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George Bernard Shaw's "Saint Joan" is revived on Broadway with Condola Rashad as Joan of Arc. Hear Theater Critic Howard Shapiro's review this week on In a Broadway Minute Friday at 8 am and Saturday at 10 am.  

Tina Fey's popular high-school movie "Mean Girls" is now a Broadway musical. Hear Theater Critic Howard Shapiro's review this week on In a Broadway Minute. Tune in Friday at 8 am and Saturday at 10 am.

A fringe benefit of the CD era is the theme for this week’s Dress Circle (4/29 7:00 p.m.).  The standard LP could hold about 44 minutes of music, so when CDs arrived that could hold 80 minutes, record labels were in a quandary:  Should they just ignore the remaining time or try to fill it with something?   We’re very happy that they filled it with something that those of us who love musicals are thrilled to have:  Bonus tracks – alternate takes, cut songs, songs left off of the LP because of time constraints, demo recordings, and interviews with stars and creators.  

Harry Potter has arrived on Broadway with Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a stage adaptation of the newest installment in J.K. Rowling's runaway hit series about a wizard and his upbringing. Hear Theater Critic Howard Shapiro's review this week on In a Broadway Minute Friday at 8 am and Saturday at 10 am. 

With all of the negative news flying about, most of us need a “happy place” to which we can escape to hide from the madness.  This week’s Dress Circle (4/22  7:00 p.m.) will offer up some happy places that are found in a variety of musicals.   Join us as we head to “Never Never Land” with Peter Pan, “My Own Little Corner” with Cinderella, and “Loveland” from “Follies.”   

Two words that are dear to the hearts of many people are Walt Disney, and on this week’s Dress Circle (4/15  7:00 p.m.) we’ll hear some of the music associated with Disney films but not by the originators in a show called Everybody Does Disney.  For instance, from “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” we’ll hear “Heigh-Ho,” but it will be performed by The Shanghai Quartet.  “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo” from “Cinderella” gets an “Andrews Sisters” treatment by Michelle Nicastro.  Louis Armstrong will stop by to perform “The Bear Necessities” from “The Jungle Book.  

Kenneth Lonergan's play "Lobby Hero" is making its Broadway debut, starring Michael Cera as a security guard in an upscale New York apartment house. Hear theater critic Howard Shapiro's review of the play at the Helen Hayes Theater this week on In a Broadway Minute Friday at 8 am and Saturday at 10 am. 

If you’re a fan of musicals written expressly for television, we’ll have four more for you on this week’s Dress Circle (4/8 7:00 p.m.).  Our first seems be on its way to a Broadway production, but it had its start on the cult-favorite television series “Smash.”  The musical is titled “Bombshell” by Marc Shaiman and Scott M. Riesett.  

The two-play powerhouse Angels in America has opened on Broadway with Nathan Lane, Andrew Garfield and others. Join theater critic Howard Shapiro this week on In a Broadway Minute for his review of Tony Kushner’s masterwork Friday at 8 am and Saturday at 10 am. 

There will be no fooling on this week’s Dress Circle (4/1 7:00 p.m.) when we once again take a look at some of the shows that opened this month.  A few of those “shows of April” are “Beauty and the Beast,” the current smash “Anastasia,” “Carousel,” “Hallelujah, Baby!”, “The Secret Garden,” and “She Loves Me” along with several more.  Join us for another diverse evening of great music from Broadway.  As always, thank you for being a part of our musical family.  

Glenda Jackson, Laurie Metcalf and Alison Pill play the title roles in Edward Albee's "Three Tall Women," now on Broadway. Join Theater Critic Howard Shapiro for his review of the production this week on In a Broadway Minute Friday at 8 am and Saturday at 10 am. 

Disney's latest movie-turned-Broadway show is Frozen, and this week, theater critic Howard Shapiro reviews the musical. Tune in Friday at 8 am and Saturday at 10 am. 

Singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett scores the new Broadway musical Escape to Margaritaville, about the shenanigans at  a Caribbean bar that's an escape for vacationers. Howard Shapiro reviews the new musical this week on In a Broadway Minute Friday at 8 am and Saturday at 10 am (3/16 and 3/17). 

John Barrowman is best known to American television audiences for his appearances on “Dr. Who” and “Torchwood,” but this week’s Dress Circle (3/11 7:00 p.m.) is dedicated to his wonderful performances in musicals, mostly in London’s West End.  You’ll hear him perform songs from his starring roles in “Matador,” “Anything Goes,” “The Fix,” and “Hair” along with “Grease,” “Sunset Boulevard,” and the totally forgotten musical, “Jean Seberg.”  If you only know Barrowman from his television appearances, this week’s program is sure to be a pleasant surprise.

