"Radio Playbill," the weekly radio show of Broadway on Sirius Satellite Radio, visits songwriter Cy Coleman at his Manhattan home the week of April 2.
Now in his 70s, the hitmaking composer of Sweet Charity City of Angels, Barnum and The Will Rogers Follies is just getting warmed up, telling "Radio Playbill" about the three projects he's preparing for Broadway, plus a new CD that takes him back to his roots as a jazz pianist in trendy New York Clubs. Sitting at the piano where he composed his great hits, Coleman also shares some of the tunes from his upcoming shows -- including the first public performance of a number from his upcoming Ostrovsky.
Also on this week's show: Playbill's archivist and historical Louis Botto recalls great Broadway opening night disasters, and Radio Playbill salutes the great 2001 cast albums that were nominated for the Grammy Award, but didn't win -- including favorite cuts from The Full Monty, Seussical, Mamma Mia! and Patti LuPone's Sweeney Todd.
"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.
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. The 30-minute weekly show debuts each Tuesday, with airings at 5 AM, 11 AM, 5 PM and 11 PM.
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.
Upcoming shows include interviews with Into the Woods director/librettist James Lapine, an introduction to Thoroughly Modern Millie composer Jeanine Tesori, and a survey of the career of Sweet Smell of Success songwriter Marvin Hamlisch.
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 FantasticksM."
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.
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
Sirius began a national rollout of its 100 commercial-free stations Feb. 14 with promotions in four cities, Denver, Houston, Phoenix and Jackson, Miss. More cities are being added weekly until full national coverage is achieved Aug. 1.
Sirius receivers and antenna cost approximately $249. Listeners are charged a $12.95 monthly fee, similar to cable television, and receive a wide range of targeted music and talk channels, from country to classical. Sirius has a deal to install receivers in Ford, BMW and DaimlerChrysler cars, though the receivers can be installed in any car.