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Publisher's Summary

Abbott & Costello in the Catskills" is an authentic recreation of a 1930s Borscht Belt variety show, recorded before a live audience in the Catskills.

In this New Oldtime Radio Hour, Lou Costello (Bob Greenberg) follows Bud Abbott (Joe Bevilacqua) to the Catskills when Abbott is hired as sole Master of Ceremonies of a Borscht Belt variety show. Meanwhile, guest stars George Burns and Cab Calloway miss their train forcing Abbott to sing and dance in their place! Guest stars who do show up include Gracie Allen (Lorie Kellogg), Harpo Marx (Kenny Savoy), Ruth Waters (DeLois House), and Sophie Tucker, Last of the Red Hot Mamas (Teri Paris).

Musical numbers are performed by Ukulele Elaine & The Hurleyville Ukulele Orchestra, Banjo Steve Levine, and Leon Sandow and His Columbia Captivators: Leon Hilfstein (Piano), Buddy Allen (Saxophone) and Bill Margargle (Drums).

Comedy sketches performed include "Lambchops" (Bud Abbott and Gracie Allen) and "Who's on First?" (Bud Abbott and Lou Costello). During the curtain call, Bud Abbott sings Minnie the Moocher.

The show's line-up is as follows:

MC - Bud Abbott: Joe Bevilacqua
Lou Costello: Bob Greenberg
Harpo Marx: Kenny Savoy
Ukulele Elaine & The Hurleyville Ukulele Orchestra
Ruth Waters: DeLois (Cookie) House
Lambchops (Bud Abbott and Gracie Allen)
Joe Bevilacqua: Bud Abbott
Lorie Kellogg: Gracie Allen
Banjo Steve: Steve Levine
Lou Costello's Act: Bob Greenberg
Who's on First? (Bud Abbott and Lou Costello)

Joe Bevilacqua: Bud Abbott
Bob Greenberg: Lou Costello
Sophie Tucker - Last of the Red Hot Mama’s: Teri Paris

Curtain Call: Bud Abbott (Joe Bevilacqua) sings Minnie the Moocher

House Band - Leon Sandow & His Columbia Captivators

Piano: Leon Hilfstein
Drums: Bill Margargle
Sax: Buddy Allen

A video promo for the show:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LrAVnN9NO0

A behind the scenes story:
http://waterloggproductions.blogspot.com/2012/04/joe-bev-experience-art-of-...

More about the special:
http://waterlogg.com/abbott-costello.html

©2012 Joe Bevilacqua (P)2012 Joe Bevilacqua

Critic Reviews

  • 2012 TANYS (Theatre Association of New York State) award for Excellence in Ensemble Acting to Joe Bevilacqua and Bob Greenberg for their portrayal of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello. www.tanys.org.

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Not bad, but definatly not Abbott & Costello.

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

An actually recording of the real Abbott & Costello, even with the static of the old recordings.

Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

Not as a Abbott & Costello act, but otherwise yes.