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It Is A Wonderful Life: Merry Christmas Music To the Heart


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On WGN, I filled in Christmas Night – Listen HERE to the show.

George Bailey and Mr. Potter square off

George Bailey and Mr. Potter square off

Think Christmas, and you think “It’s a Wonderful Life,” from the Oil Lamp Theater in Glenview, members of the cast reproduced a couple of scenes live the radio. And I will say Mr. Potter, played by Joe Page, is kind of scary. Blake Holen plays George Bailey and Rachel Livingston  is Mary. In one of the scenes they sing, “Buffalo Gals.” That song has it’s own history, but of course so does “It’s a Wonderful Life.” And how bad a bad guy is Mr. Potter? According to the American Film Institute, he’s pretty bad. We dish “It’s a Wonderful Life” trivia. Steve Dale Christmas Night show on WGN Radio

Steve Smith, associate artistic director of the Oil Lamp Theater explains the theater’s mission, and BYOB policy.

I met Chicago Police Department Chaplain Robert Montelongo during the Puppy Mill Project March, as he said a prayer for our pets – how could I not be impressed with him? We talk about the real meaning of Christmas. And about how a divided City might come together, and support the goodness that happens daily in Chicago: #ChicagoProud. 

Emily Montelongo

Emily Montelongo

It’s hard to believe poised and gifted Emily Montelongo is as young as she is – but listen to her sing! Listen to this so you may all say, “I heard her when….”

And Chicago Police Department honor guard vocalist Arturo Andonaegui not only has the voice, but the ability to interpret lyrics.

Chicago Police Department honor guard vocalist Arturo Andonaegui

Chicago Police Department honor guard vocalist Arturo Andonaegui

Every word of every lyric isn’t only heard, it’s sung with meaning, heart and soul. Coincidentally, his accompanist, is Mark Burnell, a stalwart for many years on the Chicago music scene with his wife, Anne.

Chicago Police Department honor guard vocalist Arturo Andonaegui, Mark Burrell, Emily Montelongo and CPD Chaplain Robert Montelongo

Chicago Police Department honor guard vocalist Arturo Andonaegui, Mark Burrell, Emily Montelongo and CPD Chaplain Robert Montelongo

Talk about your Christmas gifts: Each performed Christmas music….the entire show should be put on CD, and sold – the quality of talent here was a Christmas gift.

The Chaplain says we may not be able to control peace on earth – but we can control peace and love in our own hearts.

I truly felt blessed to have these guests on this show….enjoy.

 

 

 

 

 

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