"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
Sept. 13, 2004 - Show 130
In the final weeks of this election season, award-winning director Tina
Landau is staging the Gershwin Brothers spoof of presidential elections, Of
Thee I Sing, and shes here with me today to talk about how amazingly little
has changed in the 75 years since it was written. Then, Ill play you music
from my CD of the Week, The Little Prince, the little-known final score from
the team that produced My Fair Lady and Camelot.
Sept. 6, 2004 - Show 129
After a busy summer, Broadway is starting a new season of plays, musicals
and revivals. A major political thriller, a musical by the Monty Python
troupe, revivals of classics by Stephen Sondheim, Jerry Herman and Cy
Coleman, and brand-new score by the composer of The Full Monty all this
lies ahead in the 2004-05 Broadway season, which has already seen the
openings of The Frogs and Dracula, and shifts into full gear this month.
Ive got dates, stars and songs--some of them exclusive previews--for you
Aug. 30, 2004 - Show 128
Have you ever heard of a musical called A Stoop on Orchard Street? You
havent? Well dont be surprised, the little Off-Broadway wonder recently
celebrated its first anniversary and is about to embark on a national tour
all under the radar of the major theatre press. Ive got the creator and the
original cast album with me in the studio today, and youll hear the story
of the little musical that could. especially with older Jewish audiences.
Aug. 23, 2004 - Show 127
Im highlighting two fascinating new CDs this week, one from Broadways
recent past, and one from the future. Stephen Sondheims Assassins won this
years Tony Award for Best Revival, but closed quickly. Ill play you some
cuts that may offer clues about both. Ill also play some numbers from the
import CD Jerry Springer: The Opera, which is a sold-out hit in London, and
coming to Broadway in fall 2005. Like Jerrys show, its bizarre but
Aug. 16, 2004 - Show 126
Is there life after death? And can you still fall in love? Ive got two new
shows for you today that attempt to answer those big questions -- through in
very different ways. First, A Fine and Private Place, a musical that staged
a reunion fifteen years after the fact to make an original cast album of
this cult musical. Then, a preview of songs from the new Broadway musical,
Dracula, by the composer of Jekyll & Hyde.
Aug. 9, 2004 - Show 125
Now in his late 80s, Death of a Salesman author Arthur Miller is back on
Broadway with a revival of his 1964 drama After the Fall. Co-star Jessica
Hecht is with me today to tell what its like to work with him on his very
personal story of love, infidelity and guilt. CD of the Week features
Carollee Carmello and Mario Cantone in a long-overdue recording of the
historic 1930 musical Fine and Dandy, billed as one of the first complete
Broadway scores composed by a woman
Aug. 2, 2004 - Show 124
Ive got two showbiz icons for you this week. Mickey Rooney may be 83, but
hes apparently not afraid to try something new. Hes making his
Off-Broadway debut this month in a musical autobiography appropriately
called Lets Put on a Show! Hell tell us about this latest twist in an
eight-decade career. Then well hear from another pro on CD of the Week,
Barbara Cooks Broadway.
July 25, 2004 - Repeat of Show 96
July 19, 2004 - Show 122
This week were backstage at Broadways St. James Theatre, talking to the
surprisingly informal actor Brad Oscar as he gets ready to take the stage in
the role of Max Bialystock, the role originated by Nathan Lane in The
Producers. Ill also play songs from my CD of the Week, the new Cole Porter
collection "Its De-Lovely."
July 12, 2004 - Show 121
With Contact, Crazy for You and The Producers under her belt, Susan Stroman
is back on Broadway with what may turn out to be the plum collaboration of
the year: Shes working with Stephen Sondheim and Nathan Lane on an expanded
Broadway version of the musical The Frogs. She told me what it felt like to
get calls from Sondheim in the middle of the night to play a new song, and
Ill share that interview with you. Ill also play songs from my CD of the
Week, the newly released Broadway cast album of Taboo.