Broadway Bantering

Talk shows featuring Broadway stars are making news:

Cennarium Conversations has debuted, with Phantom of the Opera’s Sandra Joseph and Ron Bohmer on the first episode.

Taye Diggs (above), whose career began in Rent, will host the first three episodes of Stage’s Crossovers.

Performing arts streamer Cennarium plans monthly episodes of Conversations. Future guests have not been announced. The first hour is available free at Cennarium.com, although most other content on the service can only be seen via subscription. In the following clip, Joseph and Bohmer talk about making theater available via streaming services:

One such service is Stage, set to launch for free in August before transitioning into a pay service in October.

Stage’s offerings will include the half-hour show Crossovers, featuring performers who have excelled in both theater and one or more other media. Diggs, the host, meets that criteria. In addition to Broadway fame, he’s starred in TV’s Private Practice and such films as How Stella Got Her Groove Back. Diggs will also be in the upcoming Netflix romcom Set It Up. Names of the guests on Crossovers were not available at the time of this writing.

With Broadways’ Tony Awards right around the corner (on CBS, June 10) and all this chatter about theatrical talk, we’d be remiss if we failed to mention the granddaddy of such shows: public television’s 25-year-old weekly half-hour Theater Talk. Visit TheaterTalk.org for times and a list of stations where you can watch the show over the air via antenna. Or stream episodes via the show’s YouTube channel, including this week’s offering (below), which features two Tony-nominated actors from Tina Fey’s 12-time nominated musical Mean Girls:

 

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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