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Past "Radio Playbill" Shows
July 5, 2004 - Show 120
A revival of Fiddler on the Roof with an Italian playing Tevye. Sounds
crazy, no? But the show and its star were nominated for Tony Awards, and the
polished new cast album is here in my hand. A who better to introduce it and
discuss its nuances than the man who wrote its lyrics Sheldon Harnick.
Right? Of course, right. During the 1960s he and partner Jerry Bock wrote
hit after hit: Fiorello, Fiddler, The Apple Tree, The Rothschilds, but after
1970 they split up. Thirty-three years later they collaborated on a new song
for this production of Fiddler, and Ill be asking them a question everyone
wants to know what happened? LISTEN TO PART 1: Sheldon Harnick talks about the cast recording of the 2004 Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof, the new orchestrations for the show, and the casting of the revival. LISTEN TO PART 2: Sheldon Harnick talks about the genesis of Fiddler on the Roof's opening number, the writing of the new song for the revival, the rift between he and Jerry Bock after The Rothschilds, and the project he is currently working on.
June 28, 2004 - Repeat of Show 100
June 21, 2004 - Show 118
I took a look at some of the new songwriting teams who may be contending for
Tony Awards over the next ten years. The team with perhaps the brightest
promise is Zina Goldrich and Marcy Heisler. Ive got them here to tell you a
little about themselves, and to play some of their really funny songs.
June 14, 2004 - Show 117
Her career has taken her from her native Tasmania to London and now every
night, Essie Davis ascends to the moon on the set of Broadways most
fascinating comedy/murder mystery, Jumpers, by Tom Stoppard. And shes here
with me today to tell you about her journey. CD of the Week is singer Janis
Siegels Sketches of Broadway.
June 7, 2004 - Show 116
The Tony Awards are now over, and Broadway is starting a new season of
plays, musicals and revivals. Ill fill you in on the top shows currently in
the pipeline for the coming year, and play you music from my CD of the Week,
the original cast album of one of the most interesting musicals of the past
year, Caroline, Or Change.
May 31, 2004 - Show 115
Im thrilled to play for you a very lively debate among three of our top
playwrights: Terrence McNally, Neil LaBute, and one of this years Tony
nominees, Tony Kushner, who dont exactly see eye-to-eye on a whole range of
issues. Also, throughout the show, well be listening to music from the new
soundtrack to HBOs TV movie of Kushners Angels in America.
May 24, 2004 - Show 114
The 2004 Tony Awards will be given Sunday night June 6, and, as usual, there
are some very tight races. Fortunes and careers may rest on the outcome. At
such a serious moment, "Radio Playbill" is stepping in to lighten things up
a bit. Here to help me handicap the big race is Gerard Alessandrini, the man
who writes the hilarious song parodies featured in the revue Forbidden
Broadway, now in its 24th year.
May 17, 2004 - Show 113
At this time of year when theatre folk are focused on the Tonys, and the Obies and the Critics Circle Awards, I'd like to take a moment to focus on an award that's less known, but which may offer a glimpse at the future of those better-known awards. I have with me here today Andrew Gerle and Maryrose Wood, winners of the 2004 Rodgers Award for their musical-in progress, The Tutor. I'll play songs from that, and from my CD of the Week Peter Howard's Broadway. But first, headlines from Playbill On-Line, the internet news service of Broadway.
May 10, 2004 - Show 112
That gunshot should give you a clue to the subject of today's show: the Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim's controversial musical, Assassins. Yes, it's a musical about the crazies, and perhaps not so-crazies, who tried to kill U.S. presidents. Leading man Marc Kudisch is here to tell us about how well such a black subject sings. I'll play songs from Assassins, and from my Recording of the Week, Deborah Cox's pop remix of a song from Broadway's Aida.