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Robert Hammond

Stage Notes Host / Corporate Support Executive

Robert A. Hammond is a seasoned broadcasting and marketing professional and a fervent supporter of Broadway and the arts. He has a career spanning over 20 years in radio, including experience as a general manager in the Rochester market. Robert is well-known in the Rochester community for his stint as creator and host of “Broadway on Legends,” which aired on Legends 102.7 FM. Robert currently provides theatre reviews for various publications, including Broadway.com and Theatermania.com. Robert travels regularly to New York City to see shows on Broadway.

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Summer is in full swing! Whether you’re livin’ easy or not, be sure to listen to this week’s sizzlin' edition of Stage Notes. Join host Robert Hammond as he features summertime classics from various Broadway musicals, including Rags, Kiss Me Kate, Fosse, Movin’ Out, and Grease. The temperature is rising on this week’s scorching edition of Stage Notes. Listen for a  short re-cap of the Tony Awards.

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In recognition of LGBT pride month, host Robert Hammond is pleased to welcome Ari Shapiro to the program on Saturday, June 10th.  Shapiro is a host on NPR’s drive-time program All Things Considered and is an occasional guest singer with Pink Martini.

In 2017, the race to the Tony is much less clear-cut than last year. In 2016, it was easy to predict which show would run away with just about every statue as Hamilton received 13 nominations and took home an impressive 11 awards, including Best Musical. This year, the awards may not be as one-sided, as there are several different shows in the running for the various big categories. Here is a quick look at what I think are the most heated races and which shows just may take home the coveted statue.

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The 71st Annual Tony Awards will be held on June 11, 2017, to recognize achievement in Broadway productions during the 2016–17 season. The ceremony will be held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.  Kevin Spacey will serve as host.

Join host Robert Hammond for a music filled edition of Stage Notes Saturday, June third.  The program will feature songs from nearly all the musicals nominated for best musical and best musical revival.  And the nominees are: 

Best Musical

Come From Away

Dear Evan Hansen

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In 2017, the race to the Tony is much less clear-cut than last year.

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Join Host Robert Hammond as he examines how religion influences musical theatre. The Book of Mormon is one of Broadway’s biggest box-office hits - recently there have been revivals of Christian-themed musicals — Godspell and Jesus Christ Superstar.  The revival of the revival of the revival (well, you get the picture!) of Les Miserables recently closed.

Nazareth College

Nazareth College Theatre and Dance Department present 9 to 5 The Musical. Join host Robert Hammond and his guests from  the Musical, students Emily Mullin, in the role of Violet Newstead; Michaela Groth, in the role of Doralee Rhodes; and professor/director & choreographer, Matt Steffens.

Performances

  • Friday, April 21, 2017 | 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

  • Saturday, April 22, 2017 | 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Happy Broadway

Mar 31, 2017
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Join host Robert Hammond for a happy edition of Stage Notes.  He'll also review the national Broadway tour of Wicked, in Rochester through April 9 on RBTL's Auditorium Theatre stage.

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The national Broadway tour of Wicked is coming back to Rochester March 29-April 9--two weeks only at RBTL's Auditorium Theatre.  Before it comes to town, join host Robert Hammond and his guest Isabel Keating (Madame Morrible) for their discussion about this blockbuster musical.  They'll talk about the characters, music, costumes, and deep-rooted message.

Boomers Rule

Mar 17, 2017
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At age 66, Andrea Martin’s Tony-winning performance in Pippin was an inspiration for all boomers. The highlight of the circus-inspired Broadway revival was her rendition of “No Time At All,” a feel-good motivational song about living every moment of your life before it’s too late.  There are other show tunes that are sung by mature characters (though not from a trapeze!), which say good things about theater and diversity. Join host Robert Hammond as he features Broadway songs about getting older on this week’s Stage Notes.

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