NY Times Cultural Editor Darnton on "Radio Playbill" Jan. 5-17

News   NY Times Cultural Editor Darnton on "Radio Playbill" Jan. 5-17
John Darnton now wears the title of Associate Editor at The New York Times, but it doesn’t begin to describe his 36 years as a correspondent to the paper of record, his years as a correspondent in Poland, Spain, Britain and Africa, his two Polk Awards and his Pulitzer Prize.

It also doesn’t recall his years in the 1990s when he was Cultural Editor at the paper, overseeing the Times’ coverage of Broadway. He comes on "Radio Playbill" Jan. 5-17 to tell host Robert Viagas about his latest project, the upcoming Arts & Leisure Weekend, which will give theatre fans a chance to see, hear and question titans like Stephen Sondheim. Tony Kusner and Barbara Cook. He also discusses the Times’ reporting on Broadway in the internet age, in the post-Jayson Blair age, and in its upcoming move out of its headquarters opposite Shubert Alley.

The "Radio Playbill" CD of the Week is "Out of This World: Maureen McGovern sings Arlen," and test your knowledge in the weekly Playbill Quiz.

"Radio Playbill," a weekly news and entertainment magazine show of theatrical interviews, features and music, is broadcast multiple times each week on Sirius Satellite Radio's A&E, Stream 137.

Note: as of Jan. 19, 2004, "Radio Playbill" will move to Sirius Entertainment (Stream 131).

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 Jan. 5 at 1 PM, Wednesday Jan. 7 at 6 PM, Friday Jan. 9 at 5 AM, Saturday Jan. 10 at 7 AM, and Sunday Jan. 11 at 4:30 PM. Rebroadcasts continue following the ensuing week’s shows: Monday Jan. 12 at 1:30 PM, Wednesday Jan. 14 at 6:30 PM, Friday Jan. 16 at 5:30 AM, Saturday Jan. 17 at 7:30 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, Donna Murphy, Boy George, Joel Grey, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Chita Rivera, Rosie O’Donnell, Michael John LaChiusa, 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, 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 The Boy From Oz, Hairspray, Avenue Q, Taboo, Caroline Or Change, Wonderful Town, Thoroughly Modern Millie, 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.

And don't miss Playbill's theatre news headlines, being broadcast throughout the day, seven days a week on Sirius Satellite Radio's "Broadway's Best," Stream 77. This link now takes you directly to the page that lets you listen to the music channel and the news. Click the "listen now" icon.

Host for both the news and 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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