This week's edition of "Radio Playbill" previews the busy upcoming season of comedies, dramas and musicals, and plays samples from some of the most eagerly anticipated projects, including Hairspray, Amour, Man of La Mancha, Flower Drum Song and Billy Joel's Movin' Out. Plus, you'll hear some of the interesting bonus tracks from Sony Classical's latest batch of re-released rarities, including a song cut from Cy Coleman's Tony-winner, Barnum.
Playbill historian and theatre archivist Louis Botto tells us about famous stars who started their stage careers under very different names. All this, plus a review of the week's news, a closer look at two interesting new Off-Broadway musicals, and the weekly Playbill Musical Quiz.
"Radio Playbill," a weekly news and entertainment magazine show of theatrical interviews, features and music, is broadcast 12 times weekly on Sirius' A&E Channel, 154.
The 30-minute weekly show debuts each Tuesday, with airings at 5 AM, 11 AM, 5 PM and 11 PM (ET).
Rebroadcasts of the show will occur each Thursday at 1 AM, 7 AM, 1 PM and 10 PM and Saturday at 5 AM, 11 AM, 5 PM and 11 PM (ET). All the excitement and glamour of the American theatre scene comes across in this, 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.
Upcoming shows include samples from the new cast albums of Into the Woods and Thoroughly Modern Millie, interviews with stars like Barbara Cook, an in-studio concert by the cast of Our Sinatra, plus a comprehensive preview of songs from the upcoming new Broadway season.
And don't miss Playbill's theatre news headlines, being broadcast throughout the day, seven days a week on Sirius Radio's "Broadway's Best," channel 67.
Host for both the news and the magazine show is Robert Viagas, founding editor of Playbill On-Line and Theatre.com, and author of several books on theatre, including "On the Line: The Creation of A Chorus Line" and "The Amazing Story of The Fantasticks."
The signal can be heard coast to coast on the Sirius system, currently available mainly in automobiles, and streamed through the company's website at www.siriusradio.com
Sirius is in the midst of a national rollout of its 100 commercial-free stations with full national coverage planned for July 1.
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