The schedule for the week of May 12-19 follows.
May 12: Earlier this week the three-part Broadway comedy The Norman Conquests tied for the most Tony Award nominations of any non-musical show this season, seven, with nods for director Matthew Warchus and stars Stephen Mangan, Paul Ritter and Amanda Root. Along with Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey, who serves as co-producer of The Norman Conquests, all of them join host Robert Viagas to describe the inner workings of their play, which is performed in three parts on three different nights. Written by prolific British author Alan Ayckbourn, the play originated at the Old Vic in London, and came over with its English cast intact.
Each week's new "Center Stage" show debuts at 7 PM ET Tuesday, with repeats scheduled for (all times ET) 2 AM Wednesday, May 13; 11 PM Wednesday, May 13; 2 PM Thursday, May 14; 11 AM Saturday, May 16; 4 PM Sunday, May 17.
Edited versions of the "Center Stage" programs are available as podcasts, including:
Desire Under the Elms
"The Little Mermaid: From the Deep Blue Sea to the Great White Way"
May 14: A tour through the career of Jeanine Tesori, composer of Violet; Thoroughly Modern Millie; Twelfth Night; Caroline, Or Change and the current Tony-nominated Best Musical, Shrek the Musical. Each week's "Composer Spotlight" debuts at 7 PM (ET) Thursday, with repeats scheduled for: (all times are ET) 2 AM Friday, May 15; 11 PM Friday, May 15; 10 PM Sunday, May 17; 2 PM Monday, May 18.
"Theater Talk" on Playbill Radio
May 16: Tony nominees James Gandolfini, Marcia Gay Harden, Hope Davis and Jeff Daniels discuss their characters' lives and relationships with one another in the star-studded, Tony-nominated production of Yasmina Reza's God of Carnage.
Each week's "Theater Talk" show debuts at 7 PM (ET) Saturday, with repeats scheduled for: (all times are ET) 11 PM Monday, May 18; 2 PM Tuesday, May 19.
This weekend's programming features Desire Under the Elms at 11 AM Saturday, May 9 and 4 PM Sunday, May 10; a salute to Elton John at 8 PM Sunday, May 10 and 2 PM Monday, May 11; and "Theater Talk" at 7 PM Saturday, May 9, 11 PM Monday, May 11 and 2 PM Tuesday, May 12.