This week Mel Larch shines her Curtain Call spotlight on the winner of the Tony Award for Best Play, instead of Best Musical, because this play, Stereophonic, has songs…and they’re by the guy from Arcade Fire!

Wednesday afternoon’s Curtain Call on The AIR follows an encore of the first two episodes of Beatles Blast (which airs at 2PM).

Last week Mel devoted her show to highlights from this year’s Best Musical, The Outsiders, and next week she’ll devote her show to 2024’s Tony winner for Best Revival of a Musical, Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along, but this week we’re doing something we’ve never had the chance to do on Curtain Call before.

This week we bring you highlights from the score of Stereophonic, which won the Tony Award for Best Play. Despite being a play, Sterophonic boasts a collection of songs written by Will Butler from the indie, critic’s darlings band, Arcade Fire. The play tells the story of a fictional rock band in the 1970s as they are in the studio, about to make it big.

As with any drama about romantic misadventures involving a rock band in the 1970s, comparisons to Fleetwood Mac are plentiful. Stereophonic set the record for most Tony nominations for a play, with 13 nods, and took home five Tonys, including one for Best Play.

Following the songs from the show, Mel presents excerpts from Richard Ridge’s Broadway World interview with Stereophonic cast member, Eli Gelb. He pulls back the curtain a bit and talks about the transition of Stereophonic from off-Broadway to Broadway, and the adjustments made along the way.

But this Wednesday at 3 PMCurtain Call will let you sample Stereophonic.  You can tune in at the website, or you could just stay right here and  listen to the convenient embedded radio player lurking elsewhere on this page.

Curtain Call can be heard on The AIR Wednesday at 3 PM, with replays Thursday at 8 AM, Friday at 10 AM, Saturday at 8 PM and Monday at 9 AM. A marathon of classic episodes can be heard Sunday evening starting at 6 PM, and an all-night marathon of Curtain Call episodes can be heard Wednesday nights, beginning at Midnight.