The schedule for the week of Jan. 27-Feb. 3 follows.
Jan. 27: An unusual guest this week: Kent Thompson, who has built The Denver Center Theatre Company into a regional production powerhouse of new plays like The Laramie Project and new musicals like Quilters. This February, Thompson and the Denver Center Theatre Company will host its third annual national Play Summit, which will include the debuts of dramas about gay parenting and the homefront in the Iraq war, to name just two, plus a new version of the Denver-set musical The Unsinkable Molly Brown, directed by Broadway's Kathleen Marshall, and including hitherto uneard trunk songs from The Music Man composer Meredith Willson. Thompson, who cut his teeth running a full-time Shakespeare theatre in Alabama, joins host Robert Viagas in the Playbill studio.
Each week's new "Center Stage" show debuts at 7 PM ET Tuesday, with repeats scheduled for (all times ET) 2 AM Wednesday, Jan. 28; 11 PM Wednesday, Jan. 28; 2 PM Thursday, Jan. 29; 11 AM Saturday, Jan. 31; 4 PM Sunday, Feb. 1.
Edited versions of the "Center Stage" programs are available as podcasts.
Jan. 29: One of the most successful theatre composers of the late twentieth century, Andrew Lloyd Webber combined rock and classical music to produce a unique pop-opera sound that was heard in some of the biggest hit musicals of his era in London and on Broadway, including Cats, Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Broadway's long-run champ, The Phantom of the Opera. Part One of Playbill Radio's Composer Spotlight on his career takes listeners from his earliest days through the train musical Starlight Express. Each week's "Composer Spotlight" debuts at 7 PM (ET) Thursday, with repeats scheduled for: (all times are ET) 2 AM Friday, Jan. 30; 11 PM Friday, Jan. 30; 10 PM Sunday, Feb. 1; 2 PM Monday, Feb. 2.
"Theater Talk" on Playbill Radio
Jan. 31: Master actor Christopher Plummer joins us to discuss his successful and notorious acting career, which he chronicles in his memoir "In Spite of Myself." Also on board to assess Plummer's critically acclaimed autobiography is critic John Simon of Bloomberg News.
Each week's "Theater Talk" show debuts at 7 PM (ET) Saturday, with repeats scheduled for: (all times are ET) 11 PM Monday, Feb. 2; 2 PM Tuesday, Feb. 3.
This weekend's programming features Hair at 11 AM Saturday, Jan. 24 and 4 PM Sunday, Jan. 25; a Jonathan Larson tribute at 8 PM Sunday, Jan. 25 and 2 PM Monday, Jan. 26; "Theater Talk" at 7 PM Saturday, Jan. 24, 11 PM Monday, Jan. 26 and 2 PM Tuesday, Jan. 27; and "Stephen Sondheim: The Story So Far" at 7 PM Sunday, Jan. 25.