"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
May 13, 2003 - Show 60
When the Broadway cast of Les Miserables sings "One Day More" May 17, they'll mean it. It's hard to believe that after 16 years New York won't be seeing that little orphan's face peering out of posters all over town. After 6680 performances, Les Miserables will ask "Who Am I?" one last time this Sunday, May 18. The person doing the asking will be Keith Randal, the last Broadway Jean Valjean, who is with me today, joined by Jayne Paterson who will be playing Fantine on the final performance.
May 6, 2003 - Show 59
Tony nominations will be announced May 12, and with us here today to help predict them is Seth Rudetsky, the lively host of theatre insider treat "Seths Broadway Chatterbox," and now star of his own Off-Broadway show. Youll hear some great music from Our CD of the week, the original cast album of a little-known Tony Winner, the 1959 Best Musical Redhead. LISTEN TO PART 1: Seth Rudetsky talks about the Broadway season and likely Tony nominees for Best Musical. LISTEN TO PART 2: Seth Rudetsky talks about other Tony categories and his show Rhapsody in Seth.
April 29, 2003 - Show 58 Chicago may have won the Oscar as Best Film this year, but it was Baz Luhrmann, Oscar
nominated director of Moulin Rouge, who made Hollywood safe for musicals again. He's with me
here in the studio today to talk about that, his Broadway revival of La Boheme, and his upcoming
Broadway adaptation of Mostly Ballroom. You'll also hear selections from our CD of the Week,
the original cast album of the new Broadway musical, A Year With Frog and Toad. LISTEN TO PART 1: Baz Luhrmann talks about the Broadway production of La Boheme and theatrical plans for "Moulin Rouge and "Strictly Ballroom." LISTEN TO PART 2: Baz Luhrmann talks about La Boheme and the current state of the "musical."
April 22, 2003 - Show 57
Dennis O'Hare is knocking one out of the park as the star of Broadway's new baseball drama, Take Me Out. He tells us what life is like backstage at the play considered most likely to win all
kinds of awards this season. CD of the Week is the original cast album of Ahrens & Flaherty's A
Man of No Importance. LISTEN TO PART 1: Denis O'Hare talks about baseball and his role in Take Me Out. LISTEN TO PART 2: Denis O'Hare talks about nudity and teamwork in Take Me Out.
April 15, 2003 - Show 56
Our guest in the studio this week is Russian-American comedian Yakov Smirnoff. Inspired by
Elaine Stritch, he's telling his story in a solo show on Broadway, titled As Long as We Both Shall
Laugh.CD of the Week is the newly remastered Anyone Can Whistle, including a bonus track of Sondheim himself singing a "cut" number from the show on his original demo. And, as a treat, one
of the wicked Broadway musical parodies from TV's The Simpsons.
April 8, 2003 - Show 55
The Tony-winning musical Nine is returning to Broadway in a starry revival being overseen by its composer Maury Yeston. Today we bring you part two of our interview with the former Yale music professor and head of the BMI musical theatre workshop, who will tell us about his collaboration with Tommy Tune and his plans for future Broadway musicals. Continuing Yeston-o-mania, our CD of the week is the new "Maury Yeston Songbook" full of your favorite stars. LISTEN TO PART 1: Maury Yeston talks about the music of Titanic and Nine, and his work on Hans Christian Andersen. LISTEN TO PART 2: Maury Yeston talks about his next project with Peter Stone.
April 1, 2003 - Show 54
The Tony-winning musical Nine is returning to Broadway in a starry revival featuring Antonio Banderas, Jan Krakowski and the legendary Chita Rivera. All three are on today's show, along with composer Maury Yeston who will tell us about his tweaks to the show. LISTEN TO PART 1: Chita Rivera, Jane Krakowski and Antonio Banderas talk about their roles in Nine. LISTEN TO PART 2: Maury Yeston talks about the music and casting of Nine.
March 24, 2003 - Show 53
"Radio Playbill" favorite Jerry Herman, composer of Hello, Dolly! and Mame,returns with a singer and two-time Tony-nominated choreographer Joey McKneeley to perform classic songs from his new Off Broadway revue, Showtune.
March 17, 2003 - Show 52
A lot of in-development musicals win awards, but few are as funny or have a big a buzz as Avenue Q, which opens this month Off-Broadway. The show's two young songwriters, Jeff Marx and Robert Lopez, are here with me today to explain their show, described as "Sesame Street" for grownups, and play some exclusive demos from the show. LISTEN TO PART 1: Jeff Marx and Robert Lopez talk about the idea for Avenue Q and we play a song from the show's demo recording. LISTEN TO PART 2: Jeff Marx and Robert Lopez talk about the song, "Everyone's a Little Bit Racist," the plot of Avenue Q and the possible future of the show. Another demo track is played as well.
March 10, 2003 - Show 51
The country song "Looking for Love (in All the Wrong Places)" is about to become a showtune, when Urban Cowboy, the major new musical of the spring, opens on Broadway March 26. Radio Playbill was invited to attend an open rehearsal, and we'll take you there to hear lots of good stuff, including one of the new songs by Tony-winner Jason Robert Brown. LISTEN TO PART 1: Lonny Price, Jason Robert Brown and Matt Cavenaugh talk about "Urban Cowboy" and present some of the show's songs. LISTEN TO PART 2: Jenn Colella, Sally Mayes and Marcus Chait describe the appeal "Urban Cowboy" and and join the rest of the cast in singing some more of the shows songs.