"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
Dec. 8, 2003 - Show 90
Do you give - or get - show albums for the holidays, but you're just not really sure what's out there? "Radio Playbill" to the rescue. I have my picks for the best cast albums and studio albums of 2003, and I'll play some of the tastiest selections, starting with this one, from one of my favorite cast albums of the year, Avenue Q.
Dec. 1, 2003 - Show 89
The spirits of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers gliding across the Broadway stage once again in a
dance-packed musical Never Gonna Dance, based on one of their classic films. "Radio Playbill" went backstage to talk with him, and the hoofers gutsy enough to step into the most golden of all dance shoes. You'll also get to hear songs you've never heard from West Side Story, Fiddler on
the Roof, The King and I and more on our CD of the week: the re-release of a collectors' classic:
Lost in Boston. LISTEN TO PART 1: Noah Racey and Nancy Lemenager talk about Fred and Ginger and the plot of Never Gonna Dance, and Jerry Mitchell talks about casting the two leads. LISTEN TO PART 2: Karen Ziemba talks about the dancing in Never Gonna Dance, and
Jeffrey Hatcher talks about adapting "Swing Time" for the stage and adding
songs to the musical. Michael Greif talks about directing Never Gonna
Dance, and how it compares to Rent.
Nov. 24, 2003 - Show 88
Two great ladies of theatre are here with me today, actress Donna Murphy and lyricist Betty
Comden of Comden and Green. They're working together on the Broadway revival of Wonderful
Town. Plus you'll get to hear one of the most acclaimed performances of the fall, Hugh Jackman, on my CD of the Week, the just-released Broadway cast album of The Boy From Oz. LISTEN TO PART 1: Actress Donna Murphy, and Phyllis Newman, wife of co-lyricist Adolph Green, discuss the transfer of Wonderful Town to Broadway. LISTEN TO PART 2: Director/choreographer Kathleen Marshall, actress Jennifer Westfeldt, and co-lyricist Betty Comden discuss the Broadway production of Wonderful Town.
Nov. 17, 2003 - Show 87
The Broadway revival of Little Shop of Horrors looks like a major contender for next year's Tony Awards, and I've got the new cast album here to play for you. And my special guest this week is Star Trek and X-Men star Patrick Stewart who is toplining another Broadway revival, Harold Pinter's The Caretaker. He'll tell us what it's been like to work personally with Pinter, Edward Albee, Arthur Miller and other playwrighting titans. LISTEN TO PART 1: David Jones talks about directing The Caretaker, the autobiographical elements in the show from Harold Pinter, and the challenge for the actors in the play. Patrick Stewart talks about working with living playwrights Arthur Miller, Edward Albee and Harold Pinter, and about how he prepares for and relates to various roles, and the special challenge of playing Davies in The Caretaker.
LISTEN TO PART 2: Patrick Stewart talks about the acting roles that attract him. Kyle MacLachlan talks about his character in The Caretaker. David Jones talks about working with Harold Pinter.
Nov. 10, 2003 - Show 86
Shh! This week I'm inside the legendary Public Theatre in Manhattan, where A Chorus Line and so many other great musicals and plays were born. The latest project to take shape here is
Caroline, Or Change, and listen to this lineup of talent: Jeanine Tesori of Thoroughly Modern Millie and Violet wrote the music, Pulitzer winner Tony Kushner wrote the book and lyrics,
multiple Tony-winner George C.Wolfe is directing, and the stars are Tony winners too: Tonya
Pinkins and Chuck Cooper. They're all lined up to come on the air and perform some of the
songs. LISTEN TO PART 1: Lyricist/Librettist Tony Kushner, composer Jeanine Tesori and actress Tonya Pinkins discuss their work on Caroline, or Change. LISTEN TO PART 2: Actor Chuck Cooper and director George C. Wolfe discuss their work on Caroline, or Change.
Nov. 3, 2003 - Show 85
Broadway history is being made this month - or, actually, remade. The old Biltmore Theatre
returns to life after a 27 million dollar renovation, with a new play, The Violet Hour. I'll take my
microphone inside the theatre to ask the people who saved it from the wrecking ball about its
history, its highlights and its ghosts. My CD of the week is the original cast album of the Off
Broadway musical Hank Williams: Lost Highway. LISTEN TO PART 1: Debra Waxman and Andrew Hamingson talk about the new seating at the Biltmore, some of the challenges of renovating the theatre, "the history wall," and why the theatre was vacant for so many years. LISTEN TO PART 2: Debra Waxman and Andrew D Hamingson talk about the meeting of modern and classic design in the Biltmore and The Violet Hour as the inaugural production of the restored theatre.
Oct. 27, 2003 - Show 84
Former talk show host and Broadway star Rosie O'Donnell has staked $10 million of her personal fortune on the new musical Taboo, the story of rocker Boy George's odyssey through the glitzy 1980's London demimonde. Rosie and Boy George invite me to a rehearsal, and I'm back with their music and words, just for you. My CD of the week is the original cast album of the Broadway musical Avenue Q. LISTEN TO PART 1: Rosie O'Donnell talks about her experience with Taboo, and Charles Busch talks about Boy George and his new book for the show. LISTEN TO PART 2: Euan Morton talks about Boy George (the character in Taboo and the real man), and Boy George talks about composing and the Broadway incarnation of Taboo.
Oct. 20, 2003 - Show 83
Something special this week. You may not recognize the name David Friedman, but his
songs have been recorded by top vocalists everywhere, and he's served as musical
director on Broadway and for many Disney classics. He's Off-Broadway now with
Listen to My Heart, a revue of his songs, starring Alix Korey and Anne Runolfsson.
They're all here with me today in the Sirius studios to perform a mini concert funny and
touching numbers from the show, and tell us about themselves. But first, headlines from
Playbill On-Line, the internet news service of Broadway. LISTEN TO PART 1: David Friedman talks about his writing and upcoming productions of his musicals, and Alix Korey sings a song from Listen to My Heart. LISTEN TO PART 2: The cast of Listen to My Heart talk about their favorite lines in the show, and David Friedman talks about the writing of "Trust the Wind."
Oct. 13, 2003 - Show 82 Follies! Don't you wish you could have sat next to Stephen Sondheim, Michael Bennett
and Hal Prince as they were putting together that masterpiece musical? My guest this
week is who did exactly that: Ted Chapin, now head of the Rodgers and Hammerstein
Organization, who has written a beautiful new book about it. I'll play lots of music from
different versions of the show. LISTEN TO PART 1: Ted Chapin talks about Hal Prince, Michael Bennett and Stephen Sondheim, and their work on Follies. LISTEN TO PART 2: Ted Chapin talks about the magic of Follies, and future productions of Rodgers and Hammerstein shows.
Oct. 6, 2003 - Show 81
Shall we dance? That is the question in the new Broadway play Six Dance Lessons in Six
Weeks. I stopped by rehearsals to talk to stars Mark Hamill, onetime Luke Skywalker of
Star Wars, and Polly Bergen, who tells some scandalous backstage stories of the recent
Follies revival. My CD of the week is the original cast album of Ricky Ian Gordon's
Off-Broadway musical My Life With Albertine.