST NIGHTER: Well here we are at the little theatre off Times Square.

SFX: THEATRE CROWDS MILLING ABOUT. POLICE WHISTLES.

TICKET TAKER: (OFF MIC) Have your tickets ready, please. Have your tickets ready, please. (LET BED BREATHE: ON MIC) Good evening, Mr. First Nighter. The usher will show you to your box.

MR. FIRST NIGHTER: Thank you. We’ll go right in.

MUSIC: THEME: UP AND ESTABLISH.

MR. FIRST NIGHTER: We’ll here we are and every seat is taken. Advance theatre notices have heralded tonight’s play as a thriller packing plenty of excitement in every scene with the biggest surprise coming at the very end. Its title is The Chinese Gong and it was written by Arch Oboler. Topping an all star cast is our popular leading lady, Barbara Luddy, and opposite Miss Luddy is her guest leading man, Olan Soule. The play is pure fiction of course and does refer to real people or to actual events. And now, before first curtain, let’s listen to Eric Sagerquist’s First Nighter Orchestra.

MUSIC: UP AND ESTABLISH AND OUT.

. . .

We’ll take two tickets; front row center. Don’t worry about being late; they’ll hold the curtain for friends of the First Nighter.

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