"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
July 30 - Show 19 This fall's planned opening of the musical Movin' Out on Broadway will have the effect of making showtunes of some of Billy Joel's Greatest Hits. This week, Radio Playbill will take you on a musical tour of other pop songs that became showtunes when they migrated from the radio to the stage. And our special guest this week is Tony-winner Ben Vereen, the Bob Fosse dancer who's back on Broadway in I'm Not Rappaport.
July 23 - Show 18 It's been rare to hear a showtunes in the Top 40 in recent years, but they HAVE popped up in some very unexpected places. Radio Playbill takes a look at Broadway in the Pop Charts this week. Our CD of the week is a timely release of The Boys From Syracuse, and Louis Botto is here to recall some legendary opening nights.
July 16 - Show 17 I guarantee you'll never listen to cast albums the same way again after today's tour of the music behind the music. I'm talking about the work of Broadway's unsung geniuses -- the orchestrators. Our CD of the week is Andrew Lloyd Webber's new Bombay Dreams, and we'll enjoy a visit from Playbill On-Line's Diva Talk columnist Andrew Gans, here to tell us about Patti LuPone's surprising plans for the upcoming year.
July 9 - Show 16 Two Tony nominees with three names are in the house today. Sherie Rene Scott and Norbert Leo Butz will tell why their recent project, The Last Five Years, was a special labor of love. Summer 2002 is hot in the world of theatre. An unprecedented number of big shows are trying out, opening, or touring, so we've put together for you a Summer Theatre Special -- including some of the great showtunes of summer. Plus, Louis Botto is here with the second installment of his look back at some of Broadway's most memorable curtain calls. LISTEN TO: Norbert Leo Butz and Sherie Rene Scott discuss their work on The Last Five Years
July 2 - Show 15 Several of this year's Tony-nominated musicals came from first-time writers. But even when they win the Tony, not all composers can or do ever return to Broadway with another hit. So this week, we'll take a look back at Broadway's fabulous one-hit wonders, including the 1986 Best Musical, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, which we're listening to right now. Also this week, we have in the studio author Stephen Suskin, author of the tartly-written new Broadway Yearbook, which analyzes the triumphs and tragedies of a season's worth of Broadway shows. Our CD of the week is the concept album for Miss Spectacular, the latest work from the composer of Hello, Dolly! and La Cage aux Folles. Plus, Louis Botto is here with a look back at some of Broadway's most memorable curtain calls.
June 25 - Show 14 Richard Rodgers worked with just a handful of lyricists in his long career. One of them was Martin Charnin, who is here today to help us introduce our tribute to Rodgers, who would have turned 100 this week. Also this week we offer samples from the just-released cast album of the 2002 Tony
winning Best Musical Revival, Into the Woods, and part two of Louis Botto's salute to the lost art of the stage thriller.
June 18 - Show 13 Our Sinatra, an Off-Broadway salute to Ol' Blue Eyes, recently logged its 1000th performance. The cast and co-creator of the show join us today to sing some of the songs and share their backstage stories. Also this week we offer samples from the original cast album of Thoroughly Modern Millie and we'll hear from Playbill historian Louis Botto on the lost art of the stage thriller.
June 11 - Show 12 Today's special guest is Broadway diva Barbara Cook, the original Marian the Librarian in The Music Man and many other memorable Broadway starring roles. She's here to talk about her Tony nomination last season for her solo show Mostly Sondheim, which returns to Lincoln Center this month, and to introduce some of the songs from the album of the show. Also this week we offer samples from the cast album of another Tony nominee, Harry Connick Jr's Thou Shalt Not, and hear from Louis Botto on flop shows that had some very famous titles.
June 4 - Show 11 The Tonys are over and the new Broadway season is spreading itself out before us like a banquet table. In today's show, we'll preview the busy upcoming season of comedies, dramas and musicals, and play samples from some of the most eagerly anticipated projects, including Hairspray, Amour, Man of La Mancha, Flower Drum Song and Billy Joel's Movin' Out. Plus, we'll play some of the interesting bonus tracks from Sony Classical's latest batch of re-released rarities, including a song you never heard from Cy Coleman's Barnum.
May 28 - Show 10 Time to burn a greatest-hits CD of the best songs from this year's Broadway musicals. What to put on it? Which shows already have CDs out? We've got your playlist right here. We'll wrap up with cuts from Donna McKechine's solo album including a song cut from "A Chorus Line."