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An updated edition of "Broadway: The American Musical"--a volume by your host--ushers in the groundbreakers of the 2010s:  Dear Evan Hansen, Hamilton, Fun Home, Book of Mormon, and more. This Sunday at 3PM, live or streaming.

Count on Bernadette:  with her recent triumph in Hello, Dolly!, we celebrate one of the great icons of the musical theater with a glorious tour of songs by Jerry Herman, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sondheim, and Rodgers and Hammerstein. This Sunday at 3PM, Live or streaming.

Bernadette Peters
Julieta Cervantes

Bernadette Peters is the new Dolly!

Celebrate Valentine's Day with classic first dates from the Broadway musical stage. Selections from She Loves Me, Irma La Douce, Evita, Hamilton, and more. This Sunday at 3PM, live or streaming.

To celebrate Leonard Bernstein's centennial, we're playing highlights from On The Town, West Side Story, Candide and more, featuring Audra McDonald, Johnny Mathis, Chita Rivera and others. This Sunday at 3PM, live or streaming

Put on a happy face and listen to highlights of the great Strouse/Adams score. Original cast performances along with Elvis Presley, Bobby Vee, and the Marcels, rockers of the era. This Sunday at 3PM, live or streaming.

Look out--Bobby Darin is back! We're joined in an hour-long celebration of the multi-talented Darin's Broadway repertoire by Ted Chapin, producer of the 92Y's upcoming tribute to the singer. This Sunday at 3PM, live or streaming.

For our Broadway look at the holidays, we're joined by T. Oliver Reid from the new revival of Once on This Island, with songs performed by Judy Garland, Kathleen Battle, Sammy Davis, Jr., Barbara Cook, and more. This Christmas Eve at 3PM, and Christmas Day at 10AM, live or streaming.

It's a bright shiny stocking stuffer for Broadway enthusiasts: an hour of stunning music by the delightful leading lady of the 1960s, Inga Swenson. Rare recordings plus original Broadway albums, this Sunday at 3PM, live or streaming.

For once it’s nice to have a comedy back on Broadway and especially a comedy written by Steve Martin, starring Amy Schumer. It’s called, for some inexplicable reason, "Meteor Shower" and it opened at the Booth on Shubert Alley the other night. Frankly, just call it 80 minutes of nonsensical fun, and who can’t like that in this era of harassment and rockets.

 

"The Band’s Visit" about an Egyptian 7 man band that took the wrong bus and ended up in a small Israeli town where they spend a single evening, opened the other night at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. It is a grown-up love story (and isn’t it about time we had something for the older generation of theatergoers?), and a little gem that is a must see in this era of big-time musicals.

 

"Junk," Reviewed by David Richardson, Theatre Critic

Nov 13, 2017

"Junk." Not a pretty name. This Broadway show is all about the financial disasters that went on in the 1980’s and opened at the Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center the other night. If you have an interest in that era of Wall Street malfeasance, "Junk" is a terrific play. I was there and in fact was part of the action but unless you cared about how Wall Street operated back then you are going to be lost watching the ramblings and activities going on up on the Beaumont stage which is bare except for a few lines on the floor.

A revival of David Henry Hwang’s "M. Butterfly" which first opened on Broadway in 1988 and ran for 777 performances starring John Lithgow and B.D. Wong and won the Tony for best play, opened the other night at the Cort Theater on Broadway. It’s not a must-see since it is woefully dated, but the performances are worth either seeing it for the first time or seeing it again.

"Time and the Conways," a revival of J.B. Priestley’s 1937 play about a family through the ages living in Yorkshire opened at Roundabout’s unfriendly American Airlines Theater the other night. Thankfully, the 2 act 2 hours and 20-minute drama has Elisabeth McGovern doing her Downton Abbey best to liven up, with a second scene exception, a very dull play which is more about the author’s love of the theories of time and space than anything else.

 

The great innovative jazz pianist Bill Evans turned his genius to the Broadway catalogue over and over again. Music from On The Town, Silk Stockings, Porgy and Bess, and more, joined on vocals by Tony Bennett and Anita O'Day. This Sunday at 3PM, live or streaming.

We’re ringing in 5778 with a celebration of the Jewish contribution to the American musical, with renditions by Al Jolson, Barbra Streisand, and Joel Grey. Songs from The Rothschilds, March of the Falsettos, Caroline or Change, and, of course, Fiddler on the Roof. This Sunday at 3PM, live or streaming.

It might as well be swing--here are great tunes from Broadway played by the great dance bands: Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Count Basie, as well as swing-styled musicals like Bandstand. This Sunday at 3PM, live or streaming.

The joint is jumpin’ with Broadway legend Andre De Shields (currently starring in Bay Street Theater’s “As You Like It”) live in our studio to discuss his career, including The Wiz, The Full Monty, and Ain’t Misbehavin’. This Sunday at 3PM, live or streaming.

We honor the "First Lady of Song," Ella Fitzgerald, on her centennial with a career overview of her Broadway songs from the 1930s to the 1980s, with special guest performances from Frank Sinatra and Louis Armstrong. This Sunday at 3PM, live or streaming.

Come From Away (you figure that name out yourself) opened the other night at the Gerald Schoenfeld on Broadway and despite that it is really just an excellent off-Broadway musical trying to make the big time world of Broadway, it’s pretty darned good with some excellent music and a great cast of unknowns.

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