The Dec. 19 broadcast of the half-hour program will welcome Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein, who recently returned to the Tony-winning musical Hairspray at the Neil Simon Theatre. Fierstein is currently reprising his Tony-winning role as Edna Turnblad through the show's final performance on Jan. 4, 2009.
Following its Dec. 19 debut (at 1:30 AM) on WNET/Thirteen, this episode of "Theater Talk" will be seen on CUNY TV Channel 75 on Dec. 20 at 8: 30 PM, Dec. 21 at 12:30 PM and Dec. 22 at 7:30 AM, 1:30 PM and 7:30 PM.
The Dec. 26 broadcast of "Theater Talk" (1 AM on WNET/Thirteen) will pay tribute to Horton Foote's Dividing the Estate, which is currently playing a limited engagement at the Booth Theatre. Playwright Foote and co-stars Elizabeth Ashley and Hallie Foote will discuss the Southern family drama. The program will also feature the Broadway Inspirational Voices — under the direction of Michael McElroy — who will perform "Joy to the World."
CUNY TV will also air this episode of "Theater Talk" Dec. 27 at 8:30 PM, Dec. 28 at 12:30 PM and Dec. 29 at 7:30 AM, 1:30 PM and 7:30 PM.
"Theater Talk" is hosted by New York Post theatre columnist Michael Riedel and producer Susan Haskins. For more information visit www.theatertalk.org. *
Playbill Radio broadcasts an audio version of "Theater Talk" every Saturday at 7 PM, Monday at 11 PM and Tuesday at 2 PM.