Rare Cast Albums and Elegies CD on "Radio Playbill," July 21-27

The Archives   Rare Cast Albums and Elegies CD on "Radio Playbill," July 21-27 You think you’ve got a big collection of cast albums? The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts has thousands, plus videotapes of virtually all Broadway shows for the last four decades, plus… well, "Radio Playbill" lets curators Kevin Winkler and and Herb Scher tell you what treasures they’ve pulled out of the archives for this summer’s exhibit, titled simply "Original Cast Albums," and play some rarely heard cuts. CD of the Week the original cast album of the new William Finn musical, Elegies. Plus, you can test your knowledge in the weekly Playbill Quiz.

"Radio Playbill," a weekly news and entertainment magazine show of theatrical interviews, features and music, is broadcast multiple times each week on Sirius Satellite Radio's A&E, Stream 137.

A new 30-minute show debuts each Monday, with rebroadcasts throughout the following two weeks. Here is the schedule (all times are Eastern): New show Monday July 21 at 1 PM, Wednesday July 23 at 6 PM, Friday July 25 at 5 AM, Saturday July 26 at 7 AM, and Sunday July 27 at 4:30 PM. Rebroadcasts continue following the ensuing week’s shows: Monday July 28 at 1:30 PM, Wednesday July 30 at 6:30 PM, Friday Aug. 1 at 5:30 AM, Saturday Aug. 2 at 7:30 AM.

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Previous guests on "Radio Playbill" have included Brian Stokes Mitchell, Chita Rivera, Michael John LaChiusa, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Antonio Banderas, Jerry Herman, Barbara Cook, Michael Crawford, Jason Robert Brown, Rebecca Luker, Liz Callaway, Lea Salonga, Cy Coleman, Stephen Flaherty, Sherie Rene Scott, Jeanine Tesori, Charles Strouse, Cherry Jones, Baz Luhrman, Seth Rudetsky, Maury Yeston, Gerard Alessandrini and many more. The program has offered the first (and sometimes only) chance to hear songs from Hairspray, Avenue X, Nine, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Urban Cowboy, Marty, Pamela’s First Musical, Dance of the Vampires and revivals of Flower Drum Song and Man of La Mancha, among many more shows.

You can now listen to some of the best these with RealPlayer in the "Radio Playbill" archives on Playbill On-Line. And don't miss Playbill's theatre news headlines, being broadcast throughout the day, seven days a week on Sirius Satellite Radio's "Broadway's Best," Stream 77. This link now takes you directly to the page that lets you listen to the music channel and the news. Click the "listen now" icon.

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