Happy Birthday, Mr. Sondheim

stephen-sondheim-05

Described by Frank Rich of The New York Times as “Now the greatest and perhaps best-known artist in the American musical theater,” Stephen Sondheim turned 86 on March 22.  Stage Notes host Robert Hammond paid tribute to the musical genius. Full program now available on demand.

Some of his best-known works as composer and lyricist include A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Follies, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Sunday in the Park with George, and Into the Woods. He wrote the lyrics for West Side Story and Gypsy.

Broadway’s Most Revived Musicals

The Music of Broadway
              The Music of Broadway

Host Robert Hammond featured songs from some of the most revived Broadway musicals, including Porgy and Bess, Show Boat, Fiddler on the Roof, and West Side Story on Stage Notes. Click below to hear the entire program.

LISTEN

 

Broadway Hits the Silver Screen

1982-broadway-to-hollywood-thumbnailWith Les Misérables recent gigantic leap from stage to the silver screen,  Stage Notes host Robert Hammond showcased songs from some of the best Hollywood adaptations from the Great White Way, including Gentlemen prefer Blondes, Dreamgirls, West Side Story, and The Phantom of the Opera.

LISTEN Aired 8/9/14

Twitter Crashed, Travolta tanked, Idina soars, and Ellen Rules! An Oscar Recap on “Stage Notes”

selfie-413x233Broadway 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.

Listen – Aired 3/8/14 stagenotes_text Color logo

A Stage Notes Oscar Party Act One

It’s an Oscar party on Stage Notes!

Listen – Aired 3/1/14 stagenotes_text Color logo

After eighty-five Academy Award ceremonies and hundreds of films nominated for Best Motion Picture, only ten of those winning films have been musicals. The American Film Institute defines a “musical” as “a feature-length film in which music and lyrics significantly advance the plot, develop character, or are otherwise integral to the film narrative.”

Join host Robert Hammond as he showcases musicals that have won the coveted Best Motion Picture Oscar.

Television icon Ellen DeGeneres returns to host the Oscars for a second time. The Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center.