When David Rockefeller came up with the idea of a World Trade Center for Lower Manhattan, there was just one obstacle in his way: Radio Row, several jumbled blocks of little electronics stores, where radios, circuity, and miscellaneous used goods piled up on the sidewalks to be picked over. Whatever was the charm of this electric bazaar, its lost to history. In the 60s, the Port Authority claimed eminent domain and razed the neighborhood to make way for the WTC.
Perhaps Dr. Radio is a eulogy to Radio Row. Written by Chris McGovern, South Floridas most beloved creator of musical theater, the musical is world-premiering at Florida Stage. Its about a radio repair store somewhere on the Lower East Side thats following the radio star into oblivion. Facing foreclosure, the owner decides to divulge what must feel to him like an eon of memories and stories, reminding us that you cant get to the future until you know the past. How musical numbers figure into this, youll have to find out.
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Dr. Radio previews at Florida Stage (262 S. Ocean Blvd., Manalapan) Wednesday at 8 p.m. It runs through May 2. Tickets to the preview cost $38. Call 800-514-3837, or visit floridastage.org.
Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 2 p.m.; Wednesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 7 p.m. Starts: March 24. Continues through May 2, 2010