FOOTLIGHT PARADE: SOUNDS OF THE AMERICAN MUSICAL
Celebrates 25 Years on the Air over WCLV
On Saturday, June 28th, Footlight Parade,
the weekly show of Broadway and Hollywood
music, hosted by Bill Rudman, observed its
25th anniversary with a benefit at Cain Park
in Cleveland Heights. Alma Theatre wasl
the site of a two-hour special taping
featuring some the area's foremost musical
theatre talent presenting songs and comedy.
Rudman and Robert Conrad hosted..
The program will air on WCLV,
July 26 at 5:00 PM.
Originally called Broadway Melodies, the show featuring the best of Broadway and
Hollywood has been nationally syndicated since 1998, currently on some
80 stations A version called On the Aisle is heard twice weekly on XM Satellite
Radio. The WCLV broadcast is Saturdays at 6:00 PM,
Cain Park's Alma Theatre was sold out for the special two hour presentation,
which featured eleven of the Cleveland area's most talented theatrical performers,
in addition to Rudman and Conrad. Most of the material for the broadcast was
written by Cleveland's leading playwright Eric Coble. Other performers were
Daniel Hahn, Parick Janson, Jodi Maile Kirk, Nancy Maier (pianist), Maryann
Nagel, Fabio Polanco, Tina Stump and Greg Violand.
Here are some snapshots from the show:
Greg Violand and Tina Stump in a skit in
which Queen Latifah explains her
forthcoming appearance in the title
role of Annie.
Bill Rudman interviewing Dr.
Theopholis Pedanto (Eric Cobel)
about his theory that Ole Man
River is really an indictment
of the cigarette industry -
"Ole Man River Just Keeps
Music director Nancy Maier.
Vocalist Patrick Janson, who had three
solos - I am What I Am from La Cage
aug Folles and two songs from
Romberg's The Student Prince.
Fabio Palanco, who sang Luck Be a Lady
Tonight from Guys and Dolls and
Standing on the Corner
from The Most Happy Fella.
Audio engineer Mark Logies.
Tina Stump performing Bali Ha'i
from South Pacific.
Eric Cobel, Daniel Hahn and
Jodi Maile Kirk in the midst
of the 34th broadcast of
the finals of "Musical Theatre
Geeks." Again, no winner was
declaired because the
contestants could not
identify Memory from
The grand finale of the 25th
Birthday Bash of Footlight
Parade was an audience
sing-a-long of Sunrise,
Sunset from A Fiddler on
the Roof. That's WCLV's
Vice President for Programming,
Bill O'Connell, in the red Hawaiian