Sc. 3 – Rhythm and News

Video with the voices of The Radio Chorus: Karen Vuong, Kyla Page-Williams, Michael Slattery, and LeRoy Villanueva

RHYTHM AND NEWS

ALL:
August 17, 1939:

BARITONE:
Well, alright!
Well, alright!
The rhythm was really jumping Saturday night
Well, alright! Well, alright!
when Ray Nance sang and sawed, blew his horn
and he “Boogie Woogied” with the Harlem Band.

ALL:
May 16, 1940:

No More “Swing Street,”
No “Brown Broadway”
No, it’s just plain Central Avenue.

ALL:
Thursday, January 23, 1941:

BARITONE:
THE CLUB ALABAM really
swung out this week.
Beautiful girls,
Blues,

ALL:
Close harmony.

ALTO:
A number of our eager Harlemites,
hearing that their own Negro 369th
was booked for Hawaii,
couldn’t enlist fast enough.
Imagine their dismay when

Uncle Sam sent them all to the
Canadian border where
when it snows, brother,
it SNOWS . . .
it SNOWS . . . 

ALL:
When it snows, brother,
it SNOWS .

SOPRANO:
There are going to be some changes made.

SOPRANO + TENOR:
War changes many things.

ALTO:
Races and nations which you hated before the war

ALL:
Now fighting side by side.

TENOR + BARITONE:
So if you’re called,

ALTO:
Make up your mind

SOPRANO:
to adjust yourself.

ALL:
Adjust yourself.
Adjust yourself.

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