Come and experience what live studio audiences enjoyed in the 1930s, 40s, and 50s. During the Golden Days of Radio, movie stars, radio actors, musicians, and sound effects men broadcast live in front of audiences on radio stations heard throughout America. From May 3-6, “KMOH Variety: A Live Radio Play” turns The Matthews stage into a famous radio station — KMOH.
Radio you can see.
Director, Max G. Merchen and the cast take on famous skits by Abbott and Costello, The Thin Man, Fibber McGee & Molly, and Burns & Allen.
Fibber McGee and Molly
Fibber McGee and Molly was a radio show that played a major role in determining the full form of what became classic, old-time radio. The series was a pinnacle of American popular culture from 1935-1959. One of the longest-running comedies in the history of classic radio in the United States, Fibber McGee and Molly has stood the test of time in many ways, transcending the actual or alleged limitations of its medium, form and concurrent culture.
Musical Entertainment (see below for each night’s musicians)
The Thin Man: “The Goofy Bridegroom”
Nick and Nora need to stop the murder of Nick’s friend, Arthur, the goofy groom. Could Arthur’s breathtakingly beautiful bride have something to do with the threats against Arthur?
“The Thin Man” is a popular series of films casting a sophisticated, glamorous, pleasure-seeking, and urbane husband-wife detective team (William Powell and Myrna Loy as Nick and Nora Charles). Each films’ mystery story takes a back seat to the romantic screwball comedy, featuring the splendid, snappy and flirty banter between the rich, carefree married couple. They are known for sleuthing, solving murders, wisecracking one-liners, affectionate witticisms, delightful teasing and one-upmanship, and a loving relationship.
Station Break (intermission)
Burns and Allen
Burns and Allen was an American comedy duo consisting of George Burns and his wife, Gracie Allen. They worked together as a successful comedy team that entertained vaudeville, film, radio, and television audiences for over forty years.
The duo met in 1922 and married in 1926. Burns was the straight man and Allen was a silly, addle-headed woman. Their 30-minute radio show debuted in September 1934 as The Adventures of Gracie, whose title changed to The Burns and Allen Show in 1936; the series ran, moving back and forth between NBC and CBS, until May 1950. After their radio show’s cancellation, Burns and Allen reemerged on television with a popular situation comedy, which ran from 1950 to 1958.
Abbott & Costello: “Who’s on First?”
Abbott and Costello were an American comedy duo composed of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, whose work on radio and in film and television made them the most popular comedy team of the 1940s and early 1950s. Their patter routine “Who’s on First?” is one of the best-known comedy routines of all time, and set the framework for many of their best-known comedy bits.
In between each act, the audience is entertained by live bands/musicians. Each night of the performance features a different musical act.
Thursday, May 3: Gary Bennett
Friday, May 4: Kaleb Carlin
Saturday, May 5: Scott Simpson
Sunday, May 6: Lyle Berry
Commercials with a Local Flair
The actors and sound effects crew produce very entertaining commercials between scenes. Each commercial features The Matthews’ current advertising sponsors.
Season Subscriber? Get a discount on this event.
If you purchased a season ticket to either the 2017-18 Subscription Series or the 2017 Jazz Series, your adult ticket to this event is reduced from $15 to $10.