"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
Nov. 15, 2004 - Show 139
An American songwriting team has been brushing up one of Shakespeares most
romantic comedies, The Merry Wives of Windsor, moving Falstaff and company
to the late great state of Texas in an adaptation they call Lone Star Love.
"Radio Playbill" goes inside their rehearsal hall to talk to the stars and
creators, and Ill play you some of the score, right here. My CD of the Week
is the American broadcast premiere of songs from Andrew Lloyd Webbers new
musical, The Woman in White, with Michael Crawford.
Nov. 8, 2004 - Show 138
My special guests this week are the stars and creators of the big Broadway
revival of Night Mother: "The Sopranos" star Edie Falco, plus co-star Brenda
Blethyn, director Michael Mayer and Pulitzer-winning playwright Marsha
Norman. Im going to ask them how they approach whats still one of the
touchiest subjects out there, even in an age when very few taboos are left.
My CD of the Week is a great solo album of theatre music by Broadway actress
Jessica Molaskey. Its titled "Make Believe."
Nov. 1, 2004 - Show 137
My special guest is Cathy Rigby, who has launched her fourth and final North
American tour of the musical Peter Pan, which is scheduled to arrive on
Broadway in fall 2005. Shell tell us what its like to fly out over the
audience each night, special advice she got from lyricists Betty Comden and
Adolph Green and the former Olympic gymnast will weigh in on this years
Olympic controversies. CD of the week will be her cast album of the show.
Oct. 26, 2004 - Show 136
My guests this week are the authors and stars of the longest-running comedy
in Los Angeles, history, Jewtopia, which now has set its yarmulke for
Off-Broadway. My CD of the week is a revival cast recording of Ahrens and
Fahertys first hit musical, Lucky Stiff, with Malcolm Gets.
Oct. 18, 2004 - Show 135
My special guest today is one of the foremost theatre historians of our
time, Ethan Mordden, who completes his seven-volume hundred-year history of
Broadway musicals this month with the strangely titled, "The Happiest Corpse
Ive Ever Seen." Hell sound off fearlessly, as he always does, about what
he loves and hates about new musicals, revivals, the Tony Awards and the
press, and will play songs from his favorite modern musical its a
Oct. 11, 2004 - Show 134
My special guest this week is Michael Kantor, who has spent much of the last
decade on an epic project, the six-part TV miniseries, "Broadway: The
American Musical," debuting October 19-21 on PBS. Hes unearthed some
amazing footage and recordings, which hes preview right here for you on
Oct. 3, 2004 - Show 133
John Barrowman is Londons favorite American matinee idol. The buff, boyish
star has glittered in West End productions of Sunset Boulevard, Beauty and
The Beast and Phantom of the Opera, and hes here with me today to play some
songs from his new solo album, "John Barrowman Swings Cole Porter." My CD of
the Week is the cast album of an Off-Broadway musical thriller, appropriately
titled, Thrill Me.
Sept. 27, 2004 - Show 132
Im devoting this weeks show to one of Broadways loveliest leading
ladies, Melissa Errico, of Dracula: The Musical. As with many of her shows,
like High Society and Amour, the show got panned, but her reviews were
glowing. Shell tell us what it was like backstage at Frank Wildhorns
gothic musical, and play songs from her personal demo of the show. Shell
also introduce my CD of the Week, the cast album of this years Off-Broadway
revival of Finians Rainbow, in which she earned raves as Sharon.
Sept. 20, 2004 - Show 131
When Barri McPherson ran into street musician Marc Schoenfeld on a corner in
Brooklyn, they couldnt have known that their chance meeting would lead to
the creation of a Broadway musical, appropriately titled Brooklyn,
previewing this month. Theyre here with me today to tell you their
fascinating story and to play you music from their first Broadway score. LISTEN TO PART 1: Barri McPherson talks about the song "Once Upon a Time" and her history with Marc Schoenfeld. Marc Schoenfeld talks about how Brooklyn evolved out of an eight minute song.
LISTEN TO PART 2: Barri McPherson and Marc Schoenfeld talk about the song "The Heart Behind These Hands," and Jeff Calhoun's influence on Brooklyn. Marc Schoenfeld talks about talks about the appeal of the Broadway musical.