The cast features Hamilton Mitchell and Wes Martin as Ladmo and Wal-boy, Christian Miller as the wide-eyed musical prodigy Mike Condello and Bob Sorenson, who seemingly channels Pat McMahon. In a recent phone conversation, Martin recalled watching the TV show as a kid. "The thing that made them so special was that they never spoke down to the kids. They didn't condescend, and they assumed the kids watching actually had brains in their heads. A lot of their material was simply old vaudeville shtick and wasn't about a particular place or time. But they could still drop in a reference to Goldwater or McGovern or what have you and give their viewers enough credit to catch it."
When asked if being in a show about such a beloved institution opened the floodgates of stories from folks in the audience, Martin laughed. "Everyone in the cast has heard one of two stories. It's either, "I went on the show and got a Ladmo bag' or, "I went on the show and some dumb kid next to me got the Ladmo bag.'"
The Wallace and Ladmo Show runs June 1 to June 25 at Herberger Theater Center, 222 East Monroe. Tickets are $18 to $20. Call 602-254-7399.