Written in 1947, ALLEGRO was preceded in the R&H canon by OKLAHOMA! and CAROUSEL, and followed directly by SOUTH PACIFIC and THE KING AND I. In this podcast, hosted by Jeff Lunden, the bold innovations and experimental aspects of ALLEGRO are explored in the context of the first complete recording of its score, released by Masterworks Broadway in early 2009. Album co-producers Ted Chapin and Bruce Pomahac, original production assistant Stephen Sondheim, and recording co-star Patrick Wilson participate, joined by archival interviews with Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, and excerpts from the new ALLEGRO recording, featuring Audra McDonald, Nathan Gunn, Judy Kuhn, Liz Callaway, Laura Benanti, Norbert Leo Butz, Marni Nixon, and more.
The creation of the most popular Christmas song of all time, and its amazing journey from piano to radio to major motion picture and now, a major Broadway musical, is told in this podcast hosted by Ted Chapin. Irving Berlin himself shares a few remarkable insights, as does its first crooner, Bing Crosby. Historian Jody Rosen, Berlin daughter Linda Emmet, and creators of the stage musical Walter Bobbie, Paul Blake, and R&H Director of Music Bruce Pomahac also contribute, with the narrative sparked by cover versions of the song ranging from Crosby to Barbara Cook, to the Drifters, to the stage cast recording.
A Visit with Charles StrouseReleased: 02/09/11
Length: 44 minutes
The legendary Broadway songwriter turned 80 this past year, providing an ideal opportunity for Jeff Lunden to sit with Strouse in his Manhattan study for an unforgettable afternoons rumination on an extraordinary life in the theater. Strouse himself guides us through a career that includes BYE BYE BIRDIE, ANNIE, APPLAUSE, and the stories behind such songs as Tomorrow, Once Upon A Time, and Put On A Happy Face. Born Too Late may have been Strouses first #1 hit, but this podcast is just in time.
This podcast traces the story of Rodgers & Hammersteins first collaboration, the revelatory 1943 Broadway musical that forever changed the artform. Hosted by Ted Chapin, and featuring excerpts from the revered original cast album, the beloved soundtrack, and more, the program also includes interviews with Stephen Sondheim, Mary Rodgers, original cast members Joan Roberts and Celeste Holm, historian Max Wilk, and posthumous musings from Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, William Hammerstein, Agnes de Mille and others.
The Light In The PiazzaReleased: 02/09/11
Length: 27 minutes
The creation of this thrilling, deeply romantic musical is chronicled by its Tony Award winning composer/lyricist Adam Guettel, his collaborating author, Craig Lucas, and Bartlett Sher, director of the Broadway production. Ted Chapin hosts, with breathtaking excerpts from the original cast recording, including Victoria Clarks blazing lead performance.