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from the screenplay by Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Frank Capra, And Jo Swerling

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George, Mary, Zuzu, and the entire town of Bedford Falls come to life in this staged 1940s radio broadcast of Frank Capra’s holiday movie classic. With live sound effects and a handful of actors, the story of beleaguered building and loan owner George Bailey and his affable helper angel, Clarence, unfolds one fateful Christmas Eve as you’ve never seen it before. This captivating, life-affirming story is “a perfect gift for the community . . . memorable theater that will melt your heart.” (PROVIDENCE JOURNAL)

Presenting Production Sponsor 

Set Design: Michael McGarty
Costume Design: Jessie Darrell Jarbadan
Lighting Design:
Noah Beauregard
Production Management: Jessica Hill Kidd
Music Direction: Emily Turtle
Stage Management: Robin Grady*

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

Familiar Classics Await Audiences at Gamm, PPAC, Trinity Rep

"Funny, exuberant, heart-warming and spirit-lifting. ...Best of all, there is enough holiday spirit packed into this 90-minute performance to carry theater goers right into the New Year."
The Independent

Gamm Theatre’s ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ is Wonderful Indeed

"A joyous experience, and a great way to kick off the holiday season."
Theater Mirror

Yes, It Is a Wonderful Life, So Head to The Gamm for a Reminder

"The Gamm's show is so fresh, new, and full of fine acting that even if you know every line by heart, or saw the 2019 version, you'll feel like this is the first time you're meeting George, ZuZu, Uncle Harry and mean old Mr. Potter."
Westerly Sun

Classic Holiday Story Now Playing at Gamm Theatre

"It could be the perfect tonic for today’s world."
What's Up Newport

BWW Review: It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play at Gamm Theatre

"There may be no better time for this big-hearted and endearingly classic performance then now. Right now."
Broadway World

Gamm's Wonderful Life Radio Play is Your New Holiday Tradition

"If you’re looking for a new tradition, or just want an evening out with the whole family, Gamm’s 'It’s a Wonderful Life' deserves to be included in your holiday merriment."

Gamm's 'Wonderful Life' is Holiday Perfect

"As a story with themes of community and resiliency, 'It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play' is just what people need this holiday season after two years of the pandemic."
East Greenwich News

Gamm Reprises 'It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play'

"First-rate in every way. ...'It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play' celebrates compassion, generosity, and imparts a valuable message."
Warwick Post


Below please find a list of potentially sensitive content in It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play. After watching the show, if there is something missing from this list, please let us know so we can add it. The following was compiled by The Gamm’s Director of Education & Drama Therapist (


This list contains spoilers.


This production makes use of a cap gun. This production contains loud noises and music, which may occur suddenly, representations of mild violence using sound effects, and discussion of suicide and death. 


If you would like a list of approximate times the content occurs in minutes and hours from the start of the show, you may request it from the box office.