The Dress Circle with Ted Otten and Michael Kownacky

Sundays at 7 pm

With music drawn from their personal and vast music collection, our co-hosts feature the best of Broadway, stage music from around the world, film scores, and the performing arts. 

The Dress Circle will be taking a second look at the Smithsonian American Songbook CD series on this week’s program (8/20 7:00 p.m.).  This time, our composers include Duke Ellington, Kurt Weill, Richard Whiting, and Harold Arlen and will include performances by Rosemary Clooney, Dick Powell, Mildred Bailey, Bobby Short, Alice Faye, Nat King Cole, Ethel Merman, and Pearl Bailey along with several others.  Join us for an hour of delightfully nostalgic songs performed by some of the best singers of the 20th century.  

A ”songbook” of the Broadway works by Frank Wildhorn will air this Sunday (8/13 - 7:oo p.m.) on The Dress Circle.  Broadway audiences first heard the music of Wildhorn in 1997 when he added three songs, with lyrics by Leslie Bricusse, to the stage version of “Victor/Victoria” after the death of Henry Mancini.  Within two years, his first complete show and biggest hit “Jekyll & Hyde,” with book and lyrics by Bricusse, would be the talk of Broadway and go on to run for 1543 performances.

To borrow a few lines from the musicals, “It’s too darn hot,” “We’re having a heat wave,” and “Ain’t it awful the heat; ain’t it awful?” which is why there are so few Broadway openings in the months of July and August: It was simply too hot for both cast and audience.  Shows closed for the summer or moved to a “summer home” somewhere in the country until the heat broke.  Shows were even performed in mostly open-air spaces on rooftops to “beat the heat.”  Because there were fewer shows during the sumer, we combine the openings from July and August so that we can still feature a varied menu o

It’ll be a bit of nostalgia on this week’s Dress Circle (7/30 – 7:00 p.m.) as we take our first look at a series of CDs published under the title The Smithsonian American Songbook.  This program will look at songs by a variety of composers and lyricists such as Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, Johnny Mercer, Frank Loesser, E.Y.

Beginning with Memorial Day in May, many communities enjoy a summer of a variety of parades, and this week’s Dress Circle (7/23 – 7:00 pm) will be looking at some of the parades featured in a variety of musicals including a desire to be included from “Anyone Can Whistle,” the parade of humanity found in “Grand Hotel,” the one and only Macy’s parade in “Here’s Love,” a wedding parade in “Flower Drum Song,” and an anthem to life from “Hello, Dolly!” along with many more familiar and unfamiliar shows.  Don’t forget to join us on Face Book and at our website www.DCSRO.com.  You’ll also find rec

The Dress Circle this week (7/16 7:00 p.m.) will feature the second program in our series celebrating the life and talents of George Gershwin.  Along with selections from musicals such as “Lady Be Good!”, “Oh, Kay,” and “Funny Face” as well as the films “Delicious” and “The Goldwyn Follies” which was the last film for which Gershwin wrote songs before his death.  Join us for some familiar and unfamiliar music from this American original, and don’t forget to look for webcasts of programs you may have missed.

George Gershwin died tragically young on July 11, 1937, just weeks away from his 39th birthday, and to mark the 80th anniversary of his death, we'll be airing two programs dedicated to his work.

The Dress Circle this week (7/2 7:00 p.m.)  will be taking a second look at musicals that have been performed in concert settings.  Usually, this is done to aid a charity and features an all-star cast.  This is true in the case of the concert version of "Dreamgirls" which was in benefit of The Actors' Fund.  This recording starred Lillias White, Audra McDonald, Heather Headley, and Billy Porter.

It's going to be a Glee-ful program this Sunday (6/25 - 7:00 pm) as The Dress Circle takes a look at the six seasons of the wildly popular series dedicated to high school choral singing, "Glee."  The show ran for 121 episodes and included over 728 music performances by its talented cast as well as some of the biggest names from the worlds of Broadway and pop music.   Joining regular cast members like Matthew Morrison, Lea Michele, and Naya Rivera you'll hear performances by Idina Menzel and Kristen Chenoweth in songs from Broadway and Hollywood.

On The Dress Circle this Sunday (6/18 ) at 7:00 pm, we'll be inviting you to get up and dance as we look at ballets and dances from Broadway musicals.    Included will be "La Princess Zenobia" from "On Your Toes" as well as The Sadie Hawkins Ballet from "Li'l Abner" and The "Havana scene" from "Guys and Dolls."  More Richard Rodgers music will be featured through ballets from "Carousel" and "Oklahoma!" as well.  Put on your dancing shoes, and join us for a happy hour of music from the stage.

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