"Radio Playbill," a news and entertainment magazine show of theatrical interviews, features and music, is broadcast multiple times each week on Sirius Satellite Radio's Play by Play, Sirius 125.
A new 30-minute show debuts each Wednesday, with rebroadcasts throughout the following two weeks. Here is the schedule (all times are Eastern): New show Wednesday, Aug. 31 and Friday Sept. 2, both at 8 AM. Rebroadcasts continue following the ensuing week's new show: Wednesday Sept. 7 and Friday Sept. 9, both at 8:30 AM.
All the excitement and glamour of the American theatre scene comes across in "Radio Playbill," 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.
Previous guests on "Radio Playbill" have included John Lithgow, Christina Applegate, Brad Oscar, Sherie Rene Scott, Alan Alda, Jackie Mason, Delta Burke, Susan Stroman, Edie Falco, Sutton Foster, Nathan Lane, Idina Menzel, Whoopi Goldberg, Leslie Uggams, William Finn, Alec Baldwin, Melissa Errico, Matthew Broderick, Sheldon Harnick, Joel Grey, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Donna Murphy, Hugh Jackman, Stephen Sondheim, Chita Rivera, Marsha Mason, Rosie O'Donnell, Michael John LaChiusa, Andrew Lippa, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Antonio Banderas, Jerry Herman, Barbara Cook, Tony Kushner, Michael Crawford, Jason Robert Brown, Patrick Stewart, Rebecca Luker, Alan Menken, Liz Callaway, Jerry Zaks, Julia Murney, Cy Coleman, Stephen Flaherty, Lynn Ahrens, Mickey Rooney, John Barrowman, Cathy Rigby, Boy George, Jeanine Tesori, Charles Strouse, Cherry Jones, Bjorn Ulvaeus, George C. Wolfe, Maury Yeston and many more.
The program has offered the first (and sometimes only) chance to hear songs from Spamalot, In My Life, Dessa Rose, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, All Shook Up, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Little Women, Wicked, Bounce, Dracula, Brooklyn, The Frogs, Jerry Springer: The Opera, Avenue Q, Caroline Or Change, Bombay Dreams, The Little Princess, The Boy From Oz, Hairspray, Taboo, Urban Cowboy, The Fabulist, Marty, Dance of the Vampires and revivals of Assassins, Wonderful Town, Fiddler on the Roof, Little Shop of Horrors, Nine and Man of La Mancha, among many more shows. You can now listen to some of the best of these with RealPlayer in the "Radio Playbill" archives on Playbill On-Line.
Host for the magazine show is Robert Viagas, founding editor of Playbill On-Line and Theatre.com, author of several books on theatre, including "The Back Stage Guide to Broadway," "On the Line: The Creation of A Chorus Line" and "The Amazing Story of The Fantasticks," and editor of "The Playbill Broadway Yearbook" and Louis Botto's updated book, "At This Theatre."
Elsewhere on Sirius This Month
BROADWAYS BEST - SIRIUS 77
BRAD OSCAR Wednesday 8/31: His appearance in Jekyll & Hyde prepared this versatile performer to make the leap from Franz Liebkind to Max Bialystock in the record-breaking smash The Producers. Now, Brad is Lost on Broadway with Jason Drew at 1pm ET. Rebroadcast: Saturday, September 3rd at 10pm ET.
HARVEY FIERSTEIN Friday 9/2: Whether as a writer or a performer, in a play or a musical, from La Cage aux Folles to Hairspray to Fiddler on the Roof, four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein is a singular talent, so this will be a truly one-of-a-kind edition of Seth Rudetsky's Studio A Cabaret at 9pm ET & PT. Rebroadcast: Sunday, September 4th @ 10pm ET.
MERYL STREEP, JOHN GOODMAN Friday 9/2: Award-winning filmmakers Joel Coen, Ethan Coen and Charlie Kaufman bring their quirky drama and savage wit to two original sound plays: Sawbones and Hope Leaves the Theatre. Hear the plays come to life before your ears with actors that include Meryl Streep, Steve Buscemi, Hope Davis, John Goodman and Philip Seymour Hoffman. The dramas are set to the music of Carter Burwell. Theatre of the New Ear airs at 6pm ET. Rebroadcasts: Saturday, Sept 3 at 3pm & 8pm; Sunday Sept 4 at 3pm & 8pm; Monday, Sept 5 at 6pm ET.
LYRICS OF OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II Sunday 9/4: Rodgers Rules: The Music Of Richard Rodgers ´´ Sundays 10am-4pm ET, class is in session as Doctor Michael Bourne takes you on a six-hour crash course on the music, life and times of Richard Rodgers. He knows everything, and now, so can you!
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Dueling Divas ´´ Saturdays 10am´´4pm ET, Christine Pedi and Seth Rudetsky team up for six hours of Broadway chatter, unvarnished opinion, celebrity guests and your phone calls @ 1-877-33-SIRIUS.
Saturday Sondheim ´´ Saturdays 4-6pm ET, a master class in the work of Broadway?s greatest living composer; Stephen Sondheim, and postgraduate study of the best of Broadway hosted by Doctor Michael Bourne.
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