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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.

Join Host Robert Hammond and his guest, Mark Cuddy, Artistic Director of Geva Theatre Center. They'll discuss the '16 '17 season lineup of shows on both the Wilson and Fielding Stages at Geva Theatre Center.  Unlike past seasons, this one includes four musicals, beginning with A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (through November 6) and Million Dollar Quartet (May 30-June 25). Full season available at

Prior to the airing of PBS' documentary Hamilton's America on WXXI TV, Friday, October 21 at 9 p.m., join host Robert Hammond and his guest Ralph Meranto, Artistic Director of the Jewish Community Center's  CenterStage. They'll discuss the documentary and the historical aspects of the musical and why it's the hardest ticket to get on Broadway. Hamilton received a record-setting 16 Tony Award nominations, winning 11, including best musical. In addition, it was the recipient of the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album and the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

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.

Monday, October 17 from 7pm to 9pm at the Little Theatre (240 East Avenue), is free and open to the public.

Join WXXI for its PBS Fall Festival Screening Event, featuring specially selected clips from the Great Performances documentary film, Hamilton's America, and other art programs in the PBS Fall Festival line-up It will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Robert Hammond, host of Stage Notes on Classical 91.5.

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.

You might not know Marni Nixon's name, but you've probably heard her. The singer dubbed the voices for Deborah Kerr in The King and I, Natalie Wood in West Side Story, and Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady — three of Hollywood's biggest movie musicals. She died of breast cancer a few weeks ago. She was 86. Join host Robert Hammond as he pays tribute to Marni Nixon.

Hot! Hot! Hot! Broadway 08/20/16

Sep 7, 2016

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.