Show Tunes with Kate Botello

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!

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Welcome to Episode 39 - the Season Three Finale! - of Show Tunes with Kate Botello.  Coming up: it’s our Audience Appreciation Special! We asked, you answered - and tonight we’ve got a pile of YOUR favorite show tunes. At Intermission, we’ll talk with Rene Ruiz, founder of Toxic Audio, about combining the worlds of a capella singing and theatre.

Click through for this week's playlist and a beautiful video of Jake Gyllenhaal from the new production of SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE.


Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne
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Welcome to Episode 38 - our Valentine's Edition! - of Show Tunes with Kate Botello. Coming up: love, musical theatre style, from First Date to Fond Memory! At Intermission, a few lesser-known takes on Romeo and Juliet that might be new to you. In Act Two: famous Valentines of the theatrical variety.

Click through for this week's playlist and a rare movie clip of Broadway legends Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne.


Welcome to Episode 37 of Show Tunes with Kate Botello! Coming up: two types of princesses. We’ll hear Cinderella stories - then slap some Icy Hot on your teeth for tunes about beauty pageants! Speaking of princess, at Intermission our friend Julie Garnye will be here to talk about the Los Angeles theatre scene and her role as a Disney Queen! In Act Two, surprisingly good performances from actors who weren’t really known as singers before they landed a big role in a movie musical.

Click through for this week's playlist and a couple of bonus videos of divas in action!

Welcome to Episode 36 of Show Tunes with Kate Botello! Coming up: when rock stars make musical theatre, the shows tend to either be soaring successes or massive flops. We’ll hear from both. At Intermission, why actors won’t say the FORBIDDEN WORD - and other superstitions for theatre types. In Act Two, we’ll hear from some hugely successful, long-running shows, both of which are kind of surprising.

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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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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 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.

Click through for this week's playlist and our featured video clip: Lauren Bacall goes wild!

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.  

Click through for this week's playlist and a clip of some 50's hipster choreography at its best!


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.

Click through for this week's playlist and a clip of a gorgeous production number from SOPHISTICATED LADIES!


Natalie Douglas HUMAN HEART
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Welcome to Episode 20 of Show Tunes with Kate Botello! Coming up: Good morning, Starshine! We’ve got some wonderful wake-ups. At Intermission, we (sort of) have tea with our friend, cabaret star Natalie Douglas. We chat about her latest album, HUMAN HEART. How do you assemble twelve songs from a huge collection of music into one cohesive work? She'll guide us through her approach and then rip our hearts out in the good way with the album's title song from ONCE ON THIS ISLAND.

In Act Two - one song, three ways; and Cast Party host Jim Caruso joins us in a tribute to legendary performer Julie Wilson. Click through for this week's playlist and a clip of Julie's signature number.


Show Tunes with Kate Botello - Episode 19 - Mixed Bag
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Welcome to Episode 19 of Show Tunes with Kate Botello! Coming up  - it’s a mixed bag! We shopped the shelves of our record collection and pulled material that looks interesting but hasn’t made it onto the show yet. We found some real gems!

Click through for this week's playlist and a clip of the delightful Tommy Tune in action.


Welcome to Episode 18 of Show Tunes with Kate Botello! Coming up - let’s dance! We’ll get groovy with some 60’s and 70’s rock musicals and then tap our way into the hearts of millions with hot tunes for hoofers.  Shine up your shoes and let down your hai-hai hai-hai-hai hai-hai hair! At Intermission - scathing critics reviews of shows we all thought were pretty good! - And in Act II, some favorites by composer Jason Robert Brown.

Click through for this week's playlist, some bonus toe-tapping action, and to find out how to hear your voice on the show!

Tune in to Classical IPR Sunday nights at 7pm, or listen to all our episodes here!


Megan Hilty as Doralee (our, "Backwoods Barbie,") and Allison Janney as Violet in 9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL
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Welcome to Episode 17 of Show Tunes with Kate Botello! This week - it's a matter of patter and light with a little country-western thrown in to boot. At Intermission - a great casting story and some sound advice from our friend Michael Mastroddi.

Tune in to Classical IPR Sunday nights at 7pm, or listen to all our episodes here!

Click through for this week's playlist, a bonus video of a performer in action, and to find out how to hear your voice on the show!


Welcome to Episode 16 of Show Tunes with Kate Botello! This week: spring is here - at least according to clocks and official types. And nobody gets the whole spring thing better than Rodgers and Hammerstein...or Rodgers and Hart!

We’ll hear tunes from a couple of current hits, and  - at Intermission - FORBIDDEN BROADWAY goes after LES MISERABLES not once - but twice!

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


Morgan James
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Welcome to Episode 15 of Show Tunes with Kate Botello! This week: we’ll throw our Irish friends a little St. Patrick’s Day love and throw the rest of our friends a little platonic love. At Intermission, Broadway star Morgan James is currently on tour as a singer-songwriter. She dropped by our studios to talk a bit about her work as a singer, and to tell us a story of some brave and wonderful love from her castmates in the revival of GODSPELL.

Tune in to Classical IPR Sunday nights at 7pm, or listen to all our episodes here!

Click through for this week's playlist, a gorgeous dance routine, and to find out how to make a request or hear your voice on the show!


Welcome to Episode 14 of Show Tunes with Kate Botello! Coming up on the show - songs for scurvy pirates and corporate sharks and hits from Broadway Blockbusters. At Intermission, our friend Mary Jo West explains why love songs and Dr. Pepper don’t mix.

 

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

 

 

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!

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