Kate Botello

Music Host and Producer

Kate comes to Northern Michigan via New York City, where she was a freelance actor, singer and playwright, appearing Off-Broadway as Judy Garland in the underground hit, Christmas with the Crawfords. She wrote and starred in several Judy Garland-themed productions, including Judy’s Christmas Garland and Judy Garland and Uninvited Company -- for which she was nominated for a Nightlife Award and won a Backstage Bistro award.

Before her time in New York, Kate was one of the founding on-air personalities for ZDTV, a national television network (later to become TechTV). There, she hosted "The Screen Savers," a live daily call-in show co-starring tech guru Leo Laporte, as well as "Extended Play," a show about videogames and the gaming industry with cohost Adam Sessler. She also puppeteered and provided the voice for Tilde, the network’s "virtual host" - work for which she won an Emmy Award.

Kate Botello has lived in Traverse City, Michigan since 2005, and is delighted by the huge amount of talent and art available to people in our area. She directed and starred in many productions for the Old Town Playhouse and Young Company, and led the OTP's Summer Performing Arts Camp for four years. Kate has even had a chance to make a few dreams come true, including hosting live "Sing-a-Long" events at the State Theatre, narrating stories with the Traverse Symphony Orchestra and serving as the official "Word Pronouncer" for the Traverse City County and Regional Spelling Bees. 

Kate brings a lifetime love of classical music to IPR, and is thrilled by discoveries of beautiful pieces, new and old, to share with you.

Ways to Connect

Christopher Williams is a choreographer, dancer, puppeteer and performance artist. Moving beyond simple dance steps, he calls himself an, "alchemist." He's just completed a residency at Interlochen Arts Academy preparing students for a challenging, innovative performance. IPR's Kate Botello sat down to talk with Christopher about his philosophy of movement and his project with the students.

Hear the project's accompanying music, "So Far, So Good," by composer Nico Muhly  - after the jump.


Have you had a chance to hear SHOW TUNES WITH KATE BOTELLO on Classical IPR? If not, now's your chance to catch up!

Show Tunes with Kate Botello is a weekly program highlighting the best of Broadway (and sometimes beyond)! We'll hear classic selections from our trove of Tony-winning vinyl records, and up-to-the-moment hits.

While the Musical Theatre Elves are hard at work on Season Two, we're giving you another chance to hear the first season. Tune in Sunday nights at 7pm on Classical IPR, or hear the entire archive right here. 

Season Two of SHOW TUNES WITH KATE BOTELLO launches March 7th on Classical IPR!

Lately, you've been asking - "What happened to Jim Cullum's Riverwalk Jazz on Saturday nights?"

We know that many of you loved the show, as did we!

Unfortunately, Riverwalk Jazz is no longer being distributed by Public Radio International.  There is, however, great news for Riverwalk fans: they've made every episode of the show available for you to stream any time you like!

Reconnect with Riverwalk Jazz : http://riverwalkjazz.stanford.edu/.

The Academy Awards are coming up on February 28, and it's your turn to pick a winner!

Five films have been nominated for the Best Musical Score Oscar - which is your favorite? Listen to the scores and vote for the one YOU think should win the Oscar this year.  See how your pick measures up with Academy voters!

Click through for links to the scores, and to vote in our poll!

UPDATE! You and the Academy have spoken - click to see the results!

Welcome to Episode 13 of Show Tunes with Kate Botello! Coming up: music in the family way, viewpoints on America, and a little Barbra goes down like buttah. At Intermission - SOUTH PACIFIC becomes South Pathetic in a war story from our friend Michael Burditt Norton! Tune in to Classical IPR Sunday night at 7pm, or listen any time right here.

 

Click through to see this week's playlist and find out how to hear your voice on the show!

 


Welcome to Episode 12 of Show Tunes with Kate Botello! Coming up on this week’s show: One ringy-dingy! - songs about the telephone, a tribute to Jerome Kern, and a listener’s ANNIE war story at Intermission.

 

Tune in to Classical IPR Sunday night at 7pm, or listen any time right here.

Click through to see this week's playlist and find out how to hear your voice on the show!


Welcome to Episode 11 of Show Tunes with Kate Botello! Coming up: tuneful exposition and Broadway shows that were hits before they hit the stage. Then -  many flavas of Eva - different powerhouses sing Eva Peron at Intermission. Click through to see this week's playlist and find out how to hear your voice on the show.

 


Welcome to Episode Ten of Show Tunes with Kate Botello! This week - the Holiday Show! It's an hour of holiday treats from all over Broadway. We’ll hear tunes both jolly and sentimental, some from unexpected places. At Intermission, we’ll have a chat with our friend Nate Patten, who just opened the holiday run of ELF at Madison Square Garden.

Tune in to Classical IPR Sunday night at 7pm, or listen any time right here.

Click through to see this week's playlist, watch a show-stopping dance number and find out how to hear your voice on the show!

