Sirius Satellite Radio: Broadway's Fractured "Carols" on "Radio Playbill" Dec. 13-26

News   Sirius Satellite Radio: Broadway's Fractured "Carols" on "Radio Playbill" Dec. 13-26
Each year at the holiday season, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS collaborates with the casts of the Broadway shows to record a CD called "Broadway's Greatest Gifts: Carols for a Cure." Much in the style of the annual "Gypsy of the Year" competition, many are funny, customized takes on traditional carols — or completely original and often irreverent. "Radio Playbill" host Robert Viagas will play some of this year?s crop on the Dec. 13-26 show, and get the lady who puts them all together — Lynn Pinto—to tell some of the stories behind the songs. Also this week, tips for buying tickets as gifts from Viagas' new book, "The Back Stage Guide to Broadway."

"Radio Playbill," a news and entertainment magazine show of theatrical interviews, features and music, is broadcast multiple times each week on Sirius Satellite Radio's Our Time, 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 Dec. 13 at 5 PM, Wednesday Dec. 15 at 11 PM, Friday Dec. 17 at 5 AM, Saturday Dec. 18 at 5 PM, and Sunday Dec. 19 at 9 AM. Rebroadcasts continue following the ensuing week's shows: Monday Dec. 20 at 5:30 PM, Wednesday Dec. 22 at 11:30 PM, Friday Dec. 24 at 5:30 AM, Saturday Dec. 25 at 5:30 PM, and Sunday, Dec. 26 at 9:30 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 Susan Stroman, Edie Falco, Hugh Jackman, Nathan Lane, Idina Menzel, Donna Murphy, Whoopi Goldberg, John Barrowman, Alec Baldwin, Melissa Errico, Matthew Broderick, Sheldon Harnick, Joel Grey, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Stephen Sondheim, Chita Rivera, Rosie O'Donnell, Michael John LaChiusa, Andrew Lippa, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Antonio Banderas, Jerry Herman, Barbara Cook, Ann Heche, Tony Kushner, William Finn, Michael Crawford, Jason Robert Brown, Patrick Stewart, Rebecca Luker, Alan Menken, Liz Callaway, Jerry Zaks, Julia Murney, Cy Coleman, Stephen Flaherty, Mickey Rooney, Cathy Rigby, Boy George, Jeanine Tesori, Charles Strouse, Cherry Jones, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Baz Luhrman, George C. Wolfe, Maury Yeston, Sherie Rene Scott, and many more.

The program has offered the first (and sometimes only) chance to hear songs from Wicked, Bounce, Dracula, Brooklyn, Lone Star Love, Little Women, Jerry Springer: The Opera, Avenue Q, Caroline Or Change, A Stoop on Orchard Street, Bombay Dreams, The Little Princess, The Boy From Oz, Hairspray,Taboo, Urban Cowboy, The Fabulist, Marty, Dance of the Vampires and revivals of Assassins, Wonderful Town, Fiddler on the Roof, 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.

Host for the magazine show is Robert Viagas, founding editor of Playbill On-Line and, author of several books on theatre, including "The Back Stage Insider's Guide to Broadway," "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."

Elsewhere on Sirius This Month
Through Jan. 3 -- ALL SHOOK UP Weekend Sweepstakes (Sirius Gold 5, Elvis Radio 13, Broadway's Best / 77) Enter to win a trip to see the pre-Broadway world premiere of the musical comedy, All Shook Up. Grand prize includes: roundtrip coach airfare for two to Chicago, tickets to the show, two nights hotel, dinner for two at 312 Chicago and tickets to the post-premiere party with the cast. Contest closes at 5 p.m. ET 1/3/05. Winner and guest must be 18 to enter and be able to travel January 15-17, 2005. Go to the Elvis Radio, Broadway's Best or Sirius Gold page for more details and entry form.

Friday, Dec. 17 —- Seth Rudetsky Live From Studio A with AVENUE Q composers Jeff Lopez & Bobby Marx (Broadway's Best / 77, 9 PM & Midnight ET) The 2004 Tony Award winning team joins Rudetsky for an hour of music and conversation.

Sunday, Dec. 19— BROOKLYN THE MUSICAL (1 pm & 6 pm ET Broadway's Best / 77) Eden Espinoza who plays the title role in Brooklyn the Musical, and John McDaniel who is the arranger, orchestrator and musical supervisor, join Christine Pedi with songs from the show.

Friday, Dec 24— The Sound Of The Von Trapp Children Broadway's Best / 77, Noon ET) The hallways of Sirius are alive with the sound of The Von Trapp Children. Christine Pedi welcomes the descendants of the famous singing family whose story captivated the world in The Sound Of Music.

Friday, Dec. 24— Seth Rudetsky Live From Studio A with Susan Stroman (9 PM and Midnight ET, Broadway's Best / 77) Choreographer & director (The Producers, The Music Man, Oklahoma!, and currently filming The Producers) joins Rudetsky for an hour of music and conversation.

Saturday Dec. 25 ´´ Holidays with the Rudetskys (Broadway's Best / 77, 10 AM-4PM ET) Broadway's answer to the Osbournes. Seth, his sisters Nancy & Beth, and Momma Sally deconstruct the holidays, and each other.

Sunday, Dec. 26 -- Holidays with the Rudetskys Broadway's Best / 77, 6 PM-Midnite ET) Broadway's answer to the Osbournes. Seth, his sisters Nancy & Beth, and Momma Sally deconstruct the holidays, and each other.

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