In 2008, the musical In The Heights was nominated for 13 Tony Awards and won Best New Musical, Choreography, Orchestrations, and Score. It was also nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for Drama and it introduced the world at large to the diverse and impressive talents of its writer, composer, lyricist, and star, Lin-Manuel Miranda.

The writer, composer, actor worked with Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents on the 2009 Broadway revival of West Side Story - specifically swapping out English lyrics for Spanish in portions of songs sung by the Puerto Rican characters; he performed in the City Center Encores presentation of Merrily We Roll Along in 2012; and he co-wrote the music and lyrics for Bring it On: The Musical - which was nominated for a Tony Award for Best New Musical this past Broadway season.

    The Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of Anything Goes, winner of three 2011 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival and Choreography, opened last night at Proctors in Schenctady and runs through Sunday.

One of the greatest musicals in theater history, Cole Porter’s first-class musical comedy comes here following a triumphant run on Broadway where The New York Times called it “Musical-comedy joe" and USA Today hailed it as "Glorious and exhuberant!"

In addition to the title song, the show includes the Porter classics “I Get a Kick Out of You,” “De-Lovely,” “You’re the Top,” “Friendship,” “Easy To Love” and more!

Fred Applegate plays Moonface Martin in the show and joins us this morning. Fred has starred in London and on Broadway as Max Bialystock in The Producers. His Broadway credits include Sister Act, La Cage aux Folles, Young Frankenstein, and The Sound of Music.

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.

  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.

  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.

  "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.

Chet Walker

May 24, 2013

    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).

  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.

    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.

Listener Essay - 17 Year Cicadas

May 7, 2013

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