For its July 19-Aug. 1 show, "Radio Playbill" goes backstage at Broadway's St. James Theatre, talking to actor Brad Oscar as he gets ready to take the stage in the role of Max Bialystock in The Producers. CD of the Week is the new Cole Porter collection It's De-Lovely, pegged to the new Porter film bio. Then, test your knowledge in the weekly Playbill Quiz.
"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 Our Time, Stream 131.
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 19 at 5 PM, Wednesday July 21 at 11 PM, Friday July 23 at 5 AM, Saturday July 24 at 5 PM, and Sunday July 25 at 9 AM. Rebroadcasts continue following the ensuing week?s shows: Monday July 26 at 5:30 PM, Wednesday July 28 at 11:30 PM, Friday July 30 at 5:30 AM, Saturday July 31 at 5:30 PM, and Sunday, Aug. 1 at 9:30 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 Susan Stroman, Hugh Jackman, Nathan Lane, Stephen Sondheim, Idina Menzel, Donna Murphy, Alec Baldwin, Anne Heche, Matthew Broderick, Tonya Pinkins, Sheldon Harnick, Boy George, Joel Grey, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Chita Rivera, Rosie O?Donnell, Michael John LaChiusa, Andrew Lippa, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Antonio Banderas, Jerry Herman, Barbara Cook, Tony Kushner, William Finn, Michael Crawford, Jason Robert Brown, Patrick Stewart, Rebecca Luker, Alan Menken, Liz Callaway, Jerry Zaks, Julia Murney, Cy Coleman, Stephen Flaherty, David Auburn, Jeanine Tesori, Charles Strouse, Cherry Jones, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Baz Luhrman, George C. Wolfe, Maury Yeston, Sherie Rene Scott, and many more. The program has offered the first (and sometimes only) chance to hear songs from Wicked, Bounce, 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 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 "On the Line: The Creation of A Chorus Line" and "The Amazing Story of The Fantasticks," and editor of Louis Botto?s updated book, "At This Theatre."
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