For Theatre Nerds Only

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Why did no one tell me about this? Sometimes the murky depths of the internet yield up some astonishing treasures, like this internet radio station devoted to all things New York theatre. Playbill Radio features daily features like Playbill Presents: “Playbill Radio takes its microphones backstage and into the rehearsal rooms of Broadway for “Playbill Presents,” offering intimate visits with the many interesting people who make the theatre work.” and Centre Stage: “Playbill Radio’s flagship interview program welcomes a different luminary from Broadway and [yay] Off-Broadway every week.” Or you can just listen to non-stop Broadway numbers, if you’re into that kind of thing.

The real beauty of this site, however, is the podcast archives, just brimming with recorded interviews and talkbacks with scads of theatre professionals from all sorts of different areas of expertise. Par example: an interview with Edward Albee in which he talks about the sanctity of the script in production (guess which side he falls on), a 50th anniversary reunion with the original cast of West Side Story, or the producer of August: Osage County talking about his job. Or how about the Lincoln Centre dramaturg talking about what the hell dramaturgy is? Or maybe a little Davey-boy Mamet on writing political comedy to start the day off with a bang? I’ve died and gone to theatre nerd heaven. It’s kinda weird that Mamet’s up here, though.

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