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Flagpole Radio Cafe To Return February 8, John Forster To Headline



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The Flagpole Radio Café (FRC) will return to Edmond Town Hall on Saturday, February 8, with guest artist John Forster.

Tickets are $35, and on sale flagpoleproductions.org.

FRC Producer Barbara Gaines is thrilled, she said, that John Forster is making his Flagpole Radio Café debut next month.

“He is an outstanding entertainer and his brand of musical satire is a natural complement to our show,” Ms Gaines said. “Not only that, but he’s performed with our lead guitarist Dick Neal. We should have had him on the show years ago.”

John Forster is an award-winning songwriter, humorist, and record producer whose work encompasses the worlds of singer-songwriting, musical theater, and children’s entertainment. As a recording artist, Mr Forster’s 1994 debut album Entering Marion earned an Indie Award for Best Comedy Album.

Many of his witty topical songs have been featured on NPR’s “Morning Edition,” and his songs have been recorded by Christine Lavin, Judy Collins, Rosanne Cash and the late Dave Van Ronk, among many others. His song “Entering Marion” is included in Dr Demento’s 50 Greatest Novelty Songs of All Time.

Mr Forster is also co-author of the hilarious parody of standardized tests and their companion study guides, The BSAT Official Study Guide: 350 Questions You’ll Never See on the SAT.

As a writer and producer of bright, sassy music for children, Mr Forster has been nominated for four Grammy Awards, most recently for the Tom Chapin album Some Assembly Required. Other children’s albums include Family Tree, This Pretty Planet, Billy The Squid, and a dozen more.

He has produced records for everyone from the Olsen Twins to the original “tot rock” band, Rosenshontz. Mr Forster’s song “Sing Me the Story of Your Day” was sung by Faith Hill on the 2006 Grammy-winning Thanks & Giving.

His musicals include the regional theater favorite Eleanor-An American Love Story (licensed through Rodgers & Hammerstein) as well as Into the Light on Broadway and the Off-Broadway revues Pretzels and A Good Swift Kick. His latest is Mariel, an Afro-Cuban immigration story commissioned by the Cincinnati Playhouse.

Finally, Mr Forster’s scores for young audiences include the perennial How to Eat Like A Child, one of the most widely produced children’s shows in the country, as well as book and lyrics for Freaky Friday with composer Mary Rodgers.

The Flagpole Radio Café is an evening of engaging music and compelling comedy performed by an ensemble of local artists. The Flagpole Radio Orchestra features the musicians Jim Allyn, Rick Brodsky, Howie Bujese, Cadence Carroll, Chris Durham, Dick Neal and Francine Wheeler, while The Flagpole Shakespeare Repertory Theatre includes the actors Martin Blanco, Barbara Gaines, Kate Katcher, and David Wheeler.

For further information, contact Martin Blanco at 203-364-0898 or info@flagpoleproductions.org.

John Forster will bring a brand of musical satire to Edmond Town Hall next month, when he makes his Flagpole Radio Cafe debut.
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