The schedule for the week of March 3-10 follows.
March 3: A nation at war, an older generation that seems to have lost its way, a younger generation that sees a new way – that was the setting for the original musical Hair. The "American tribal love-rock musical" ran four years on Broadway and it's now back in a major revival that originated in an outdoor production in New York's Central Park, and moves into the Al Hirschfeld Theatre March 6. Original writers James Rado and Galt MacDermot are working with director Diane Paulus on the production. Playbill Radio spoke with several of the eager young tribe members and with Rado himself at a rehearsal to find out what they're doing to to create a new Hair experience for 2009.
Each week's new "Center Stage" show debuts at 7 PM ET Tuesday, with repeats scheduled for (all times ET) 2 AM Wednesday, March 4; 11 PM Wednesday, March 4; 2 PM Thursday, March 5; 11 AM Saturday, March 7; 4 PM Sunday, March 8.
Edited versions of the "Center Stage" programs are available as podcasts.
March 5: A tour through the career of songwriter Frank Loesser, composer of Guys and Dolls, The Most Happy Fella and How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Each week's "Composer Spotlight" debuts at 7 PM (ET) Thursday, with repeats scheduled for (all times are ET) 2 AM Friday, March 6; 11 PM Friday, March 6; 10 PM Sunday, March 8; 2 PM Monday, March 9.
"Theater Talk" on Playbill Radio
March 7: Playwright Gina Gionfriddo talks about her insightful, critically acclaimed new work, Becky Shaw, a contemporary comedy of manners inspired in part by the classic novel "Vanity Fair" and its anti-heroine Becky Sharp. Followed by a conversation with music writer/historians David A. Jasen and Robert Kimball on the rise and fall of Tin Pan Alley, the center of the popular music business at the beginning of the 20th century.
Each week's "Theater Talk" show debuts at 7 PM (ET) Saturday, with repeats scheduled for (all times are ET) 11 PM Monday, March 9; 2 PM Tuesday, March 10.
This weekend's programming features Judy Kuhn at 11 AM Saturday, Feb. 28 and 4 PM Sunday, March 1; a salute to Leonard Bernstein at 8 PM Sunday, March 1 and 2 PM Monday, March 2; and "Theater Talk" at 7 PM Saturday, Feb. 28, 11 PM Monday, March 2 and 2 PM Tuesday, March 3.