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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 and Robert travels regularly to New York City to see shows on Broadway.

The Rochester Broadway Theatre League’s ‘16 ‘17 season is now in full swing.  Join host Robert Hammond and RBTL’s Partner and Presenter four-time Tony Award winner Albert Nocciolino.  They'll discuss the musicals that are a part of the season, including Finding Neverland, Cabaret, Wicked, and Rogers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music. They will also talk about the specials coming to town, including a Rochester favorite, Jersey Boys.  Songs will be played from each of the musicals.

All I Want, 10/1/16

Sep 30, 2016

Director Bob Fosse categorized many songs from musicals as “I want” songs. According to him, generally early in the first act, the main character announces what's most important to him or her through  an “I want” song. Then, in most cases, the musical’s direction is to follow this character on his or her journey towards the fulfillment (or non-fulfillment) of that goal.  I Want Songs are useless if poorly written. The purpose of the song is to establish the protagonist’s motivation.

Host Robert Hammond is pleased to welcome acclaimed lyricist Sir Tim Rice to Stage Notes. He's on the program to discuss the North American premiere of his musical, From Here to Eternity, as well as his time working with Elton John, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Alan Menken.

New York Post

This week’s Stage Notes is sure to be animated when host Robert Hammond showcases songs from Broadway musicals produced by Disney.

Among others, songs from Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Mary Poppins and The Little Mermaid will be featured. And, are you ready for some good news? Disney's blockbuster movie Frozen is being adapted for the stage and is set to hit Broadway spring 2018.  Gather the kids around the radio for this week’s wonderful world of Stage Notes.

It’s been a big week here at WXXI. If you haven’t heard the news, on September 6, 1966 WXXI-TV 21 launched its first broadcast, Julia Child’s The French Chef.  To celebrate, Stage Notes will feature songs from musicals that opened in the sixties.

For many Broadway attendees, dance is vital to excellent musical theatre. Some think it’s a major drawing card. It lifts the spirits like nothing else and the whole musical theatre experience is not the same without it. Entertaining dance gets us out of our seats or tapping along, wishing we were dancers ourselves. Dance Breathes life into musical theatre.