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Beginning with Memorial Day in May, many communities enjoy a summer of a variety of parades, and this week’s Dress Circle (7/23 – 7:00 pm) will be looking at some of the parades featured in a variety of musicals including a desire to be included from “Anyone Can Whistle,” the parade of humanity found in “Grand Hotel,” the one and only Macy’s parade in “Here’s Love,” a wedding parade in “Flower Drum Song,” and an anthem to life from “Hello, Dolly!” along with many more familiar and unfamiliar shows.  Don’t forget to join us on Face Book and at our website www.DCSRO.com.  You’ll also find rec

"Anastasia" is the new Broadway musical about the Russian princess, inspired by the animated film of the same name. Hear theater critic Howard Shapiro's review of the musical this week on In a Broadway Minute, Friday at 8 am and Saturday at 10 am.

The Dress Circle this week (7/16 7:00 p.m.) will feature the second program in our series celebrating the life and talents of George Gershwin.  Along with selections from musicals such as “Lady Be Good!”, “Oh, Kay,” and “Funny Face” as well as the films “Delicious” and “The Goldwyn Follies” which was the last film for which Gershwin wrote songs before his death.  Join us for some familiar and unfamiliar music from this American original, and don’t forget to look for webcasts of programs you may have missed.

"Bandstand" is a new Broadway musical about a group of soldiers just home from World War II and a woman whose husband died on the battlefield. Theater critic Howard Shapiro reviews "Bandstand" this week on In a Broadway Minute Friday at 8 am and Saturday at 10 am.

George Gershwin died tragically young on July 11, 1937, just weeks away from his 39th birthday, and to mark the 80th anniversary of his death, we'll be airing two programs dedicated to his work.

Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole are performing as Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden in the new Broadway musical called War Paint, about the cosmetic empires the two women founded. Howard Shapiro will review War Paint this week on "In a Broadway Minute" Friday at 8 am and Saturday at 10 am.

The Dress Circle this week (7/2 7:00 p.m.)  will be taking a second look at musicals that have been performed in concert settings.  Usually, this is done to aid a charity and features an all-star cast.  This is true in the case of the concert version of "Dreamgirls" which was in benefit of The Actors' Fund.  This recording starred Lillias White, Audra McDonald, Heather Headley, and Billy Porter.

In 1988 John McGlinn assembled an A list cast from opera and Broadway to record as  much of the surviving music from the 1927 musical Show Boat  that he could find- music that was cut from the original production, music written for the movie versions and music added to revivals.

What happens after Henrik Ibsen's classic, A Doll's House, is over? Playwright Lucas Hnath imagines that in his new Broadway play A Doll's House, Part 2. Howard Shapiro will review the play this week on "In a Broadway Minute."

It's going to be a Glee-ful program this Sunday (6/25 - 7:00 pm) as The Dress Circle takes a look at the six seasons of the wildly popular series dedicated to high school choral singing, "Glee."  The show ran for 121 episodes and included over 728 music performances by its talented cast as well as some of the biggest names from the worlds of Broadway and pop music.   Joining regular cast members like Matthew Morrison, Lea Michele, and Naya Rivera you'll hear performances by Idina Menzel and Kristen Chenoweth in songs from Broadway and Hollywood.

An unusual take on Shakespeare's JULIUS CAESAR is unfolding these nights in Central Park.  Join Howard Shapiro this week, when he reviews this Public Theater  version on In a Broadway Minute.

On The Dress Circle this Sunday (6/18 ) at 7:00 pm, we'll be inviting you to get up and dance as we look at ballets and dances from Broadway musicals.    Included will be "La Princess Zenobia" from "On Your Toes" as well as The Sadie Hawkins Ballet from "Li'l Abner" and The "Havana scene" from "Guys and Dolls."  More Richard Rodgers music will be featured through ballets from "Carousel" and "Oklahoma!" as well.  Put on your dancing shoes, and join us for a happy hour of music from the stage.

So much high quality graced Broadway this season, it's hard to tell who will come out on top at the Tony Awards on Sunday night. Theater critic Howard Shapiro gives his Tony predictions this week on In a Broadway Minute. 

The Dress Circle on Sunday, June 11 (7 pm) will be featuring selections from five musicals that have played at London's Royal National Theatre.  Included will be Judi Dench in Sondheim's "A Little Night Music," Frank Loesser's "Guys and Dolls" with Julie Covington and Ian Charleson, Lerner and Loewe's "My Fair Lady" Starring Martine McCutcheon and Jonathan Pryce, Leonard Bernstein's "Candide," and Maria Friedman in "Lady in the Dark" by Kurt Weill and Ira Gershwin.  Also included will be selections from "Oklahoma!" featuring Hugh Jackman and Peter Poylcarpou.

