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Among the most popular of the 70-odd programs that the AFRS distributed each week to its 800 armed forces broadcast facilities worldwide were 3 variety shows: Command Performance, Mail Call, and Jubilee. Recorded to transcription discs from performances presented to live audiences in Los Angeles, these 30 minute shows featured a constantly-rotating parade of stars serving both as emcee and guest artists, including many regulars like Bob Hope (the few times he wasn’t on tour with his USO unit), Kate Smith, Bing Crosby, and Judy Garland, and just about any entertainer who could be pulled in quickly from their studio work in order to fill a request for a song or just about anything else that reminded the soldiers of life back home or gave them a great laugh: the sound of Lana Turner cooking up a porter house steak, Ann Miller tap dancing in army boots, a sigh from Carol Landis, Bing Crosby mixing a bourbon and soda for Bob Hope, or, as an older serviceman stationed in the South Pacific requested, anyone singing a verse of that WWI he so much loved when he served in that earlier war, “Keep The Home Fires Burning” (to which the entire studio audience obliged, led by Kate Smith). Filled with easy banter, plenty of vaudeville comedy, great songs by top artists, fun responses to requests, and plenty of calls outs and words of encouragement to servicemen in the field, these programs did much to boost morale.
For our annual cabaret evening, Jesse Cloninger and the Festival big band are joined by our own parade of stars in a 3-set re-creation, drawing songs, jokes, and “requests from the field” skits from the original 1942-45 programs, including a significant portion of the legendary February 15, 1945 Command Performance special, Dick Tracy In B Flat.
The format for the evening will be our usual cabaret layout: top-ticketed cabaret seating down front of the main floor, and reserved seating up in the balcony, with a full bar in the Tykeson Lobby. We get going at 7 pm--an hour earlier than the Festival's other evening concerts--with 2 intermissions. While dressing up is not required, in the spirit of the event we encourage it (especially if you go period!).
Program
SET I
 Command Performance Theme
(1942) Command Performance - Meredith Willson (m) [ version of Over There ]
 The Very Thought Of You
(1934) - Ray Noble (w/m)
 Five Foot Two, Eyes Of Blue
(1925) - Joe Young, Sam Lewis (w) Ray Henderson (m)
 How About You?
(1941) Babes On Broadway - Ralph Freed (w) Burton Lane (m)
 I Can't Give You Anything But Love
(1928) Lew Leslie's Blackbirds of 1928 - Dorothy Fields (w) Jimmy McHugh (m)
 Star Dust
 When Irish Eyes Are Smiling
(1912) The Isle O' Dreams - Chauncey Olcott, Geo. Graff Jr. (w) Ernest R. Ball (m)
 I'll Be Seeing You
(1938) Right This Way - Irving Kahal (w) Sammy Fain (m)
 Murder, He Says
(1943) Happy Go Lucky - Frank Loesser (w) Jimmy McHugh (m)
SET II
 Command Performance Theme
(1942) Command Performance - Meredith Willson (m) [ version of Over There ]
 Sentimental Journey
(1944) - Bud Green (w) Les Brown, Ben Homer (m)
 All The Things You Are
(1939) Very Warm For May - Oscar Hammerstein II (w) Jerome Kern (m)
 Over The Rainbow
(1939) The Wizard Of Oz - Yip Harburg (w) Harold Arlen (m)
 Keep The Home-Fires Burning
(1914) - Lena Guilbert Ford (w) Ivor Novello (m)
 Oh, Lady, Be Good!
(1924) Lady, Be Good - Ira Gershwin (w) George Gershwin (m)
 I'll See You In My Dreams
(1924) - Gus Kahn (w) Isham Jones (m)
 Cow Cow Boogie
(1942) Ride 'Em, Cowboy - Gene de Paul, Benny Carter (w) Don Raye (m)
SET III "Dick Tracey in B flat"
 Command Performance Theme
(1942) Command Performance - Meredith Willson (m) [ version of Over There ]
 Happy, Happy, Happy Wedding Day
(1945) Dick Tracey In B flat - Meredith Willson (w/m)
 Whose Dream Are You?
(1945) Dick Tracey In B flat - Meredith Willson (w/m) [ based on O. O. McIntyre Suite ]
 Who's That Knocking At My Door?
(1945) Dick Tracey In B flat - Meredith Willson (w) traditional (m) [ uses melody of Barnacle Bill The Sailor ]
 Happy, Happy, Happy Wedding Day (reprise)
(1945) Dick Tracey In B flat - Meredith Willson (w/m)
 I Must Be Off – How I Dread
(1945) Dick Tracey In B flat - Meredith Willson (w) traditional (m) [ parody of Barnacle Bill The Sailor ]
 I Had A Phone
(1945) Dick Tracey In B flat - Meredith Willson (w) Harold Arlen (m) [ parody of Tess's Torch Song ]
 I'm The Top
(1945) Dick Tracey In B flat - Meredith Willson (w) Cole Porter (m) [ parody of You're The Top ]
 Happy, Happy, Happy Wedding Day (reprise)
(1945) Dick Tracey In B flat - Meredith Willson (w/m)
 A Wandering Actor I
(1945) Dick Tracey In B flat - Meredith Willson (w) Arthur Sullivan (m) [ parody of A Wandering Minstrel, I ]
 Happy, Happy, Happy Wedding Day (reprise)
(1945) Dick Tracey In B flat - Meredith Willson (w/m)
 Folks Call Me The Mole
(1945) Dick Tracey In B flat - Meredith Willson (w) Mike Riley, Edward Farley (m) [ parody of The Music Goes 'Round And Around ]
 Somewhere Over A Barrel
(1945) Dick Tracey In B flat - Meredith Willson (w) Harold Arlen (m) [ parody of Over The Rainbow ]
 If Miss Pons can sing cadenzas
(1945) Dick Tracey In B flat - Meredith Willson (w) Gaetano Donizetti (m) [ parody of Chi mi frena in tal momento… ]
 I'm Awfully Strong For You
(1908) The Yankee Prince - George M. Cohan (w/m)
 Whose Dream Are You? (reprise)
(1945) Dick Tracey In B flat - Meredith Willson (w/m) [ based on O. O. McIntyre Suite ]
 Happy, Happy, Happy Wedding Day (reprise)
(1945) Dick Tracey In B flat - Meredith Willson (w/m)
 The Summer Sisters
(1945) Dick Tracey In B flat - Meredith Willson (w) Albert Von Tilzer (m) [ parody of I'll Be With You In Apple Blossom Time ]
 Happy, Happy, Happy Wedding Day (reprise)
(1945) Dick Tracey In B flat - Meredith Willson (w/m)
 You Are A Brute
(1945) Dick Tracey In B flat - Meredith Willson (w) Jerome Kern (m) [ parody of All The Things You Are ]
 Tracy, Shaky, and Flattop
(1945) Dick Tracey In B flat - Meredith Willson (w) Jimmy Van Heusen (m) [ parody of Sunday, Monday or Always ]
 Gerty’s Story
(1945) Dick Tracey In B flat - Meredith Willson (w) Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin (m) [ parody of The Trolley Song ]
Ticket/Venue Info
Keep The Home Fires Burning Ticket Prices
Seat
Level
Full
Price
Discount Prices
10%15%20%Stud.
Gold48.00  43.25  41.00  38.50  36.00 
A38.00  34.25  32.50  30.50  28.50 
B34.00  30.75  29.00  27.25  25.50 
C28.00  25.25  24.00  22.50  21.00 
O20.00  18.00  17.00  16.00  15.00 
Jaqua Concert Hall
The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts
285 E Broadway
Eugene, Oregon
541-434-7000
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