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Stage Notes with Robert Hammond

Saturdays at 12:00-1:00 p.m. on WXXI-FM 91.5, WXXY 90.3, WXXI-FM/HD 91.5-1 and online at

Stage Notes is hosted by Rochester's own Robert Hammond who brings his vast knowledge and passion for theatre and music to this one-hour radio series. In addition to playing music from Broadway's best, Hammond shares news about the local theatre community, as well as about nationally recognized directors, choreographers and stars, and presents interviews and behind- the-scenes conversation.  Click on the episode link below to LISTEN to this past week's show.

Stage Notes playlists are available here.


Known as "the ghost singer," Marni Nixon was an American soprano and playback singer for featured actresses in movie musicals.


This week's program will showcase a mixture of new and old Broadway tunes.  If you have one you'd like to hear, tweet Robert @StageNotes. 


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.


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


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


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.


  • 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

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.