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Date: Apr 21, 2011
Hofstra Entertainment Presents "Your Hit Parade" – Celebrating the Music of the 1930s
May 14 and 15, 2011 at the John Cranford Adams Playhouse
Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY … Hofstra Entertainment presents Your Hit Parade, May 14 and 15, 2011, at the John Cranford Adams Playhouse, South Campus. Show times are 8 p.m. on Saturday, 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $27; $23 senior citizen (over 65) with ID; $18 matriculated Hofstra or non-Hofstra student with ID.
Your Hit Parade is a celebration of the music of the 1930s, with a special tribute to the songs of 1935, in honor of Hofstra’s 75th anniversary. The concert features a 10-piece band and features guest vocalists Valerie Ahneman, Jeremy Chase, Lynn DiMenna, Gary Fields, Keri Kelsey, Kelley Suttenfield, Laura Wolfe and Bob Spiotto. Featured songs include “Little Girl Blue,” “A Fine Romance,” “Body and Soul,” “All of Me,” “Stardust,” “All or Nothing at All,” “Just One of Those Things,” “Goody, Goody,” “My Romance” and “My Heart Belongs to Daddy.”
This production is inspired by the radio classic, Your Hit Parade, which debuted on NBC radio on April 20, 1935, and moved between NBC and CBS until January 16, 1953. The radio institution billed itself as “an accurate, authentic tabulation of America’s taste in popular music.” A television version of Your Hit Parade was simulcast over NBC Radio from 1950 to 1959.
During its run, the show had 19 orchestra leaders and 52 singers or groups. Every Saturday night, Your Hit Parade presented the top tunes of the week, saving the top three songs for the end of the show. The first No. 1 song on the first program was “Soon” sung by Bing Crosby.
For tickets and information on Hofstra Entertainment’s production of Your Hit Parade, please call the John Cranford Adams Playhouse Box Office at 516-463-6644, Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-3:45 p.m., or visit www.hofstra.edu/hofstraentertainment.
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