A Tribute to Bob Hope
& the Radio Stars of the 1940's
July 22, 2017 - from 7:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
In the days before television, families and friends huddled around their radios listening to drama, adventure shows, variety shows, situation comedies, sketches, and music. Back then radios were large and encased in wood. They were expensive, but important, pieces of furniture that families struggled to scrape enough money together to buy.
Radio programs brought the country together because they created a culture all Americans could share. Programs were presented live, including the sound effects and commercials.
Bob Hope, Jack Benny, Jimmy Durante, and Red Skelton were four of the top-rated comedians on radio. Their humor was especially important during World War II because it not only brought Americans together for a united purpose but also helped a war-weary public forget – if only for 30 minutes – the carnage found in the daily newspapers and in movie newsreels.
In a special performance for the Wright Museum, Lynn Roberts and Chuck Carson bring you back to the days when radio was king by recreating a NBC radio comedy show from the 1940s. Lynn impersonates Bob Hope, Jack Benny, Jimmy Durante, and Red Skelton. When you see Lynn on stage, it’s difficult to tell him from the real comedians. Chuck acts as the announcer and does the sound effects and the commercials.
On the Air provides an evening of nostalgia for seniors and introduces younger people to a unique form of entertainment they’re bound to enjoy.
The performance will take place at Anderson Hall, located at 205 South Main Street on the Brewster Academy campus. (Limited parking is available. Additional parking is within walking distance.)
Purchase your tickets online via Eventbrite, in person at the museum, or on the day of the event at the door.
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
Seating is limited, so get your tickets now.
A Pheonix Producers Group Presentation
This event was made possible with support from Linda Matchett and contributions from Pam McKinley and Sugar Hill Retirement Community.