The schedule for the week of Feb. 19-25 follows.
Feb. 19: In 1923 playwright Elmer Rice wrote The Adding Machine, a drama about a man who, after 25 years at a job, is replaced by a machine, and then kills his boss. So far, so socially conscious. But the play took the unusual step of showing what happens after his death, as he works out the issues of his life in the "Elysian Fields." This unusual drama, described by one critic as "American Expressionism," has now been adapted as a musical. The composer is Joshua Schmidt, a Chicago-based sound designer who has been composing scores to plays and who now makes his leap to the big time with the full score of Adding Machine, at the Minetta Lane Theatre Off-Broadway.
Each week's new "Center Stage" show debuts at 7 PM ET Tuesday, with repeats scheduled for (all times ET) 2 AM Wednesday, Feb. 20; 11 PM Wednesday, Feb. 20; 2 PM Thursday, Feb. 21; 11 AM Saturday, Feb. 23; and 4 PM Sunday, Feb. 24.
Edited versions of the "Center Stage" programs are available as podcasts.
Feb. 20: Sean Combs, Phylicia Rashad, Audra McDonald and Kenny Leon tell Playbill Radio's Robert Viagas how they brought the Lorraine Hansberry classic Raisin in the Sun from its 2005 Broadway revival to the ABC-TV special broadcast scheduled for February 25. Each week's "Playbill Presents" show debuts at 7 PM (ET) Wednesday, with repeats scheduled for (all times ET) 2 AM Thursday, Feb. 21; 11 PM Thursday, Feb. 21; 2 PM Friday, Feb. 22; 4 PM Saturday, Feb. 23; and 11 AM Sunday, Feb. 24.
Edited versions of the "Playbill Presents" programs are available as podcasts.
Feb. 21: This is the 25th in our Composer Spotlight series, but, really, it deserves to be first. Though they worked together just 18 years, from 1942 to 1959, Rodgers and Hammerstein established a gold standard for 20th-century Broadway musicals. Generally upbeat, positive and progressive in their outlook, integrated in structure and grandly melodic in the scores, they were broadly popular in the years during and after World War II. The words "Rodgers and Hammerstein" became a brand representing the best in Broadway musical entertainment.
Part 1 of Playbill Radio's Composer's Spotlight will take a closer look at their 1940s shows, from Oklahoma! to South Pacific.
Each week's "Composer Spotlight" show debuts at 7 PM (ET) Thursday, with repeats scheduled for (all times ET) 2 AM Friday, Feb. 22; 11 PM Friday, Feb. 22; 8 PM Sunday, Feb. 24; and 2 PM Monday, Feb. 25.