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Past "Radio Playbill" Shows
July 21, 2003 - Show 70
You think you've got a big collection of cast albums? The New York Public Library for
the Performing Arts has thousands, plus videotapes of virtually all Broadway shows for
the last four decades, plus, well, I'll let Kevin Wiinkler and and Herb Scher tell you what
treasures they've pulled out of the archives for this summer's exhibit, titled simply
"Original Cast Albums," and play you some rarely heard cuts. Our CD of the Week the
original cast album of the new William Finn musical, Elegies.
July 14, 2003 - Show 69
One of the most durable and popular Broadway leading ladies of the past decade has been
Rebecca Luker, who starred in revivals of Show Boat, The Sound of Music, The Music
Man, among many other stage and recording projects. She's my guest this week here on
Radio Playbill. She'll tell you about an unusual departure for her, and play songs from our
CD of the Week, a studio cast album of the musical, Brownstone. LISTEN TO PART 1: Rebecca Luker talks about Brownstone and The Sound of Music LISTEN TO PART 2: Rebecca Luker talks about The Music Man and her new solo album.
July 7, 2003 - Show 68
Repeat of show on Avenue Q, 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
June 30, 2003 - Show 67
How did one of America's tiniest record companies beat out the big guys
to land one of the plums of the season -- the all-star cast album of
Tony-winning Best Revival of a Musical, Nine? You'll hear the whole
story from the guys who made the deal -- and the CD -- right here on
Radio Playbill. They'll tell us about their adventures in the studio with
Antonio, Chita, Jane and Maury, and play lots of music from the newly
released album. LISTEN TO PART 1: Tommy Krasker and Philip Chaffin discuss PS Classic's recording of Nine and working with Chita Rivera. LISTEN TO PART 2: Tommy Krasker and Philip Chaffin talk about Antonio Banderas and recording Nine.
June 24, 2003 - Show 66
The cast of the hot new Off-Broadway musical Zanna Don't! is in the
studio this week to show us what they do. The cast album isn't due out
until later this summer, so you're hearing the original cast with the songs
exclusively on Sirius. For Album of the Week I'll play some of the
interesting bonus cuts from the new deluxe collectors edition of a
Broadway classic -- Oliver!, including an interview with its director, who
has some clues about how to handle kids on stage.
June 17, 2003 - Show 65
Something unusual for you this week: My guest is Ruth Wallis, whose
campy Off-Broadway revue, Boobs!: The Musical, revives her catalog of
songs that were considered scandalous and banned in the 1950s. For
Album of the Week I'll play cuts from a special sampler CD of recent
show music, gathered under the title "Ultimate Broadway II."
June 10, 2003 - Show 64
The Tony Awards are now over, and Broadway is starting a new season of
plays, musicals and revivals, including a planned new Dreamgirls that
includes this number, "Steppin to the Bad Side." For Album of the Week
I'll play cuts from a new album from the composers of Mary Poppins,
who resurrect "lost" songs from their Tommy Tune musical that closed
out of town. Plus, test your knowledge in the weekly Playbill Quiz. But
first, headlines from Playbill On-Line, the internet news service of
June 3, 2003 - Show 63
The 57th annual Tony Awards will be given Sunday, June 8. Many of the
most prominent nominees have been guests on this show over the past
year, and I'll play samples from their Tony-nominated musicals and
revivals. As a special treat, you'll get to hear Tony nominees Antonio
Banderas and Chita Rivera singing on my Album of the Week, an exclusive
preview of the cast album from Tony nominated Best Revival, Nine.
May 27, 2003 - Show 62
"Radio Playbill" takes you into Broadway's Shubert Theatre to talk with
the cast and crew of the new "Gypsy" revival. The last-minute
snatch-victory-from-the-jaws-of-defeat success of Broadway's Gypsy
revival has been an emotional roller-coaster for the cast. Two of the
show's stars, Tammy Blanchard and John Dossett who play Gypsy and
Herbie, are here to tell you all about it. For Album of the Week I'll play
cuts from a special sampler CD of music from 10-years of
Off-Broadway's acclaimed "Encores!" series. LISTEN TO PART 1: Tammy Blanchard and John Dossett talk about Gypsy Rose Lee and working with Bernadette Peters. LISTEN TO PART 2: Tammy Blanchard and John Dossett talk about the Gypsy choreography, Maureen Moore and Arthur Laurents.
May 20, 2003 - Show 61
One of the most beautiful singing voices on Broadway is possessed by Liz Callaway,
who came to prominence in the original casts of Baby and Miss Saigon. She's with me
here today to fill us in on her Broadway return this month in the revue The Look of Love.
Our CD of the Week is the original cast album of Amour, which had only a short run on
Broadway last fall, but attracted a devoted following. LISTEN TO PART 1: Liz Callaway talks about The Look of Love and how she chooses songs to sing. LISTEN TO PART 2: Liz Callaway talks about motherhood and how she interprets songs.