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October 18, 2012

Popular musician's play combines culture, tunes of the 1940s

It was Oct. 20, 1947 — two years after World War II ended.

Hemingway had taken back Paris. Patton died in a car accident in Germany. The occupation of Japan kept the U.S. Armed Forces busy in the Pacific Theatre.

In Manhattan, Eddie Stellerman celebrated the end of the war with the beginning of something people couldn’t wait for: Loud, sizzling, jazz and blues, sung and played from the guts up.

That is how Paul Prue wants “The Eddie Stellerman Show,’’ his new play, to debut Oct. 20 at Archie’s Little River Ale House, 27 Lafayette Square.

The show will focus on post-war New York City jazz and music, with performers dressed in period clothing playing music from that era by Benny Goodman, Glen Miller and others.

“It’s something that’s always been in the back of my mind,” Prue said. “I’ve always liked music from that era. I heard stories about what it was like in New York then, before and during the second world war. So I wanted to bring it all together as something that happened as the guys came home and the country settled down.”

Prue is best known in the Merrimack Valley for his two talents — one as a blues musician and the other his business in custom stain-glass restoration. He wrote the one-hour play.

Prue is well known in Haverhill for his musical performances. He has jammed with other musicians and singers in all corners of the city — in Bradford Common, at downtown concerts, in lounges and even at high school class reunions. His musical play will feature appearances by several other well-known Haverhill area musicians.

Diners will hear local musicians and singers — including Elle Gallo, Rick Campbell, Michael Casati, April Anamisis, Hoban Sanford, John Schiavoni and Peter Chase — all introduced by Prue, who will play Eddie Stellerman.

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