Todd Cardin to Produce 1980

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Todd Cardin writes new musical.

Todd Cardin announced that he has finished his latest script, a new musical entitled 1980. His latest play will be performed in ETC's hometown of King of Prussia at a yet to be announced venue. The play will track the life of a group of friends between New Years day 1980 through the following year. The play intertwine getting through the awkward age of thirteen with news stories and curent events from the year. It will blend everything from the death of John Lennon, the Iranian hostages and the Phillies only World Series victory.

The cast will feature many familiar faces from previous Todd Cardin Productions. This play will blend comedy and tragedy with original music. Todd Cardin also announced that ETC will be very active beginning in the spring. On tap for 2007 will be first 1980, followed by a week of concerts featuring Maria D'Alleva in May, a musical comedy in Ambler this summer and a return to the Philly Fringe in the fall. Cardin has been active outside of the area but is looking to perform exclusively in the Philadelphia area in 2007. Fans should not expect Cardin to reprise his role in 1MB, his tribute to Gary Busey. The critically acclaimed New York shows will be his last. "Playing Busey was so intense, that I don't think that I could do it again, ever." Cardin said. "It was fun, but we (ETC Theater) have a lot more to do."

That includes 1980, a year that included "Who Shot JR?" is talked about heavily from the TV show Dallas. On November 21, the conclusion draws more viewers than any other show in TV history up to that point.

The hostages are freed in Iran. Everyone tied a yellow ribbon to trees outside their yards in a show of support during their ordeal. The Summer Olympics in Moscow, USSR, The US boycotts and Post-It Notes are introduced by 3-M.

The first all news service started by Turner Cable Network begins, John Lennon is assassinated by Mark David Chapman, Brook Shields whispers, and quote "You know what comes between me and my Calvins? Nothing." The ad was banned. Ronald Reagan is elected, defeating Jimmy Carter, and takes credit for freeing the Iranian hostages in his inaugural speech. Poland has massive strikes, eventually the unions become legal, censorship is lessened. About 125,000 Cubans leave Cuba for America, most are criminals hand picked by Castro's men, only a few are relatives of those in America. Mt. Saint Helens erupts, killing 60 people. CNN is launched as the first all news network ABSCAM, FBI agents pose as rich Arabs and bribed politicians with cash for favors.

Richard Pryor gets badly burned trying to freebase cocaine. Small pox is considered eradicated by the World Health Organization. Sadam Hussein launches war against Iran for close to a decade over oil rights. Japan passes the US as the largest automaker Bill Gates licenses MS-DOS to IBM, makes next to nothing on the deal. The pair buys the rights to a simple operating system manufactured by Seattle Computer Products and use it as a template. The money is made later from licensing it to third party clone makers.

With all of these subjects to cover 1980 should be a very interesting play. Todd Cardin feels it will be his best work to date.


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