The much admired movie Groundhog Day is now a musical on Broadway, starring the magnetic Andy Karl. Hear theater critic Howard Shapiro's review this week on “In a Broadway Minute”. 

The Dress Circle . June 4 . The Shows of June

Jun 1, 2017

Since it's the first weekend of the month, this week's Dress Circle program (Sunday at 7 pm) will feature a selection of songs from some of the musicals that opened on Broadway in June.  Since it's "Tony month," the choices are not as plentiful as usual, but we still have a varied program on tap.  This month's baker's dozen includes "The Student Prince, "Seventeen," "I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road," and "Chicago" as well as selections from "The Vagabond King," "Godspell," and "The Streets of Paris" along with many others.

This week, we're delving into one of our favorite topics: American Musicals Performed in Foreign Languages. After we begin with "Schlittenfahrt," we'll turn to some other familiar songs sung in Dutch, German, French, Italian, and Japanese. Some of the shows included are BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, MAN OF LA MANCHA, THE DESERT SONG, SWEET CHARITY, GREASE, and FIDDLER ON THE ROOF and more.

Kevin Kline is starring in the revival of Noel Coward's comedy Present Laughter on Broadway, the first time he's performing there in 10 years. Theater critic Howard Shapiro reviews the production this week on In a Broadway Minute.

May 21st
Fred Astaire's remarkable career lasted seven decades, and along the way, he performed with a great many partners. 

This week, we'll take a look at just a few of them in a program called "Fred Astaire in Duets." Several of those partners included are:  Adele Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, and Jane Powell. Join us to see who else got included!  

In an unusual arrangement, Laura Linney and Cynthia Nixon are trading roles each performance in the Broadway revival of Lillian Hellman's classic play, The Little Foxes. Hear Theater Critic Howard Shapiro's review.

Air date:  May 14th

Over the years, there have been many musicals that have been performed in concert versions for a variety of reasons, often to raise money for charities. This week's program will be taking a look at four of these with the concert performances of NYMPH ERRANT, MACK & MABEL, SOUTH PACIFIC, and ANYONE CAN WHISTLE.

Reading, Pennsylvania, is the setting for Lynn Nottage’s new Broadway play 'Sweat,' which looks at the hits factory towns and their residents have taken as manufacturing moves out. Hear theater critic Howard Shapiro's review of the play.

 

The Dress Circle - Broadcast on  May 7th 

May has certainly brought us flowers to which anyone with an allergy can attest. It has also brought us our monthly program that looks at some of the openings each month. Our May shows include old favorites as well as some newer pieces such as ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, ME AND JULIET, FLAHOOLEY, MAME, and THE MAGIC SHOW.

Paula Vogel's new Broadway play "Indecent" is about another play, a Yiddish drama that depicted the first scene of lesbianism on stage. Howard Shapiro reviews "Indecent" this week on In a Broadway Minute Friday at 8 am and Saturday at 10 am.

Last year, the Tony Awards were swamped, particularly in the minds of many who only follow theater casually, by the phenomenon that was Hamilton. It got 16 nominations, it seemed like (and was) a lock to win many of them, and every other Tony story struggled to get a little bit of sunlight.

The new Broadway play "Oslo" chronicles the intrigue behind the secret meetings that led in 1993 to the first agreement between Palestinians and Israelis. Hear Theater critic Howard Shapiro's review of this play.

The Broadway Event of the season is the much-anticipated revival of Hello, Dolly! with Bette Midler and David Hyde Pierce. Hear Howard Shapiro's review.

Four powerful actors -- Mark Ruffalo, Tony Shalhoub, Jessica Hecht and Danny DeVito -- compose the cast of the Broadway revival of Arthur Miller's The Price, and this weekend, theatre critic Howard Shapiro reviews this revival on "In a Broadway Minute." Tune in Friday 8 am and Saturday 10 am.

Phillipa Soo, who starred in Hamilton as the wife of Alexander Hamilton, is back on Broadway in a new musical called Amelie. Hear theater critic Howard Shapiro's review.

If the old adage is right, and "April showers bring May flowers," we're in for some pretty bad allergic reactions in the upcoming months. To assuage that, we'll begin April with some pleasant music from some of the shows that opened this month including: Follies, Barnum, Steel Pier, Chess, Waitress, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and more.

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