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Arts & Culture
10:30 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Brynn O'Malley in "Annie: The Musical" on Broadway

Credit David Gordon

    Annie: The Musical is hard-knock life-ing to sun’ll come out tomorrow-ing again on Broadway. The cast recording is available today from Shout! Broadway.

The original production of this iconic American musical ran from April 1977 to January 1983. The show is, of course, based on the comic strip created by Harold Gray (which was based on a poem by James Whitcomb Riley). This is the second Broadway revival and it’s directed by James Lapine.

Brynn O’Malley plays Grace Farrell, Oliver Warbucks tireless assistant. Brynn's Broadway credits include WickedSunday In the Park with GeorgeHairspray, and Beauty & the Beast. Regionally, Brynn has starred in Avenue Q and numerous other 1st national and regional productions. She joins us to talk about working with kids and dogs, working with James Lapine, and doing Avenue Q in Las Vegas.

Arts & Culture
10:10 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Audra McDonald at The Colonial 6/15

  In the seven years since her last album, Audra McDonald has kept busy…including singing the hook for Neil Patrick Harris' rap at the conclusion of Sunday’s Tony Awards. She spent several years in Hollywood, filming the television series Private Practice. She's gotten divorced and remarried, absorbed the shock of losing her father in a plane crash and watched her daughter, grow up from a kindergartener to a middle-schooler.

Last year, McDonald returned to New York, starred in The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess and won a fifth Tony Award. All the ups and downs, triumphs and tragedies are reflected on her new album, Go Back Home. She will be performing at The Colonial in Pittsfield, MA tomorrow night at 8pm.

Arts & Culture
11:35 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Brandon Victor Dixon in "Motown: The Musical" on Broadway

  Motown: The Musical is the real story of the one-of-a-kind sound that hit the airwaves in 1959 and changed our culture forever. This exhilarating show charts Motown founder Berry Gordy's incredible journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and so many more.

Featuring all the classics you love, the show tells the story behind the hits as Diana, Smokey, Berry and the whole Motown family fight against the odds to create the soundtrack that changed America.

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The Roundtable
11:26 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Tune for Today

  "Go Back Home" - by Kander and Ebb from Audra McDonald's latest album.

The five-time Tony Award winner will perform at The Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, MA on Saturday, June 15th.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Chet Walker

    Chet Walker has been the Director of Jacob's Pillow's Jazz/Musical Theatre Dance program for the past 14 seasons. The choreographer has worked on Broadway for 40 years - starting at the age of sixteen when he appeared in the first revival of On the Town. He was in the original Broadway production of Pippin and this year returns to that show as choreographer for the multi-nominated Diane Paulus directed revival - the show's first since its original run closed in 1977 (after 1,944 performances).

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Arts & Culture
10:50 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Judy Kuhn - Helsinki on Broadway - All This Happiness

  This Sunday, May 26th - Club Helsinki in association with Showstoppers New York presents Judy Kuhn in All This Happiness as part of their Helsinki on Broadway cabaret series.

Judy Kuhn is a three time Tony nominee for her work in the Broadway musicals: Les Miserables, Chess, and She Loves Me. She was also the singing voice of Pocahantas in the 1995 animated Disney film of the same name, which means she sang the Academy Award winning song, “Colors of the Wind” in that movie.

In All This Happiness she weaves together tunes from the pop songwriters and musical theatre composers that have had the most influence on her.

Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Judy Kaye: Putting Her High Notes and Comedy on "Nice Work" Through June 15th

Judy Kaye in "Nice Work If You Can Get It"

    Nice Work if You Can Get It has been running at The Imperial Theatre in New York City since April of 2012 and will close on June 15th.

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The Roundtable
11:50 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Listener Essay - 17 Year Cicadas

    Tom Judson is an actor, musician and author living in Greene County, NY. His book "Laid Bare: Essays and Observations" is available at Amazon.com. He writes a regular blog for Huffington Post and you can follow him on his website.

The Roundtable
11:26 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Tune for Today

  "When I Grow Up" from Matilda The Musical London Cast Recording.

The Broadway production of Matilda earned 12 Tony Award nominations earlier this week.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Santino Fontana in "Cinderella" on Broadway

Sarah LaDuke and Santino Fontana backstage at The Broadway Theatre

     Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella is on Broadway for the first time. The beloved musical with its signature songs “Impossible,” “In My Own Little Corner,” and “Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful” - to name a few - was written for television and hasn’t had a production on the Great White Way - until now.

With a new book by Douglas Carter Beane, Cinderella is directed by Mark Brokaw and stars Laura Osnes as Ella, Victoria Clark as her dotty-to-dazzling Fairy Godmother, Harriet Harris as her puffed-up and pernicious stepmother, and Santino Fontana as Topher, the Prince conflicted on his way to charming. 

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