Several of this year's Tony-nominated musicals came from first-time writers. But even when they win the Tony, not all composers can or do ever return to Broadway with another hit. So the July 2-7 edition of "Radio Playbill" takes a look back at Broadway's fabulous one-hit wonders, including the 1986 Best Musical, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, 1974's The Wiz and 1996'sRent.
Also this week, "Radio Playbill" quizzes Stephen Suskin, Playbill On-Line columnist and author of the tartly-written new "Broadway Yearbook," which analyzes the triumphs and tragedies of a season's worth of Broadway shows. On our CD of the Week feature, we'll play songs from the concept album for Miss Spectacular, the latest work from Jerry Herman, composer of Hello, Dolly! and La Cage aux Folles. Plus, Playbill historian Louis Botto takes with a look back at some of Broadway's most memorable curtain calls.
"Radio Playbill," a weekly news and entertainment magazine show of theatrical interviews, features and music, is broadcast 12 times weekly on Sirius' A&E Channel, 154.
The 30-minute weekly show debuts each Tuesday, with airings at 5 AM, 11 AM, 5 PM and 11 PM (ET).
Rebroadcasts of the show will occur each Thursday at 1 AM, 7 AM, 1 PM and 10 PM and Saturday at 5 AM, 11 AM, 5 PM and 11 PM (ET). All the excitement and glamour of the American theatre scene comes across in this, 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.
Upcoming shows include samples from the new cast albums of Bombay Dreams and a comprehensive preview of songs from the upcoming new Broadway season.
And don't miss Playbill's theatre news headlines, being broadcast throughout the day, seven days a week on Sirius Radio's "Broadway's Best," channel 67.
Host for both the news and the magazine show is Robert Viagas, founding editor of Playbill On-Line and Theatre.com, and author of several books on theatre, including "On the Line: The Creation of A Chorus Line" and "The Amazing Story of The Fantasticks."
The signal can be heard coast to coast on the Sirius system, currently available mainly in automobiles, and streamed through the company's website at www.siriusradio.com
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