Thursday, October 18, 2007
10 Years of Broadway Musical Meyhem
On Thursday nights the FM radio dial lights up like the Great White Way thanks to a spectacularly entertaining and informative radio show called 2 on The Dial with Peter and Miriam. This unique program is celebrating its 10th year of presenting all kinds of Broadway musical treasures. There are of course hits like Fiddler on the Roof, Oliver!, Sweeney Todd, and Chicago but there are other lesser known shows such as Baker Street, It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Superman, and the movie musical version of Lost Horizon (no, I’m not kidding). Recent rarities have included Ethel Merman’s demos for Hello, Dolly! (the show was written for her though she did not star in its Broadway debut), scrapped Judy Garland recordings and Liberace playing (and reciting the lyrics of) The Impossible Dream. Recently, the fun and knowledgeable hosts Peter and Miriam offered an evening of TV musicals, such as the Wonderful Town presentation from the 1950s and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, created expressly for television by the acclaimed composers. There are wild instrumentals, classy choral arrangements, My Fair Lady in Dutch, and on one recent broadcast, everything from Mary Poppins (the film version, mind you) to Blansky’s Beauties from 1970s TV. (2 On The Dial is not billed as “Broadway Their Way” for nothing!) The last hour of the broadcast is Curtain Up, in which the hosts play an entire Broadway score, including West Side Story, Gypsy, The Drowsy Chaperone, and just last week, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. If you live in Southern California tune in KCSN 88.5 FM at 9:00 pm-Midnight every Thursday, or you can listen wherever you are on the Internet at kcsn.org at 9:00 pm Pacific Time (sadly the show is not archived for future listening). Find out more about the show here, but by all means tune in and let 2 On The Dial entertain you.