Ray Bradbury has dramatized his literary classic, Something Wicked This Way Comes, into this first-class audio drama, produced by The Colonial Radio Theatre on the Air, complete with a full cast, sound effects, and original music.
Cooger and Dark's Pandemonium Shadow Show comes to Greentown, Illinois, one week before Halloween. Two boys, Jim Nightshade and Will Halloway, soon discover the evil of this carnival, which promises to make your every wish and dream come true. But with those wishes and dreams comes a price that must be paid. Behind the mirrors and the mazes is the nightmare of a lifetime.
Instrumental soloist: Jeffrey Gage
Producers: Mark Vander Berg, Jerry Robbins, Chris Snyder
Director: Nancy Curran Willis
Produced by The Colonial Radio Theatre on the Air
Full cast of narrators includes Marcia Friedman, Lincoln Clark, Diane Lind, Shonna McEachern, Joseph Zamparelli, Alyssa Mello, Tom Berry, and Rik Pierce.
©1962 Ray Bradbury (P)2007 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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This is classic tale performed in a classic style . Bradbury's somewhat heavy-laden horror tale is cut down to size and brought to life with no attempt to make it contemporary. This audio play has kept faith with the original book released some 55 years ago. As such it's a reasonably accessible way either to re-visit the story or even hear it for the first time. As a novel Something Wicked This Way Comes was fairly light on dialogue and heavy on quite heavy prose. As such its translation to an audio play means that it did seem to jump around a little and anyone new to the story might find it a little harder to follow.
Given the classical form I think that the cast do an excellent job with it. To my ears the sound was beautifully mastered because there are multiple voices, lots of music and a plethora of sound effects including some nice bass-laden thunder. With all that going on it would have been easy for the voices to get lost a little but they remained crystal clear throughout.
Overall I'd say it was a pretty decent short listen and it makes a really good fist at providing an accessible way to enjoy this classic horror story.
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