She’s made just three Broadway appearances, but all in starring roles. She created Maureen in the original Rent, then took over the role of Amneris in Disney’s Aida, and how mounts a broom to defy the Wizard of Oz as Elphaba, better known as the Wicked Witch of the West, in . She talks about her career, her relationship with co-stars Kristin Chenoweth and Joel Grey, and her plans for the future.
Then, hear samples from my CD of the week, the original cast album of the Off-Broadway musical comedy Zanna Don’t!.
As of Jan. 19, 2004, "Radio Playbill" has moved to Sirius Entertainment (Stream 131).
"Radio Playbill," a weekly 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 Jan. 19 at 5 PM, Wednesday Jan. 21 at 11 PM, Friday Jan. 23 at 5 AM, Saturday Jan. 24 at 5 PM, and Sunday Jan. 25 at 9 AM. Rebroadcasts continue following the ensuing week’s shows: Monday Jan. 26 at 5:30 PM, Wednesday Jan. 28 at 11:30 PM, Friday Jan. 30 at 5:30 AM, Saturday Jan. 3 1 at 5:30 PM, and Sunday, Feb. 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 Hugh Jackman, Donna Murphy, 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, Sherie Rene Scott, Jeanine Tesori, Charles Strouse, Cherry Jones, Baz Luhrman, Seth Rudetsky, George C. Wolfe, Maury Yeston, Gerard Alessandrini and many more. The program has offered the first (and sometimes only) chance to hear songs from The Little Princess, Wicked, Caroline Or Change, The Boy From Oz, Hairspray, Avenue Q, Taboo, Wonderful Town, Urban Cowboy, The Fabulist, Marty, Dance of the Vampires and revivals of 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.
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," Stream 77. This link now takes you directly to the page that lets you listen to the music channel and the news. Click the "listen now" icon.
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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