The annual Richard Rodgers Development Award has helped new musicals as diverse as Bat Boy and The Spitfire Grill, and writers as varied as Jonathan Larson and the team of Ahrens and Flaherty. One of the 2002 winners was The Fabulist, whose composer, David Spencer, is this week’s guest on "Radio Playbill,"playings songs from his musical about Aesop and his fables, now headed for a fall workshop at York Theatre Company.
As Album of the Week, host Robert Viagas will play cuts from the recently-released cast album of the concert show The Broadway Musicals of 1940, including rarely-heard songs by Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and "Yip" Harburg.
"Radio Playbill," a weekly news and entertainment magazine show of theatrical interviews, features and music, is broadcast 12 times weekly on Sirius Satellite Radio's A&E Channel, 154. This link now takes you directly to the page that lets you listen to the show.
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 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.
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," Channel 67.
Host for both the news and 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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— Robert Viagas