Joanna Gleason and Thomas Schumacher Plus Lloyd Webber Salute Featured on Playbill Radio

News   Joanna Gleason and Thomas Schumacher Plus Lloyd Webber Salute Featured on Playbill Radio In addition to round-the-clock show tunes and Broadway news at the top of each hour, Playbill Radio offers the following special programming.
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The schedule for the week of March 4–10 follows.

Center Stage
March 4: By the time Joanna Gleason won a Tony Award for originating the role of The Baker's Wife in Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's musical Into the Woods, she had already made a splash as Monica in Cy Coleman's I Love My Wife, and would go on to star in productions of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Normal Heart and The Real Thing, among others. She's currently starring Off-Broadway at Primary Stages in the drama Something You Did, by Willy Holtzman. She plays a sixties radical who has been freed after many years in prison for participating in a bombing of Grand Central Station. She has to confront her family, her victims and her younger self in the post-9/11 age.

Each week's new "Center Stage" show debuts at 7 PM ET Tuesday, with repeats scheduled for (all times ET) 2 AM Wednesday, March 5; 11 PM Wednesday, March 5; 2 PM Thursday, March 6; 11 AM Saturday, March 8; and 4 PM Sunday, March 9.

Edited versions of the "Center Stage" programs are available as podcasts.

Playbill Presents
March 5: Thomas Schumacher, president of Disney Theatrical Productions, appeared recently at a New York Times "TimesTalk" event to tell how Disney prepares its shows for Broadway. As audio-visual aids, he brought along the cast of Disney's latest, The Little Mermaid. Each week's "Playbill Presents" show debuts at 7 PM (ET) Wednesday, with repeats scheduled for (all times ET) 2 AM Thursday, March 6; 11 PM Thursday, March 6; 2 PM Friday, March 7; 4 PM Saturday, March 8; and 11 AM Sunday, March 9.

Edited versions of the "Playbill Presents" programs are available as podcasts.

Composer Spotlight
March 6: One of the most successful theatre composers of the late 20th 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" show debuts at 7 PM (ET) Thursday, with repeats scheduled for (all times ET) 2 AM Friday, March 7; 11 PM Friday, March 7; 8 PM Sunday, March 9; and 2 PM Monday, March 10.