Is He Dead? Star Butz Appears on "Downstage Center" Radio Show, Jan. 11

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Tony Award winner Norbert Leo Butz, star of Broadway's Is He Dead?, will be a guest on XM Satellite Radio's "Downstage Center" Jan. 11.

The American Theatre Wing and XM Satellite Radio present the interview with the actor on the weekly theatrical show on XM's On Broadway (XM Channel 28). The show plays Jan. 11 at 6 PM with repeat broadcasts Saturday at noon, Sunday at 7 PM and Wednesday at 12 AM (ET).

Butz will chat about his current role in the Mark Twain comedy, his classical training at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, joining the company of Rent only two weeks after moving to New York, appearing in Thou Shalt Not, The Last Five Years, Wicked and more.

A 2005 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his role in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Norbert Leo Butz has also appeared in Wicked, Thou Shalt Not, Rent, Buicks, The Last Five Years, Juno and the Paycock, Saved and the national tour of Cabaret.


Michael Blakemore (Copenhagen, Kiss Me, Kate) directs Is He Dead?, the 1898 Mark Twain comedy about the art world, adapted by David Ives (All in the Timing, Polish Joke). Written 110 years ago, Is He Dead? is billed as "a new comedy by master American novelist and satirist Mark Twain." The work remained unpublished until it was rediscovered in 2002 by noted Twain scholar Shelley Fisher Fishkin.

"Inspired by the posthumous bidding war that broke out between the United States and France over Jean-Francois Millet's painting 'The Angelus,' Is He Dead? is a fast-paced comedy about a group of poor artists who stage the death of their mentor to drive up the price of his paintings," according to show notes. "In order for the scheme to succeed, the artists hatch various hilarious plots involving cross-dressing, a full-scale fake funeral, lovers' deceptions, and much more."

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