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6/13 “Tony Award Winners of the 1950s”            They’re all here: South Pacific, Guys & Dolls and The King and I for starters, and that’s just the first three years! Mary Martin, Ethel Merman, Rex Harrison and Gwen Verdon … Golden Age, here we come! FP16:25
6/20 “The Testosterone Brigade”
A gallery of macho guys in musicals, and we’ll go all the way from The Vagabond King (1925) to Hamilton 90 years later.
6/27 “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!”
A mini-travelogue! We’re on our way to Paris, London, Venice, Bangkok—even Siberia. All on the wings of songs from musicals.
7/4 “Superman Sings!”
Charlie Brown, Little Orphan Annie, Popeye, Li’l Abner, the Doonesbury gang and more jump out of the funny pages and into stage and screen musicals.
7/11 “To Your Health!”
75 years of songs about health and fitness with Robert Preston, Fred Astaire, Barbra Streisand and lots more.
7/18 “Celebrity Songwriters”
We revisit the days when lots of Broadway and Hollywood songwriters actually became household names, such as Gershwin, Porter, Lerner, Rodgers and Hammerstein (and Hart).
7/25 “First Meetings”
Some very interesting characters who are meeting for the first time: Nellie Forbush and Emile DeBeque, Tony and Maria—even Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom!
8/1 “Isn’t That Ironic?”
Songs that mean something quite different from what they seem to be saying, from “Cabaret” to “Always True to You in My Fashion.”
8/8 “Playing with Words”
Some dazzling lyrics by the great Ira Gershwin and his equally brilliant boyhood chum Yip Harburg, with performers including Judy Garland, Bobby Short and Groucho Marx.
8/15 Transformations”
Some big moments for characters whose lives change before our eyes, including Eliza Doolittle, Dulcinea and Captain Von Trapp.
8/22 “Martin Charnin’s 11 Best List”
A delightful session with the lyricist of Annie, and recorded with a live audience. We aimed for a “10 Best” list, but had to stretch it to 11!
8/29 “Grand Finales”
Those last few minutes in a musical theater are designed to send us out into the street on a real high—ranging from Porgy and Bess to Rent.
9/5 “Kidstuff”
Nearly 70 years worth of Broadway and Hollywood’s most dynamic young performers: Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland (naturally!), Shirley Temple, Ron Howard (when he was Ronnie), Marissa Jaret Winokur and more.




“Making a Splash”                                         Sensational performers in the shows that made Broadway take notice … lots of ’em, from Helen Morgan in Show Boat to Audra McDonald in Carousel.

“Down with Love”                                                   Have you, by any chance, recently gone through a breakup? If so, you’ll meet some kindred spirits in this hour. They’re all asking, “Who needs it?”













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