Baz Luhrman has given Broadway a wildly theatrical version of the opera La Boheme, and, as a guest on "Radio Playbill" the week of Dec. 9, he tells what made him think Broadway would embrace it. He also outlines plans for his upcoming stage projects, including a adaptation of his Oscar-nominated film musical, Moulin Rouge.
"Radio Playbill" also plays selections from Album of the Week "Heart and Soul on Broadway," a CD of showtunes sung by some of the top African-American talents working on the professional stage today. Then, test your knowledge in the weekly Playbill Quiz.
"Radio Playbill," a weekly news and entertainment magazine show of theatrical interviews, features and music, is broadcast 12 times weekly on Sirius Satellite Radio's A&E Channel, 154.
The 30-minute weekly show debuts each Monday, with rebroadcasts throughout the following week. Here is the schedule (all times are Eastern): Monday 5 AM; Tuesday midnight, 11 AM, 6 PM; Thursday 1 AM, 6 AM, 1 PM and 11 PM; Saturday 5 AM, 11 AM, 5 PM and 11 PM.
All the excitement and glamour of the American theatre scene comes across in "Radio Playbill," the first radio project from the creators of Broadway's distinctive programs, and Playbill On-Line, the home of theatre on the internet. The program reflects Playbill's unique access and knowledge of the world of Broadway, broadcasting from Sirius' midtown Manhattan studios overlooking Times Square. Previous guests on "Radio Playbill" have included Jerry Herman, Barbara Cook, Michael Crawford, Lea Salonga, Cy Coleman, Stephen Flaherty, Michael John LaChiusa, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sherie Rene Scott, Charles Strouse, Christine Andreas, Marc Kudisch, Gerard Alessandrini and many more.
And don't miss Playbill's theatre news headlines, being broadcast throughout the day, seven days a week on Sirius Satellite Radio's "Broadway's Best," Channel 67. This link now takes you directly to the page that lets you listen to the music channel and the news. Click the "listen now" icon.
Host for both the news and the magazine show is Robert Viagas, founding editor of Playbill On-Line and Theatre.com, author of several books on theatre, including "On the Line: The Creation of A Chorus Line" and "The Amazing Story of The Fantasticks," and editor of Louis Botto’s updated book, "At This Theatre."
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