The schedule for the week of Aug. 18-24 follows.
Aug. 18: More than 200 plays and musicals from across America and around the world are being showcased this month in the 13th annual New York International Fringe Festival, billed as the largest multi-arts festival in North America. The Frings was the starting point for hits like Urinetown, and this year's crop includes one-of-a-kind titles like Abraham Lincoln's Big Gay Dance Party, Baby Wants Candy, And Sophie Comes Too and Zipperface. This week Playbill Radio guests include festival founder and producing artistic director Elena K. Holy, along with the casts and creators of several of the new musicals, who will present excerpts from shows including Far Out, Vote and Willy Nilly.
Each week's new "Center Stage" show debuts at 7 PM ET Tuesday, with repeats scheduled for (all times ET) 2 AM Wednesday, Aug. 19; 11 PM Wednesday, Aug. 19; 2 PM Thursday, Aug. 20; 11 AM Saturday, Aug. 22; 4 PM Sunday, Aug. 23.
Edited versions of the "Center Stage" programs are available as podcasts, including:
Danny and Sylvia stars Brian Childers and Kimberly Faye Greenberg
The Magic of Disney on Broadway: The Disney Dads
Burn the Floor
Aug. 20: A tour through the quirky career of William Finn, a Tony winner for Falsettos, whose other projects have included Romance in Hard Times, Elegies, The Royal Family, Infinite Joy, Make Me a Song and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Each week's "Composer Spotlight" debuts at 7 PM (ET) Thursday, with repeats scheduled for: (all times are ET) 2 AM Friday, Aug. 21; 11 PM Friday, Aug. 21; 10 PM Sunday, Aug. 23; 2 PM Monday, Aug. 24.
This weekend's programming features The Phantom of the Opera stars George Lee Andrews and John Cudia at 11 AM Saturday, Aug. 15 and 4 PM Sunday, Aug. 16; and a salute to Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty at 8 PM Sunday, Aug. 16 and 2 PM Monday, Aug. 17.