Mermaid, Gleason, Weidman, Laurents and a Berlin Tribute on Playbill Radio April 20-28

News   Mermaid, Gleason, Weidman, Laurents and a Berlin Tribute on Playbill Radio April 20-28
In addition to round-the-clock show tunes, Playbill Radio offers the following special programming.
Joanna Gleason in rehearsal for Happiness
Joanna Gleason in rehearsal for Happiness Photo by Paul Kolnik

The schedule for the week of April 20-28 follows.

The Magic of Disney on Broadway
April 20: Meet Michael Lassell, the author of the definitive collector's books for each of the Disney shows. He tells us what it was like to work at the elbows of the cast, creators and crew to capture the backstage story for the latest collector's book, "The Little Mermaid: From the Deep Blue Sea to the Great White Way."

"The Magic of Disney on Broadway" debuts at 7 PM ET Monday, April 20 with repeats scheduled for (all times ET) 3 PM Tuesday, April 21; 10 PM Friday, April 24; and 2 PM Saturday, April 25.

Center Stage
April 21: Joanna Gleason, a Tony winner for creating the role of The Baker's Wife in Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods, returned to the musical stage this spring in Happiness, a new musical from the Grey Gardens songwriting team of Michael Korie and Scott Frankel. The libretto of Happiness was written by this week's other guest, John Weidman, who wrote books to Pacific Overtures, Assassins and Road Show, plus the Tony-winning musical, Contact. Gleason and Weidman join host Robert Viagas to talk about the creation of the original musical about a group of New York City subway riders who remember the happiest moment of their lives.

Each week's new "Center Stage" show debuts at 7 PM ET Tuesday, with repeats scheduled for (all times ET) 2 AM Wednesday, April 22; 11 PM Wednesday, April 22; 2 PM Thursday, April 23; 11 AM Saturday, April 25; 4 PM Sunday, April 26. Edited versions of the "Center Stage" programs are available as podcasts, including:
Recording Next to Normal
Jane Fonda and Moisés Kaufman on 33 Variations
Rock of Ages

Composer Spotlight
April 23: Part Three of Playbill's salute to music master Irving Berlin, who wrote thousands of songs in his 103-year life. We'll play some of the greatest, including hits from Annie Get Your Gun, Call Me Madam and Miss Liberty.

Each week's "Composer Spotlight" debuts at 7 PM (ET) Thursday, with repeats scheduled for: (all times are ET) 2 AM Friday, April 24; 11 PM Friday, April 24; 10 PM Sunday, April 26; 2 PM Monday, April 27.

"Theater Talk" on Playbill Radio
April 25: Legendary writer/director Arthur Laurents returns to "Theater Talk" to discuss directing his current Broadway revival of the 1957 musical classic West Side Story.

Each week's "Theater Talk" show debuts at 7 PM (ET) Saturday, with repeats scheduled for: (all times are ET) 11 PM Monday, April 27; 2 PM Tuesday, April 28.

This weekend's programming features Recording Next to Normal at 11 AM Saturday, April 18 and 4 PM Sunday, April 19; part two of a tribute to Irving Berlin at 8 PM Sunday, April 19 and 2 PM Monday, April 20; and "Theater Talk" at 7 PM Saturday, April 18, 11 PM Monday, April 20 and 2 PM Tuesday, April 21.

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