The Dress Circle: Songs from the Shows of March

Mar 1, 2018

The weather may be unpredictable, but this week’s Dress Circle (3/4 7:00 p.m.) certainly isn’t.  Since it’s the beginning of the month, we’ll once again look at our monthly feature showcasing the musicals that opened on and off-Broadway during March.  We’re featuring Joel Grey and Anne Reinking in the 1975 musical about Joan of Arc and Charlemagne entitled “Goodtime Charley” and the fabled 1954 off-Broadway revival of Weill and Brecht’s “The Threepenny Opera” featuring Bea Arthur, and it’s very nice to hear her in her prime.  



We’ll be “crossing over” on this week’s Dress Circle (2/25  7:00 p.m.).  Well, the singers will be crossing over as some of opera’s greatest sing favorites from the world of Broadway.  Those singers include Eileen Farrell, Robert Merrill, Rise Stevens, Dorothy Kirsten, Thomas Hampson, Kiri Te Kanawa, Jerry Hadley, Frederica von Stade, and more.  We’ve scheduled songs by Rodgers and Hammerstein, Frank Loesser, Leonard Bernstein, Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin, and the Gershwins from shows like “South Pacific,” “Music in the Air,” “The Most Happy Fella,” “Allegro,” and “The New Moon.” 

This week’s Dress Circle (2/18  7:00 p.m.) will be a survey of some of the CDs of a group formed in 1995 called “The Broadway Kids.”  This rotating cast of young people between the ages of eight and sixteen, had to appear in at least one Broadway or off-Broadway show or a major national tour in order to audition, and we’ll be looking at three of their eight CDs including The Broadway Kids “Sing Broadway,” “Back on Broadway,” and “Sing America.”  

The renovated Helen Hayes Theater reopens in a few weeks, and also enlarges the scope of non-profit producers on Broadway. Howard Shapiro explains more about it this week on In a Broadway Minute Friday at 8 am and Saturday at 10 am. 

Valentine’s Day is creeping up, and The Dress Circle will be all about love this week (2/11  7:00 p.m.) with songs that ask some musical questions from some rather unfamiliar shows.  We’ll begin with a few “love” songs with titles that just were just too good to resist like “Kiss Me and Kill Me with Love” from “Ankles Aweigh” and “I Love You Like a Table” from “Waitress,” but the bulk of the show will be a series of songs that ask a variety of questions about love like “Must It Be Love?” from “Bajour,” “Why Did You Make Me Love You?” from “Radio Gals,” and “Where Is Love?” 

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Broadway's "Phantom of the Opera" has reached another milestone in its storied stage history. Join Howard Shapiro this week on In a Broadway Minute as he notes this and other accomplishments of this Broadway favorite. In a Broadway Minute airs Friday at 8 am and Saturday at 10 am. 

The Dress Circle begins the month of February (2/4  7:00 p.m.) with its monthly feature to showcase some of the shows that have opened this month.  The menu of productions spans some 72 years with the earliest being Irving Berlin’s long forgotten musical “Face the Music” from 1932.  Along the way, we’ll also be looking at a musical was based on some of the stories of Chaucer from “The Canterbury Tales” starring Hermione Baddeley.  

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John Lithgow is on Broadway in a one-man show he’s written about storytelling and his father. He also performs stories by Ring Lardner and P. G. Wodehouse. Join theater critic Howard Shapiro this week for his review of John Lithgow: Stories by Heart Friday at 8 am and Saturday at 10 am. 

Just for fun, this week’s Dress Circle (1/28  7:00 p.m.) will be celebrating “Backward’s Day” a few days early.  Every January 31st, Backwards Day gives people the chance to reverse their ways, to go back to a simpler way of life, just to have a wonderful time eating dinner for breakfast, wearing their clothes backwards, talking backwards, or even just saying goodbye when they meet someone. 

The revival of an Afro-Caribbean inspired musical called "Once on This Island," a piece of storytelling that combines spirituality and values, has opened on Broadway at Circle in the Square Theatre. Hear theater critic Howard Shapiro's review this week on In a Broadway Minute Friday at 8 am and Saturday at 10 am. 

Mark Rylance stars in "Farinelli and the King," a production about the famed 18th-century castrato countertenor and his relationship with Spain's King Philip the Fifth. Hear theater critic Howard Shapiro's review of this play by Claire van Kampen on In a Broadway Minute Friday at 8 am and Saturday at 10 am (1/12 and 1/13).

The works of Stephen Sondheim will be featured on this week’s Dress Circle (1/14 7:00 p.m.) but nothing from cast recordings.  Instead, we’ll be featuring a variety of ladies who have recorded Sondheim’s music over the years.  The list includes Judy Collins who has the honor of singing “Send in the Clowns,” the only Sondheim song that made it into the popular charts where it spent eight weeks and made it to number 6 in 1975.  

"The Children" is a new Broadway play by Lucy Kirkwood about two retired nuclear scientists upended by a disaster at the reactor they helped to build. Join Theater Critic Howard Shapiro for his review of this play Friday at 8 am and Saturday at 10 am. 

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