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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.


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.”


For more than a century, Broadway musicals have captured the hearts of theater lovers, but beyond the razzle-dazzle and spectacle, it’s the emotional numbers at the heart of shows that make them special to us.

Plenty of musicals explore love, whether it’s messy, unrequited, passionate or toxic.  In honor of Valentine’s Day, host Robert Hammond has assembled some romantic Broadway numbers that celebrate the beauty of love from musicals across the ages.

The international, off-Broadway, hit musical revue, Naked Boys Singing!, a Tim Evanicki production, is now in Rochester at Downstairs Cabaret Theatre Windsor location through February 14.

Join Host Robert Hammond and a couple of the boys for this week’s fully clothed edition of Stage Notes.  In addition to playing a few songs from the show, Robert will ask the boys some probing questions.


Although the song, Welcome to the Sixties,  from the Broadway musical Hairspray, that opened on the Great White Way in 2002, it takes place in 1962 Baltimore, Maryland. Hairspray is a social commentary on the injustices of parts of American society in the 1960s.


Director Bob Fosse categorized many songs from musicals as either “I want” or “I am” songs. According to him, in “I want” songs the main character announces what’s most important to him or her. The musical’s major project is usually then to follow this character on his or her journey towards the fulfillment (or non-fulfillment) of that goal. Broadway veteran Kyle Dean Massey, in the title role of Pippin (new Broadway company), will discuss "Corner of the Sky," the big "I want" song from Pippin.


Join host Robert Hammond for a special New Year's Eve edition of Stage Notes, including part two if his interview with Amy Grant, who is coming to Rochester January 7 to perform with your Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. She'll be singing songs from, as she told Robert, "The eighties, nineties, and this century." You can be sure "Baby, Baby" and "Every Heartbeat" (video below) will be part of the program, and maybe even a couple of holiday songs from her new Christmas CD, Tennessee Christmas.