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Its A Wonderful Life

It's A Wonderful Life: Live from WVL Radio Theatre

Almost everyone knows the story of the classic holiday favorite IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE. It is the uplifting and bittersweet tale of George Bailey's close call with death on Christmas Eve, of how important and special he is to all those around him - and what this world would have missed had he not been born. It's a story about the people of Bedford Falls, about neighbors, friends and family, and about the difference one person makes in so many others' lives.

This fresh adaptation of Frank Capra's beloved film is set as a 1940's "live broadcast" and takes us back to the Golden Age of radio. The WVL studio's "On Air" sign lights up and the heart-warming holiday classic comes to life through the bygone radio formula of a few hardworking actors, live sound effects - and a listener's imagination. This stage version reminds audiences of everything we love about the movie. This unique approach transports us back in time and refreshes dialogue most viewers already know by heart.

60 years later, this story remains as fresh and relevant as ever. The message of hope and optimism is the perfect antidote to holiday cynicism.

This show's performances are over.

Wilson Theater at Vogel Hall

Dec 18, 2014 - Dec 21, 2014

Starting at:
Single Tickets on Sale:
Oct 12, 2014
Oct 7, 2014
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Sponsored by:
The Ambassador Hotel and Wisconsin Public Radio
Group Sales

All Tickets $33 for Groups of 10 or More

To book your group, reach out to our Group Sales Team by phone or contact form.
John Barnes: 414.273.7121 ext. 210
Keri Hough: 414.273.7121 ext. 213

It's A Wonderful Life Group Tickets


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