Live from the rooftop cafe of B. Smith's Restaurant in Manhattan's theatre district will come the sounds of Broadway! On Nov. 3, WQEW-AM (1560 A.M.) will fill its weekly "WQEW On Broadway" program with live performances from four current Broadway shows: Sunset Boulevard, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Chicago and The King And I. Also will represented will be Off-Broadway's The Cocoanuts. (Radio Gals was supposed to be included, but that appearance was cancelled because the show is closing that afternoon.)
The broadcast's personae: Alice Ripley, who plays Betty Schaefer in Sunset Boulevard; Joohee Choi and Jose Llana, the young lovers of King And I; Jim Stanek and Jessica Boevers, Forum's young couple, and James Naughton with members of the Chicago ensemble.
Songs on the Broadway broadcast include "Lovely" from Forum, "Tango Melody" (for Frank Ferrante and Celia Tackaberry of Cocoanuts), "I Have Dreamed" and "We Kiss In A Shadow" (from King) and "All I Care About" (from Chicago). Adding to the festivities will be a Cy Coleman-Randy Graff duet, and Margaret Whiting singing a number from Dream -- The Music Of Johnny Mercer, scheduled for a March Broadway opening.
According to program director Stan Martin, "WQEW On Broadway" has been on the radio in one form or another for four years, starting at sister station WQXR and then moving to WQEW. "It's usually not live, but once a year we do a live show from B. Smith's," Martin noted.
The show, which runs 7-8pm, is hosted by Bob Jones. (To celebrate the opening of the revival of Chicago on Broadway, the following week Jones will play the original 1975 cast recording of that musical.)