 


Welcome to Episode Nine of Show Tunes with Kate Botello! Coming up: stressful school days, some dance-tastic '50s, and Broadway, Disney Style! At Intermission, our friend Matt Wiliford talks some techie turkey, and shares a backstage war story from BRIGADOON. Click through to see this week's playlist and find out how to hear your voice on the show!


Kyle Novy will embark on a 52-song music project in 2016.
Kyle Novy

Kyle Novy is a singer-songwriter who teaches at Interlochen Arts Academy, and he’s embarked on an ambitious music project called Mount Valor.

Kyle sees himself as offering some alternatives to the often times, shallow pop music of today. His goal is to write songs that have a rich depth of meaning and that peer above the fray. Stylistically, he’ll be all across the board— from piano ballads, to folk music, to what he calls journeying songs, with sweeping string sections and tom-tom drums. 

During a recent crowdfunding campaign, Kyle raised over $22,000 dollars from fans, and people who believe in his vision as an artist.

Kyle says often times today, artists are simply viewed as entertainers. And while he says he doesn’t have a problem with people who are focused on entertaining others, that’s not his ultimate goal.


Welcome to Episode Eight of Show Tunes with Kate Botello! This week: Pre-War Broadway, love as a royal pain and, at Intermission - we never will forget Jeanette McDonald! Plus - poll results are in - we'll hear your pick from our bouquet of famous Mama Roses. Tune in to Classical IPR Sunday night at 7pm, or listen any time right here.

Click through for this week's playlist and find out how to hear your voice on the show!


When Joseph Morrissey took the position of Director of Dance at Interlochen Arts Academy earlier this year, one of the shows he was most excited about producing was The Nutcracker.

“One of the first things I asked about is, ‘Do you have a Nutcracker?’ And they said, ‘Not only do we have a Nutcracker, but we’re building a brand new set.’”

Morrissey has high ambitions for this classic, and wants to make sure it appeals to a variety of audiences. He says there are a lot of different elements—  romance, comedy, and some suspense. 

“Especially with the mice,” says Morrissey. “They are supposed to be scary— they are the conflict of the story. But we also have to keep in mind this is a holiday production. So, there is a lot of comedy as well,” he says. 

 


Welcome to Episode Seven of Show Tunes with Kate Botello! Coming up this week: The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Mama Issues, and at Intermission - a bouquet of famous Roses.

Click through to see this week's playlist and find out how to hear your voice on the show. We've got a poll, too! Sing out, Louise! Make your voice heard!


Welcome to Episode Six of Show Tunes with Kate Botello! Coming up this week: happiness, work and Hedwig! We'll have a talk and hear some music from Michael Burditt Norton, currently starring in a production of HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, in this week's Intermission. Tune in to Classical IPR at 7pm Sunday night, or listen any time right here.

Click through to see this week's playlist, and find out how you can hear your voice on the show!

Welcome to Episode Five of Show Tunes with Kate Botello! This week: the Ghostess with the Mostess, almost-love songs, and a revealing Musical Theatre War Story from our friend Mary Jo West. Tune in to Classical IPR Sunday night at 7pm, or listen any time right here.

Click through to see this week's playlist and find out how to hear your voice on the show!


Welcome to Episode Four of Show Tunes with Kate Botello! Coming up this week: CATS in far-flung places, a bit of The Bard, and we throw some love to the intrepid Broadway chorus. Tune in to Classical IPR Sunday night at 7pm or listen anytime right here.

Click through to see this week's playlist and find out how you can hear your voice on the show!


Aaron Selbig

Meet Travis Duncan, manager of the Swamp of Suffering. That's the main attraction at Screams In the Dark, a big haunted house set up on the county fairgrounds near Traverse City.

Duncan plays a zombie that’s dressed as a member of a SWAT team. He and his small army of volunteers see themselves as something resembling a theatre troupe.

“This whole idea is to set up an illusion that you’re actually in a swamp," says Duncan. "You’re in a mausoleum, you’re in a graveyard. So we try to keep people in character so they can give that illusion and keep that illusion up.”

Welcome to Episode Three of Show Tunes with Kate Botello! This week: three communication issues, two very different takes on doo-wop, and one really special guest! We lucked out and got the brilliant Ana Gasteyer into the studio. She has some great war stories and the inside take on playing Elphaba in WICKED, and will sing us an iconic song from that show in a new way during Intermission.  Tune in Sunday night at 7pm on Classical IPR, or listen any time right here!

Click through to see this week's playlist and find out how to hear your own story on the show!


Welcome to Episode 2 of Show Tunes with Kate Botello!

Click through to see this week's playlist, watch a fabulous dance routine and find out how to hear your voice on the show.


You may know Ana Gasteyer from her six years on Saturday Night Live, or from the movies, Broadway, or the TV show Suburbia. She's performing tonight at 7:30 at Interlochen Center for the Arts, in a show based around her album, I'm Hip.  We asked Ana to pick out a couple of her favorite tracks for the album and tell us more about the music.

To see Ana Gasteyer tonight, visit: tickets.interlochen.org.


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