"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
March 3, 2003 - Show 50
The Broadway revival of Cabaret is just part of the legacy of Sam Mendes and London's innovative Donmar Warehouse Theatre. Author Matt Wolf is here to tell us about his new book on Donmar and Mendes, whose Gypsy revival is about to light up Broadway. Our Album of the Week is the soundtrack from the the recent ABC-TV adaptation of "The Music Man." LISTEN TO PART 1: Matt Wolf talks about Sam Mendes' work at the Donmar Warehouse and his directorial style. LISTEN TO PART 2: Matt Wolf talks about Sam Mendes' work and Wise Guys.
Feb. 24, 2003 - Show 49
Following landmark performances in Ragtime and Kiss Me, Kate, Brian Stokes Mitchell is back on Broadway with a revival of Man of La Mancha. He's here with us today to play songs from our CD of the Week, the new La Mancha cast album, and to tell the stories behind the songs. LISTEN TO PART 1: Brian Stokes Mitchell talks about Man of La Mancha and the show's classic song, "The Impossible Dream." LISTEN TO PART 2: Brian Stokes Mitchell talks about the characters of Man of La Mancha.
Feb. 17, 2003 - Show 48
Do you know which five original cast albums are up for Grammy Awards Feb. 23, along with the one you're hearing, Hairspray? You will after this show: I'll play selections from them all, and let you pick the one youll be rooting for.
Feb. 10, 2003 - Show 47
There's always been poetry on Broadway, from Shakespeare to Moliere to the song youre hearing, from Kismet. But this season Broadway's got more than just poetry, it's got Def Poetry Jam, a concatenation of young writers and speakers who are full of vitality, which they'll demonstrate right here for you today. For Valentine's Day, our Album of the Week is a new CD of Broadway "Love Songs." LISTEN TO PART 1: Lemon from Russell Simmons' Def Poetry Jam talks about his ideas about the theatre LISTEN TO PART 2: Staceyann Chin from Russell Simmons' Def Poetry Jam talks about her theatrical/poetic background.
Feb. 3, 2003 - Show 46
Joining us in the studio this week are two living legends, actresses Swoosie Kurtz and Cherry Jones, who play bitter enemies in Broadways Imaginary Friends. Our CD of the Week is the original cast album for Off-Broadways The Prince and the Pauper. LISTEN TO PART 1: Cherry Jones and Swoosie Kurtz talk about the history behind Imaginary Friends. LISTEN TO PART 2: Cherry Jones and Swoosie Kurtz talk about the music of Imaginary Friends.
Jan 27, 2003 - Show 45
One of the unlikeliest candidates for a musical was the porn film Debbie Does Dallas. But with
tongue firmly in cheek, among other things, a pair of writers pulled it off. It's going to be hard -- I
mean tough -- getting through this show without expressions like that sounding funny. But we'll
try. Sherie Rene Scott, who created the stage role of Debbie, joins me in the studio today to listen
to the brand-new cast album, and tell the stories behind the songs. LISTEN TO PART 1: Sherie Rene Scott discusses her participation in Debbie Does Dallas LISTEN TO PART 2: Scott discusses her future projects
Jan. 20, 2003 - Show 44
Encore of show 33:Our guest this week is one of the great songwriters of Broadway history, Mr.
Jerry Herman, composer of Hello, Dolly!, Mame and La Cage aux Folles, all of which are being
planned for Broadway revivals. Staying with that theme, "Radio Playbill's," album of the week is
the original cast album of Parade not the recent Broadway musical, but the Off-Broadway revue
that launched Herman's career. The album's been out of print for decades, but was just released on CD. LISTEN TO PART 1: Jerry Herman talks about his new Off-Broadway revue Showtune and upcoming productions of Mame and La Cage aux Folles LISTEN TO PART 2: Herman discusses the upcoming Broadway revival of Hello Dolly! and the Las Vegas production of Miss Spectacular.
Jan. 13, 2003 - Show 43
Rodgers and Hammerstein's Flower Drum Song, set in San Francisco's Chinatown, is getting its first Broadway revival. Co-star Sandra Allen, who plays nightclub singer Linda Low, joins me in the studio today to listen to the brand-new cast album with me, and tell the stories behind the songs. LISTEN TO PART 1: Sandra Allen talks about performing her show stopping number "I Enjoy Being a Girl" LISTEN TO PART 2: Allen discusses the challenge of performing "Fan Tan Fannie"
Jan. 6, 2003 - Show 42
Priscilla Lopez became the symbol of all Broadway's gypsies when she sang the gypsy anthem
"What I Did for Love" in the original cast of A Chorus Line. She's returned to the New York stage
playing all six characters in a new play, and she'll do a few of them for you here today. Also on
"Radio Playbill," our CD of the week is the cast album of the Broadway opera phenomenon La
Boheme. LISTEN TO PART 1:Priscilla Lopez talks about her current show, Class Mothers '68 LISTEN TO PART 2:Lopez discusses being a part of A Chorus Line
Dec. 30, 2003 - Show 41
Was 2002 "The Perfect Year" for theatre? And what are the prospects for the New Year on
Broadway, at the Tony Awards and throughout North America? Playbill On-Line's editor Robert
Simonson is here to take a look back and a look ahead in "Radio Playbill's" New Year show.
Also on "Radio Playbill," our CD of the week is the long-delayed US release of the original cast
album of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Beautiful Game. LISTEN TO PART 1: Robert Simonson talks about upcoming musicals and his 2003 Tony predictions. LISTEN TO PART 2: Robert Simonson talks about upcoming musicals and his 2003 Tony predictions.