Beane will chat about his latest Broadway project, the new musical Xanadu based on the flop 1980 film. Beane penned the book for the musical, which is currently playing the Helen Hayes Theatre.
The half-hour broadcast will also feature a discussion about the June 12 Tony Awards telecast. Jesse Green (New York Times), Michael Musto (The Voice) and Patrick Pacheco (NY1) will be on hand to discuss their thoughts about the telecast and how they think the Tony Awards could be improved.
Playwright Douglas Carter Beane is currently represented on Broadway with Xanadu. Last season, his Broadway entry was the Tony-nominated Best Play The Little Dog Laughed. His other plays include The Country Club, Advice From a Caterpillar, White Lies and Devil May Care as well as the screenplay for "To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar." A founding member and artistic director of the Drama Dept., he wrote the book for the Off-Broadway musical The Big Time., and he also penned the live soap opera The Cartells.
This episode — hosted by New York Post theatre columnist Michael Riedel and producer Susan Haskins — will premiere June 15 at 12:30 AM ET on WNET/Thirteen with a repeat broadcast scheduled for June 18 at 5 AM. CUNY-TV will also air the program June 23 at 8:30 PM, June 24 at 12:30 PM and June 25 at 7:30 AM, 1:30 PM and 7:30 PM.
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