"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
Feb. 16, 2004 - Show 100
Stephen Sondheim and Barbara Cook, who talk about their careers, what it takes to rise to the top as a Broadway singer, and Sondheim's new project, collaborating on a musical with Nathan Lane. LISTEN TO PART 1: Stephen Sondheim and Barbara Cook talk about "In Buddy's Eyes" and modern pop musicals. Stephen Sondheim talks about the challenge of writing songs and musicals. LISTEN TO PART 2: Stephen Sondheim talks about how he goes about writing diegetic songs, "Send in the Clowns", and the new generation of composers and theatergoing audiences. Sondheim and Barbara Cook talk about writing and singing what you know, instead of what you think people want to hear. LISTEN TO PART 3: Stephen Sondheim talks about The Frogs and Assassins.
Feb. 9, 2004 - Show 99
My special guests this week are two-time Tony winner James Naughton, who recently returned to the scene of the crime in Broadway's Chicago, and film star Gretchen Mol, who has taken the role of Roxie. My CD of the Week is a fabulous new studio cast album of the musical Sherry. And get this cast: Nathan Lane, Carol Burnett, Bernadetter Peters and Mike Meyer.
Feb. 2, 2004 - Show 98
My special guest this week is two-time Tony winner Judith Ivey, who gets to play a dozen different characters in her new solo work, Women on Fire. My CD's of the Week are all the great cast albums that didn't get nominated for the Grammy this year, including this one, William Finn's Elegies.
Jan. 26, 2004 - Show 97
Do you know which five original cast albums are up for the 46th annual Grammy Awards Feb. 8? You will after this show: I'll play selections from them all, and let you pick the one you'll be rooting for.
Jan. 19, 2004 - Show 96
My special guest this week is Idina Menzel, a former Maureen who's now a mean green flying machine in the Broadway musical Wicked. Then, hear samples from my CD of the week, the original cast album of the musical comedy Zanna Don't! LISTEN TO PART 1:Idina Menzel talks about "Defying Gravity" in Wicked, the characters of Elphaba and Glinda, and the relationship between "The Wizard of Oz" and Wicked. LISTEN TO PART 2:Idina Menzel talks about acting onstage with her husband, Taye Diggs, in Wicked, and about working with Kristin Chenoweth, Joel Grey and Carole Shelley.
Jan. 12, 2004 - Show 95
Andrew Lippa and singer Julia Murney, who worked together on the musical The Wild Party are here to talk about their blossoming careers, and to perform an exclusive preview from his his forthcoming Broadway musical, A Little Princess. LISTEN TO PART 1: Andrew Lippa talks about his involvement in You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown and The Wild Party. LISTEN TO PART 2: Julia Murney talks about her experience in The Wild Party. Andrew Lippa talks about his upcoming Broadway musical, A Little Princess, and sings "Live Out Loud," a song from the show.
Jan. 5, 2004 - Show 94
John Darnton of The New York Times, on the impact of Jayson Blair and other edit changes on
how the Times covers the arts. LISTEN TO PART 1: John Darnton, Associate Editor of the New York Times, talks about interviewing Broadway's stars, culture and being Cultural Editor of the NY Times and the power of the New York Times' reviews. LISTEN TO PART 2: John Darnton talks about interviewing Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane, the post-Jayson Blair New York Times and the New York Times building.
Dec. 29, 2003 - Show 93
"Radio Playbill" previews "Bombay Dreams," "Assassins," "King Lear," "Little Women,""Mary
Poppins" and other major productions planned for the year ahead on Broadway. Special Guest is
Judy Samelson, Editor in Chief of Playbill.
Dec. 22, 2003 - Show 92
Year in Review: a look back at the major shows, trends and news stories of 2003 in theatre,
including the Musicians Strike, Hairspray winning the Tony, Michael Riedel doing battle with
Bernadette Peters and Rosie O'Donnell, etc. etc. Special Guest is Judy Samelson, Editor in Chief
of Playbill. CD of the Week is the just-release original cast album of Broadway's "Wicked."
Dec 15, 2003 - Show 91
Willkomen, bienvenue, welcome to my dressing room interview with Broadway icon Joel Grey at
Broadway's Gershwin Theatre, where he's starring as the Wizard of Oz in Wicked. You're
hearing the overture from the new cast album, which comes out this week. I'll also take you on a quick trip through this year's crop of Broadway related holiday CDs, including ones from
Barbara Cook and the Four Plaids. LISTEN TO PART 1: Joel Grey talks about his history with The Wizard of Oz and the success of Wicked. LISTEN TO PART 2: Joel Grey talks about the character of the Wizard, social commentary in Wicked and how the musical compares to the original Gregory Maguire novel.