"Smash" Brings Broadway to TV

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Wednesday, February 01, 2012

NBC is banking on a new workplace drama – but it isn’t about doctors or detectives. Today: The real-life Broadway veterans who make up the cast and crew of “Smash"... including Megan Hilty of "Wicked" and "9-5: The Musical" and Tony-winning composer Marc Shaiman. Plus: Some live "hardcore folk" music from Poland's Warsaw Village Band.

NBC Hopes for a "Smash"

It just might be next big workplace television drama – but it isn’t about doctors or detectives. Aspiring Broadway stars are at the center of the new NBC drama "Smash," which premieres next Monday. Joining us from the Steven Spielberg production is former "Wicked" lead Megan Hilty – who plays the role of aspiring Broadway star “Ivy Lynn" - and Grammy and Tony Award winner Marc Shaiman, one half of the songwriting team behind the show.

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Supercollectors: Magazines

In an ongoing crowdsourcing experiment called "Supercollectors," Soundcheck is searching the galaxy for people with massive collections of music and music-related stuff. One listener tipped us off to his British friend James Hyman, who owns more than 30,000 magazines (not counting duplicates) stored in warehouse in north London.

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Warsaw Village Band: In Studio

“Hardcore folk.” That’s how Warsaw Village Band describes their rollicking blend of traditional Polish songs, dances and instruments with rock and electronica. Now they’re joining forces with NY composer Andy Teirstein for a new music/theater piece. They’ll play live in our studio.

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Bonus Track: Warsaw Village Band

When the Warsaw Village Band played live in the studio, we couldn't resist their "hardcore folk" sound. So after the show, we asked them to stick around to play us another song. Now, you can hear it too! Take a listen to "In The Forest" -- a traditional love song with an seriously danceable beat.


Gig Alert: Joe Henry

Veteran roots singer-songwriter Joe Henry performs with Marc Ribot at the City Winery on Wednesday night. Download his bluesy single "Odetta."


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