Ted Otten

Program Host

Ted Otten is co-host of The Dress Circle

The Dress Circle airs Sundays at 7 pm. 

You can also hear Ted, along with his The Dress Circle co-host, on JazzOn2, every Wednesday evening from 7pm, eastern, for Strike Up the Band, a program celebrating the big bands and dance bands of jazz.

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  This week, we're delving into one of our favorite topics: American Musicals Performed in Foreign Languages. After we begin with "Schlittenfahrt," we'll turn to some other familiar songs sung in Dutch, German, French, Italian, and Japanese. Some of the shows included are BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, MAN OF LA MANCHA, THE DESERT SONG, SWEET CHARITY, GREASE, and FIDDLER ON THE ROOF and more.

May 21st
Fred Astaire's remarkable career lasted seven decades, and along the way, he performed with a great many partners. 

This week, we'll take a look at just a few of them in a program called "Fred Astaire in Duets." Several of those partners included are:  Adele Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, and Jane Powell. Join us to see who else got included!  

Air date:  May 14th

Over the years, there have been many musicals that have been performed in concert versions for a variety of reasons, often to raise money for charities. This week's program will be taking a look at four of these with the concert performances of NYMPH ERRANT, MACK & MABEL, SOUTH PACIFIC, and ANYONE CAN WHISTLE.

The Dress Circle - Broadcast on  May 7th 

May has certainly brought us flowers to which anyone with an allergy can attest. It has also brought us our monthly program that looks at some of the openings each month. Our May shows include old favorites as well as some newer pieces such as ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, ME AND JULIET, FLAHOOLEY, MAME, and THE MAGIC SHOW.

It's a miracle for a musical to make it to the stage, and it's even more miraculous for a show to cross the Atlantic. We thought we'd take a look at some London shows that didn't make the trip in a new series we'll begin tonight by featuring four London shows that never made it to Broadway. They are: SHERLOCK HOLMES, KING, TESS, and CHARLIE GIRL.

Quite often, a composer's name is forgotten although his songs are cherished for a long time; Hugh Martin is one of those composers, and on tonight's program, we'll sample some of his well-known and lesser-known work from film, TV, and stage through shows like MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS, HANS BRINKER, LOVE FROM JUDY, and HIGH SPIRITS.

This week's program will once again wax nostalgic as we remember Gordon MacRae through his work in films like CAROUSEL, OKLAHOMA!, THREE SAILORS AND A GIRL, TEA FOR TWO, and BY THE LIGHT OF THE SILVERY MOON along with some of his pop recordings.  

Children performers are essential for many shows, and we'll be taking a look at some of these young actors through shows such as OLIVER!, ANNIE, FUN HOME, MATILDA,  FLOWER DRUM SONG, and SCHOOL OF ROCK.

  If the old adage is right, and "April showers bring May flowers," we're in for some pretty bad allergic reactions in the upcoming months. To assuage that, we'll begin April with some pleasant music from some of the shows that opened this month including: FOLLIES, BARNUM, STEEL PIER, CHESS, WAITRESS, A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN and more.