By Robert Viagas
22 Feb 2004
CD of the week is "Animal Tracks," an unusual album of pet-related show tunes sung by Emily Skinner, Marian Seldes and their friends. And you’ll get to test your knowledge in the weekly Playbill Quiz.
A new 30-minute show debuts each Monday, with rebroadcasts throughout the following two weeks. Here is the schedule (all times are Eastern): New show Monday Feb. 23 at 5 PM, Wednesday Feb. 25 at 11 PM, Friday Feb. 27 at 5 AM, Saturday Feb. 28 at 5 PM, and Sunday Feb. 29 at 9 AM. Rebroadcasts continue following the ensuing week’s shows: Monday March 1 at 5:30 PM, Wednesday March 3 at 11:30 PM, Friday March 5 at 5:30 AM, Saturday March 6 at 5:30 PM, and Sunday, March 7 at 9:30 AM.
All the excitement and glamour of the American theatre scene comes across in "Radio Playbill," the first radio project from the creators of Broadway's distinctive programs, and Playbill On-Line, the home of theatre on the internet. The program reflects Playbill's unique access and knowledge of the world of Broadway, broadcasting from Sirius' midtown Manhattan studios overlooking Times Square.
Previous guests on "Radio Playbill" have included Hugh Jackman, Stephen Sondheim, Idina Menzel, Donna Murphy, Boy George, Joel Grey, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Chita Rivera, Rosie O’Donnell, Michael John LaChiusa, Andrew Lippa, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Antonio Banderas, Jerry Herman, Barbara Cook, Tony Kushner, William Finn, Michael Crawford, Jason Robert Brown, Patrick Stewart, Rebecca Luker, Alan Menken, Liz Callaway, Jerry Zaks, Julia Murney, Cy Coleman, Stephen Flaherty, Sherie Rene Scott, Jeanine Tesori, Charles Strouse, Cherry Jones, Baz Luhrman, Seth Rudetsky, George C. Wolfe, Maury Yeston, Gerard Alessandrini and many more. The program has offered the first (and sometimes only) chance to hear songs from Wicked, Caroline Or Change, The Little Princess, The Boy From Oz, Hairspray, Avenue Q, Taboo, Wonderful Town, Urban Cowboy, The Fabulist, Marty, Dance of the Vampires and revivals of Little Shop of Horrors, Nine and Man of La Mancha, among many more shows.
You can now listen to some of the best of these with RealPlayer in the "Radio Playbill" archives on Playbill On-Line.
Host for the magazine show is Robert Viagas, founding editor of Playbill On-Line and Theatre.com, author of several books on theatre, including "On the Line: The Creation of A Chorus Line" and "The Amazing Story of The Fantasticks," and editor of Louis Botto’s updated book, "At This Theatre."
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