Centre Stage

FINE MUSIC RADIO  |  Podcast , ±1 hr 07 min episodes every 6 days  | 
CENTRE STAGE with Waldo Buckle explores the uplifting world of Musical Theatre. Weekly episodes will delve into the history of Musical Theatre, in depth discussions of your favourite musicals, the life stories of their creators as well as the relationships between the great collaborators in the world of Musical Theatre.

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25
NOV
2021

Centre Stage Episode 17 - Fiddler on the Roof

This week, taking Centre Stage, is the musical 'Fiddler on the Roof', with music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and book by Joseph Stein, set in the Pale of Settlement of Imperial Russia in or around 1905. It is based on 'Tevye and his Daughters' (or 'Tevye the Dairyman') and other tales by Sholem Aleichem. The story centers on Tevye, a milkman in the village of Anatevka, who attempts to maintain his Jewish religious and cultural traditions as outside influences encroach upon his family's lives. He must cope with the strong-willed actions of his three older daughters who wish to marry for love; their choices of husbands are successively less palatable for Tevye.
18
NOV
2021

Centre Stage Episode 16 - Jerry Herman

Episode 16 of Centre Stage focuses on the life and works of Jerry Herman, the American composer and lyricist, known for his work in Broadway musical theater. He composed the scores for the hit Broadway musicals 'Hello, Dolly!', 'Mame', and 'La Cage aux Folles'. He was nominated for the Tony Award five times, and won twice, for 'Hello, Dolly!' and 'La Cage aux Folles'.
11
NOV
2021

Centre Stage Episode 15 - Stephen Sondheim

This week on Centre stage, Waldo Buckle talks about one of the most important figures in 20th-century musical theatre, Stephen Sondheim. He has been praised for having reinvented the American musical with shows that tackle unexpected themes that range far beyond the genre's traditional subjects with music and lyrics of unprecedented complexity and sophistication. His shows have been acclaimed for addressing darker, more harrowing elements of the human experience, with songs often tinged with ambivalence about various aspects of life.
29
OCT
2021

Centre Stage Episode 13 - Cole Porter

The life and music of Cole Porter, the American composer and songwriter. Many of his songs became standards noted for their witty, urbane lyrics, and many of his scores found success on Broadway and in film.
22
OCT
2021

Centre Stage Episode 12 - The Wizard of Oz

We continue where we left of with 'Wicked' and continue with the music and story of 'The Wizard of Oz', based on the 1939 film of the same name, with a book adapted by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jeremy Sams. The musical uses the Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg songs from the film and includes some new songs and additional music by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and additional lyrics by Sir Tim Rice.
15
OCT
2021

Centre Stage Episode 11 - Wicked

Have you ever wondered what the witches in 'The Wizard of Oz' were like as teenagers? The answers are given in this week’s episode of Centre Stage as Waldo Buckle talks about 'Wicked', Broadway musical, with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and book by Winnie Holzman. It is based on the 1995 Gregory Maguire novel 'Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West'.
08
OCT
2021

Centre Stage Episode 10 - Hamilton

Some refer to it as the next level of Musical Theatre, others simply call it musically brilliant. This week on Centre Stage, Waldo Bucke delves into the story of Alexander Hamilton. The most expensive show to watch on Broadway.
01
OCT
2021

Centre Stage Episode 9 - Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

'Everybody's Talking About Jamie', a musical with music by Dan Gillespie Sells and book and lyrics by Tom MacRae. The musical is inspired by the 2011 television documentary 'Jamie: Drag Queen at 16' directed by Jenny Popplewell. The musical follows a 16-year-old teenager as he overcomes prejudice, beats the bullies and steps out of the darkness to become a drag queen.
24
SEP
2021

Centre Stage Episode 8 - The Sound of Music

It is the turn of an audience favourite, 'The Sound of Music', with music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, and a book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse. It is based on the 1949 memoir of Maria von Trapp, 'The Story of the Trapp Family Singers'.
17
SEP
2021

Centre Stage Episode 7 - Phantom of the Opera

Waldo Buckle talks about 'The Phantom of the Opera', the 1986 musical with music by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Charles Hart, and a libretto by Lloyd Webber and Richard Stilgoe. Based on the 1910 French novel of the same name by Gaston Leroux, its central plot revolves around a beautiful soprano, Christine Daaé, who becomes the obsession of a mysterious, disfigured musical genius living in the subterranean labyrinth beneath the Paris Opéra House.
10
SEP
2021

Centre Stage Episode 6 - Les Misérables

Waldo Buckle takes you on a journey through his personal favourite musical of all time, 'Les Misérables'. 'Les Misérables' was originally released as a French-language concept album, and the first musical-stage adaptation of 'Les Misérables' was presented at the Palais des Sports in 1980.

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