"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.
Robert Viagas hosts the show, aided by engineers Todd Stack and Ray Romano, and announcer Simona Berman.
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Past "Radio Playbill" Shows
May 21 - Show 9 You're listening to "Old Revivals," a parody of "Oklahoma!" that gets some of the biggest applause in the long running parody revue Forbidden Broadway. We have master parodist Gerald Alessandrini with us today to tell about the songs that got him a little bit in trouble, and which shows he's just praying will win the Tony Awards June 2. We're also very pleased to have with us distinguished author Sheridan Morley to talk about his new biography of John Gielgud. Plus, you'll hear some of the best songs from the just-released cast album of Broadway's Sweet smell of success. LISTEN: Gerard Alessandrini talks about Forbidden Broadway
May 14 - Show 8 Over the years, showtunes have revealed a love/hate relationship with the Big Apple. We'll play some classics and some rarities. We're also very pleased to have with us the 2002 Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks, who will tell us about the genesis of her Topdog/Underdog which is also a leading contender for the Tony Awards. All that plus, a sample of our Album of the Week, "Elaine Stritch at Liberty."
May 7 - Show 7 You're listening to "Moving Too Fast" from the just-released cast album of The Last Five Years, which we'll preview as Album of the Week. But we're not just musicals. With the Tony Awards coming up, we'll take a closer look at this year's crop of dramas and comedies to discover what's on the minds of America's playwrights this year. Also, we'll talk to the two crazy guys who wrote Urinetown, which is vacuuming up nominations for all the major awards on Broadway and Off this spring. Plus, Louis Botto will tell you how some of the most famous Broadway theatres got their names.
April 30 - Show 6 You're hearing the title song from Mamma Mia!, one the Broadway musicals likely to earn its share of Tony Award nominations May 6. What other names will be on the list? We'll peek into our crystal ball for a preview. Also this week: author Robert Emmet Long gives us a taste of his new book about the rise of Broadway's great choreographer-directors. Plus, a sample from the long
awaited CD release of Juno.
April 23 - Show 5 "Once Upon a Time" indeed. You're listening to "The Prologue" from Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods, now in previews for a major Broadway revival. We asked the show's director/librettist James Lapine with us to outline his new concept for the show. Also this week: a look back at the career of Sweet Smell of Success composer Marvin Hamlisch and a preview of Susan Egan's new solo CD.
April 16 - Show 4 You're listening to "The Lights of Broadway" from The Wild Party, one of the most prominent of the category known as postmodern musicals. Critics love 'em, but will they ever manage to produce a bona fide hit? Also this week: A little primer on Jeanine Tesori, a hot property who's about to hit the big time as composer of Broadway's Thoroughly Modern Millie, plus a preview of Bernadette Peters' new album, a brief history of nudity on Broadway.
April 9 - Show 3 You're listening to the Overture from Urinetown, just the latest of a strange new breed of musical comedies we call Gonzo musicals. Also this week: Come along with Radio Playbill and Vernel BONNA-REES, star of Broadway's One Mo' Time as we recreate a day in the life of black vaudeville, plus hear Linda Eder preview a song from the latest Frank Wildhorn musical.
April 2 - Show 2 You're listening to "Hey Big Spender," classic showtune from Cy Coleman's Sweet Charity. Coleman is now in his 70s, but the hitmaking composer of City of Angels, Barnum and the Will Rogers Follies is just getting warmed up, with three projects preparing for Broadway, plus a new CD that takes him back to his roots as a jazz pianist in trendy New York Clubs. Come along with Radio Playbill as we visit Coleman at home, where he shared some of the tunes from his upcoming shows.
March 26 - Show 1 You're listening to Lea DeLaria, howling her way through "Hot Patootie" from the 2000 Broadway revival of The Rocky Horror Show. Broadway took its time embracing rock music, but then went on to develop its own unique rock sound. Today we're going to hear some of the Broadway's own Top 40 rock tunes, and talk to the man who's had the most success with rock on the stage, Andrew Lloyd Webber. Radio Playbill will be back to interview the multimillionaire British lord who's king of the pop musicals. CD of the week: Karen Mason's "When the Sun Comes Out."