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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.

The musical Miss Saigon is back on Broadway in revival.

Movie fans know that Hollywood opens its most prestigious films every December, right before the Oscar nomination deadline. The same is true of Broadway — except it happens in the spring, before the Tony nominations come out. This year's is an exceptionally crowded season, with 18 shows — half of them musicals — opening in March and April.

Last season was all about Hamilton. Everyone knew it was going to win the Tony for best musical, but Barry Weissler, who produced Waitress, didn't care.

On fateful September 11, 2001, the little Canadian town of Gander, Newfoundland, was inundated with diverted airplanes carrying thousands of passengers from around the world. What happened that day in Gander is the subject of a new Broadway musical called Come From Away.

Theater critic Howard Shapiro talks about the busy season of new drama and comedy productions on Broadway… 10 new productions of drama and comedy.

This week Howard Shapiro reviews the Broadway revival of THE GLASS MENAGERIE, with Sally Field as Amanda Wingfield in Tennessee Williams' classic. Tune in Friday at 8 am and Saturday at 10 am.

Howard Shapiro reviews the revival Sunday in the Park with George with film actor Jake Gyllenhaal in his Broadway singing debut.

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