To help "Radio Playbill" say farewell the week of May 13-18, Randal Keith and Jayne Paterson, the show’s latest -- and last --Jean Valjean and Fantine visit the show to tell backstage stories and tell what the show meant to fans.
For Album of the Week, opera singers Renee Fleming and Bryn Terfel turn the tables on La Boheme and interpret songs from recent Broadway musicals in their new CD, "Under the Stars.". Plus, test your knowledge in the weekly Playbill Quiz.
"Radio Playbill," a weekly news and entertainment magazine show of theatrical interviews, features and music, is broadcast multiple times each week on Sirius Satellite Radio's A&E Channel, 137.
Note: a schedule change with the week of May 12: A new 30-minute show debuts each Monday, with rebroadcasts throughout the following two weeks. Here is the schedule (all times are Eastern): New show Monday May 12 at 1 PM, Wednesday May 14 at 6 PM, Friday May 16 at 5 AM, Saturday May 17 at 7 AM, and Sunday May 18 at 4:30 PM. Rebroadcasts continue following the ensuing week’s shows: Monday May 19 at 1:30 PM, Wednesday May 21 at 6:30 PM, Friday May 22 at 5:30 AM, Saturday May 23 at 7:30 AM.
All the excitement and glamour of the American theatre scene comes across in "Radio Playbill," the first radio project from the creators of Broadway's distinctive programs, and Playbill On-Line, the home of theatre on the internet. The program reflects Playbill's unique access and knowledge of the world of Broadway, broadcasting from Sirius' midtown Manhattan studios overlooking Times Square. Previous guests on "Radio Playbill" have included Brian Stokes Mitchell, Chita Rivera, Michael John LaChiusa, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jerry Herman, Barbara Cook, Michael Crawford, Jason Robert Brown, Lea Salonga, Cy Coleman, Stephen Flaherty, Sherie Rene Scott, Jeanine Tesori, Charles Strouse, Cherry Jones, Baz Luhrman, Seth Rudetsky, Maury Yeston, Gerard Alessandrini and many more. The program has offered the first (and sometimes only) chance to hear songs from Hairspray, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Urban Cowboy, Marty, Pamela’s First Musical, Dance of the Vampires and revivals of Into the Woods and Man of La Mancha, among many more shows.
You can now listen to some of the best these with RealPlayer in the "Radio Playbill" archives on Playbill On-Line.
And don't miss Playbill's theatre news headlines, being broadcast throughout the day, seven days a week on Sirius Satellite Radio's "Broadway's Best," Channel 77. This link now takes you directly to the page that lets you listen to the music channel and the news. Click the "listen now" icon.
Host for both the news and the magazine show is Robert Viagas, founding editor of Playbill On-Line and Theatre.com, author of several books on theatre, including "On the Line: The Creation of A Chorus Line" and "The Amazing Story of The Fantasticks," and editor of Louis Botto’s updated book, "At This Theatre."
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