The schedule for the week of April 14-21 follows.
April 14: One of the most innovative new musicals of the Broadway season is Next to Normal, starring Alice Ripley as a woman whose mental life fractures after a family tragedy. Record producer Kurt Deutsch and songwriters Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey allowed Playbill Radio to sit with them in the Manhattan recording studio as they recorded the original cast album. You'll hear some of their discussions of the various takes of two songs, "He's Not Here" and "Perfect for You/Hey #3 Reprise." You'll also hear their directions to actors who were performing with the orchestra, plus an in-depth discussion of the creation of their show.
Each week's new "Center Stage" show debuts at 7 PM ET Tuesday, with repeats scheduled for (all times ET) 2 AM Wednesday, April 15; 11 PM Wednesday, April 15; 2 PM Thursday, April 16; 11 AM Saturday, April 18; 4 PM Sunday, April 19.
April 16: Part Two of Playbill's salute to music master Irving Berlin, who wrote thousands of songs in his 103-year life. We'll play some of the greatest, including hits from Annie Get Your Gun, Call Me Madam and As Thousands Cheer. Each week's "Composer Spotlight" debuts at 7 PM (ET) Thursday, with repeats scheduled for: (all times are ET) 2 AM Friday, April 17; 11 PM Friday, April 17; 10 PM Sunday, April 19; 2 PM Monday, April 20.
"Theater Talk" on Playbill Radio
April 18: Playwright Lynn Nottage and actress Saidah Arrika Ekulona discuss Nottage's critically acclaimed drama Ruined, about brutality towards women in the war-torn Republic of The Congo. Also, reviews from critic Elisabeth Vincentelli of the New York Post.
Each week's "Theater Talk" show debuts at 7 PM (ET) Saturday, with repeats scheduled for: (all times are ET) 11 PM Monday, April 20; 2 PM Tuesday, April 21.
This weekend's programming features Tovah Feldshuh at 11 AM Saturday, April 11 and 4 PM Sunday, April 12; part one of a tribute to Irving Berlin at 8 PM Sunday, April 12 and 2 PM Monday, April 13; and "Theater Talk" at 7 PM Saturday, April 11, 11 PM Monday, April 13 and 2 PM Tuesday, April 14.