Next to Normal, Mel Brooks and Rodgers & Hammerstein Featured on Playbill Radio

News   Next to Normal, Mel Brooks and Rodgers & Hammerstein 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.
Alice Ripley and Brian d'Arcy James.
Alice Ripley and Brian d'Arcy James. Photo by Anita Shevett

The schedule for the week of Feb. 26-March 3 follows.

Center Stage
Feb. 26: Alice Ripley, a Tony nominee for Side Show, stars as a woman struggling with an emotional trauma – and with the treatment for it – in the new Off-Broadway musical Next to Normal, written by Tom Kitt of Broadway's High Fidelity. Both of them joined host Robert Viagas to discuss the issues raised in their show, and to play some of the music.

Each week's new "Center Stage" show debuts at 7 PM ET Tuesday, with repeats scheduled for (all times ET) 2 AM Wednesday, Feb. 27; 11 PM Wednesday, Feb. 27; 2 PM Thursday, Feb. 28; 11 AM Saturday, March 1; and 4 PM Sunday, March 2.

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

Playbill Presents
Feb. 27: Young Frankenstein composer/lyricist/co-librettist Mel Brooks appears with Susan Stroman, Roger Bart and Megan Mullaley at a New York Times "Times Talks" forum to tell how they transmuted his film comedy to the Broadway stage, but Brooks uses the occasion to rip critics who had less than positive things to say about him and the show.

Each week's "Playbill Presents" show debuts at 7 PM (ET) Wednesday, with repeats scheduled for (all times ET) 2 AM Thursday, Feb. 28; 11 PM Thursday, Feb. 28; 2 PM Friday, Feb. 29; 4 PM Saturday, March 1; and 11 AM Sunday, March 2.

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

Composer Spotlight
Feb. 28: Part two of our Composer Spotlight on the songwriting team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, taking them from The King and I and Me and Juliet, to Flower Drum Song and The Sound of Music.

Each week's "Composer Spotlight" show debuts at 7 PM (ET) Thursday, with repeats scheduled for (all times ET) 2 AM Friday, Feb. 29; 11 PM Friday, Feb. 29; 8 PM Sunday, March 2; and 2 PM Monday, March 3.

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