A Trip Back to the 1960’s

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A Trip Back to the 1960's

The 1960’s were a fabulous decade, filled with radical change, shifting consciousness, social awakening, sexual freedom, and oh yes, amazing music.  You can take a trip back to that era with the new scripted episodic series, Joyland, now available to view on YouTube.

This series was developed by novelist and playwright Gary Morgenstein, network executive Russell Friedman and director DeMone Seraphin.

Joyland begins in 1964 and takes place in New York City and in the Catskills at a then popular bungalow colony. Complete with vintage photos and footage, sound effects and music, Joyland showcases the actors who have all been shot entirely on Zoom and uses the convention of a narrator to provide stage directions and define the setting.

You can view the first episode now: JOYLAND EPISODE 1

To hear my conversation with show creator and writer Gary Morgenstein, listen to Bagels and Broadway radio show this Sunday from 2-3 PM on WNYM-AM Radio. Available on podcast following the broadcast:


  • Five-time Billboard Award-winning media personality Valerie Smaldone is a theatre, food, lifestyle and entertainment enthusiast. She is a celebrity interviewer, accomplished voice-over artist and actress. Recent appearances on episodic tv include Law and Order, Criminal Intent, The Other Two (on HBO Max), Tommy, Manifest and Blue Bloods. She is an audiobook narrator and producer. A live event emcee, moderator, and "Voice of God" at events and award ceremonies, Valerie has joined The Story Plant Entertainment Company and is currently working on a film and Broadway play. Visit her website at www.valeriesmaldone.com

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