The schedule for the week of Feb. 24-March 3 follows.
Feb. 24: Rodgers and Hammerstein had so many memorable hits that its easy to forget their handful of short runs and near-misses. One of their least-known musicals was Allegro, written in 1947 between Carousel and South Pacific. Experimental in subject and form, Allegro now has a first-class, all-star studio cast album featuring Audra McDonald, Norbert Leo Butz, Laura Benanti and this week's guest, Judy Kuhn. She and host Robert Viagas escort you through this landmark album that restores the innovative original fragmented structure of the score and the unison speaking chorus.
Each week's new "Center Stage" show debuts at 7 PM ET Tuesday, with repeats scheduled for (all times ET) 2 AM Wednesday, Feb. 25; 11 PM Wednesday, Feb. 25; 2 PM Thursday, Feb. 26; 11 AM Saturday, Feb. 28; 4 PM Sunday, March 1.
Edited versions of the "Center Stage" programs are available as podcasts.
Feb. 26: Playbill Radio takes a tour through the career of Leonard Bernstein, composer of On the Town, Wonderful Town, Candide, West Side Story and 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Each week's "Composer Spotlight" debuts at 7 PM (ET) Thursday, with repeats scheduled for: (all times are ET) 2 AM Friday, Feb. 27; 11 PM Friday, Feb. 27; 10 PM Sunday, March 1; 2 PM Monday, Mar. 2.
"Theater Talk" on Playbill Radio
Feb. 28: A tribute to the late writer/performer Betty Comden (On The Town, Bells Are Ringing, Singin' in The Rain), featuring highlights from the Broadway legend's three interviews on "Theater Talk" and commentary from Comden's friend and colleague, lyricist Susan Birekenhead. The program also includes archival clips of Comden and her longtime collaborator Adolph Green performing some of their hits, including "Just in Time" and "The Party's Over."
Each week's "Theater Talk" show debuts at 7 PM (ET) Saturday, with repeats scheduled for: (all times are ET) 11 PM Monday, March 2; 2 PM Tuesday, March 3.
This weekend's programming features Blithe Spirit at 11 AM Saturday, Feb. 21 and 4 PM Sunday, Feb. 22; part two of a salute to Rodgers & Hammerstein at 8 PM Sunday, Feb. 22 and 2 PM Monday, Feb. 23; and "Theater Talk" at 7 PM Saturday, Feb. 21, 11 PM Monday, Feb. 23 and 2 PM Tuesday, Feb. 24.