Spread the word!! Stage Notes is officially bi-coastal beginning Sunday (9/7) at 6 PM (PST) on KWXY 107.3, The Sound of the Desert in Palm Springs, California. I’m thrilled Stage Notes will be a part of KWXY’s fantastic programming. Live stream at KWXY.com.
Some of Broadway’s best show tunes are not just heard on the stage.There are some that really stand out, permeating pop culture, touching a nerve, and inspiring even the shyest to belt the lyrics. Crooners from the Rat Pack, Rosemary Clooney, and Tony Bennett would warble their own versions of top tunes from current shows and all of America would listen to them on the airwaves. Join host Robert Hammond for this week’s Stage Notes. He’ll feature some of Broadway’s best “pop” songs.
In the 1960s Broadway took a backseat to rock groups as teenagers dominated record sales. The Beatles recorded a memorable version of “Till There Was You” from The Music Man and Louis Armstrong’s Dixieland spin on “Hello, Dolly” was a hit, but the theater was no longer a major player in the record industry. Today the trend is changing with songs from Les Meserables, The Phantom of the Opera, and Wicked seeping into the mainstream through TV shows like Glee and American Idol.
Broadway was represented in full-force at this year’s Academy Awards! Although John Travolta decimated the pronunciation of her name, Tony Award winner (Elphaba in Wicked) Idina Menzel, did the Great White Way proud with her performance of “Let It Go” from the movie Frozen. Broadway songwriter (The Book of Mormon, Avenue Q) Robert Lopez not only won his first Academy Award but also became one of only 12 EGOTs — people who have won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony. A full Stage Notes recap with host Robert Hammond is just a click away.
Stage Notes host Robert Hammond paid tribute to Glee star Cory Monteith during his radio program. Along with songs from Glee, songs from Matthew Morrison’s new CD, Where it All Began, were featured. Click below to hear the full program. Aired 7/20/13
Click above to hear Act 2 with Matthew Morrison– Aired 7/13/13
It hasn’t been a gleeful week. Glee star Cory Monteith died at the age of 31. In conjunction with fellow Glee star Matthew Morrison’s concert with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra on Saturday, July 20, Robert Hammond will pay tribute to Cory Monteith.
Broadway leading man and Glee star Matthew Morrison talked with Stage Notes host Robert Hammond about his new CD, Where it All Began. According to Morrison, this CD (the first released from Adam Levine’s new production company 222 Records) is a “dream come true.” Stand outs on the recording are “On the Street Where You Live,” “West Side Story Medley,” a jazzed up version of “Younger than Springtime,” and a duet with Smokey Robinson, “Ease on Down the Road.” Morrison’s interpretation of “Send in the Clowns” is another highlight (have tissues ready!). It’s a must buy CD!
Click below to hear the entire interview – Aired 7/6/13