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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.


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


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. 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

Groundhog Day


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.


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

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.

Join Host Robert Hammond and his guest, Tony and Grammy nominated Michael Cavanaugh.Michael was handpicked by Billy Joel to play the Piano Man in Joel’s smash hit Broadway musical Movin’ Out.  Since then, Cavanaugh has been dubbed “the other Billy Joel.”  He’ll perform some of your favorite Billy Joel and Elton John songs live in studio on Stage Notes.


It's an Oscar party on Stage Notes!

Join host Robert Hammond as he showcases all the songs that are nominated for best original song. The nominees  are:

"Audition (The Fools Who Dream)" from La La Land - Music by Justin Hurwitz; Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul


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. Join host Robert Hammond as features songs from musicals that are filled with big dance numbers, including “Shall We Dance,” “Dance at the Gym," and “Times Square Ballet.”