'It's a Wonderful Life' with Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed came out in 1946 and was a bomb, if you can believe it.
When it came out in movie theatres people stayed away in droves.
Sometime in the 1960s it started being aired on TV and suddenly it was a hit and has been ever since.
It's been such a hit that it has been brought back as live radio show. Several actors have been rehearsing the Tennessee Shakespeare Company's production of "It's a Wonderful Life" sponsored by FedEx.
Beginning Thursday, Dec. 6, the auditorium at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens will be transformed into the live remote broadcast of the 1946 production of "It's a Wonderful Life." They will have all the actors on stage, applause lights, a live audience, and they will have all the sound effects.
It will be like you're going back in time.
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"It's an absolutely new experience as far as staging is concerned," said Jim Eikner, actor. "Here you have something that depends not so much on sight lines as on sound lines and it's a totally new experience. In radio format people do multiple roles, because people are seen and you can do your voice in certain ways, that you can become a different person."
As demonstrated in the 1990s TV show "Frazier," recreating a radio show the way they really used to make radio is a very complicated undertaking because it is all live and anything can happen, Which was what and still is the exciting thing about live broadcasts.
"The sound effects that was always to me just a marvel then," Eikner said
The live radio broadcast on WKNO Radio will be Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. The other performances will be stage performances only.
If you love "It's a Wonderful Life," you will love this recreation of a great time in broadcast radio.
"It's a Wonderful Life: Radio Play" will run Dec. 6-16. All performances are $25 in advance and $30 day-of-show.
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