Show Tunes with Kate Botello

Sunday evenings, 7-8pm

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.

Did you spend some time on the boards yourself? We'd love to hear your Musical Theatre War Stories - and share them on the air! Tell us about your biggest triumphs, your catastrophic failures, your near-misses and brilliant saves.  Call the IPR Comment line at 231-276-4444 and leave your story on our answering machine. We'd also love to hear your Show Tune requests so we can play your favorites.

Many thanks to generous IPR donor Ted Braciak for donating his incredible record collection - you'll be hearing lots of it on our show!

Don't miss Show Tunes with Kate Botello, Sunday evenings from 7-8pm on Classical IPR!

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Welcome to Episode 35 of Show Tunes with Kate Botello! Coming up: musical matchmaking and upcoming openings. At Intermission, a stern but hilarious lesson in social media etiquette from Nate Patten and Cam Collins, hosts of the theatre podcast, #BookedIt. In Act Two - ever been so moved you called your loved one’s name in song? These people have.

 

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Welcome to Episode 34 of Show Tunes with Kate Botello! Coming up: we’re just into the new year, so we want to look back at some of the best shows that came out in 2016. We’ll revisit some numbers that we’ve played in previous episodes, and hear a few that we haven’t heard yet. The wayback machine will stay on for Intermission, with a look at classic shows with bad reviews.

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Coming up: We’re throwing a New Year’s party, complete with cocktails, dancing, revelry...and regrets. If you’re auditioning for musical theatre these days, take notes at Intermission - we’ll have a list of songs that casting directors do NOT want to hear - and offer you a few alternatives. In Act Two - the Morning After.

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Welcome to Episode 32 of Show Tunes with Kate Botello! Coming up: we’ll get into War and Peace with Josh Groban, go to Paris, and try to age gracefully. Or not. We’ll check in with some of the shows of the moment, and, at Intermission, bend your brain a bit with some Broadway trivia.

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Welcome to Episode 31 of Show Tunes with Kate Botello! Coming up - tunes for TV! And - speaking of TV, if you missed the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade broadcast, never fear! We’ll highlight the Broadway shows featured this year. At Intermission, we’ll talk with director Donna Drake. She’ll tell us the story of how she came to be one of the original cast members of A CHORUS LINE. In Act Two, we’ll answer last week’s trivia question and give you a new one to peruse.

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Welcome to Episode 30 of Show Tunes with Kate Botello! Coming up: three early hits for legendary combo Lerner and Loewe. Then, we’ll hear from shows running right now. At Intermission, a tribute to the late, great, Elaine Stritch. In Act Two, we’ll hear some new renditions of evergreen songs from THE WIZARD OF OZ.

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Welcome to Episode 20 of Show Tunes with Kate Botello - and Happy Halloween! We highlight the spooky and the kooky of Broadway and beyond. At Intermission: Worst show ever, or best show ever? When it comes to DANCE OF THE VAMPIRES, Natalie Douglas isn't quite sure.

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Welcome to Episode 28 of Show Tunes with Kate Botello! Coming up: foodies, take note. We’ve got a smorgasbord of food-related tunes coming your way. Then, some odes to the trials and joys of being alive. At Intermission, musical director Brian Nash stops by to tell us a story about a Broadway legend from one of his many fascinating gigs, and we’ll hear a cut from his album, Forever After.

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Welcome to Episode 27 - the Season Three premiere of Show Tunes with Kate Botello! Tonight: neighbors, pesky and otherwise, and we’ll hear some songs about a hot button issue - the telephone. Then, a it’s a WICKED intermission! We’ll talk with the lovely Emily Koch, who just wrapped up her turn as Elphaba in the national tour of WICKED. In Act Two: feeling down? Need a boost to your self esteem? We’ve got you covered.

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Welcome to Episdoe 26 - the special Season Two Finale of Show Tunes with Kate Botello! Tonight - we throw our format out the window of the legendary Birdland Jazz Club in midtown Manhattan. It’s a Sophisticated Reunion with Terri Klausner, Ty Stephens and Valarie Pettiford - all original cast members of 1981’s Best Musical - SOPHISTICATED LADIES.

After a sophisticated introduction, we’ll hear highlights from their incredible careers. Tonight’s show will be presented in its entirety, without Intermission, due to an excess of excellence.

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Welcome to Episode 25 of Show Tunes with Kate Botello! Coming up: theatre types and fantastic flops. At Intermission - we'll time-travel to the 70's, when Broadway got groovy with some funky disco covers.

In Act Two, we'll hear some Tony nominees!

Click through for this week's playlist and a delightfully wry clip of Lauren Bacall as Margo Channing in APPLAUSE (the 1970 musical of ALL ABOUT EVE).

  

Welcome to Episode 24 of Show Tunes with Kate Botello! Coming up - theatre is murder - we’ll hear from some musical whodunits. We’ll hear a couple of more songs from this year’s Tony-nominated shows, and at Intermission - talk about a few mysterious Tony snubs. In Act Two, grab a rose to throw between your teeth, because tonight… we tango.  

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Welcome to Episode 23 of Show Tunes with Kate Botello! Coming up- a salute to Mr. Broadway, George M. Cohan. And  - for the first time in Tony history, five shows are up for Best Musical this year. We’ll hear from three of them. At Intermission, our friend Bill Church suffers for his art. In Act Two, we’ll get play dress- up with Little Edie, an Egyptian princess, and a comic legend.

 

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Coming up: two works by writer, director and performer Melvin Van Peebles. And - what happens when Chekhov’s gun explodes? Our friend Joe Levesque will tell us at Intermission. In Act Two, big-selling boots, successful psychos, and..nuns? Sure, why not.

 

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Welcome to Episode 21 of Show Tunes with Kate Botello! Coming up: his n' hers, and three branches of an apple tree. At Intermission - High School Musical! - we'll hang out with a theatre kid from the tiny town of Elk Rapids, Michigan.  

In Act Two, everybody's over it - and determined to make it better right now.

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