Stage Left

Brought to you by KDHX FM 88.1, St. Louis, Missouri, USA

2003 playlists and schedule

Top Albums of 2003


  • January 10 - New and Improved:The new year begins with some new releases, including the cast recording from the revival of Man of La Mancha with Brian Stokes Mitchell.
  • January 24 - Arms and the Man: As Washington Chickenhawk Productions presents endless trailers for Desert Storm II: Clone of the Attack, it seems only appropriate to listen to music from recent war films.


  • February 7 - Black Light: In honor of Black History Month, a program featuring the music of Eubie Blake (born February 7, 1883) and Louis Jordan (who died on February 4, 1975).
  • February 21 - Less Mis: Les Miserables will end its 16-year run on Broadway this May. We talk with Dallyn Vail Bayles who will be appearing with the curent tour of Les Miserables which plays St. Louis February 18 - 23 and play music from the show. Also: music from the classic TV series The Prisoner, recently released on the Silva Screen label.


  • March 7 - New and Improved: Another sampling of new releases, including music from the soundtrack of The Life of David Gale, a disc of the film and television music of Debbie Wiseman, cabaret songs by Ute Lemper, songs from The Lord of the Rings, Brent Barrett's tribute to Alan Jay Lerner, and a re-issue of the 1998 recording of St. Louis Woman. All this and Mae West, too!
  • March 21 - It Don't Come Cheap: Our spring pledge drive show, with songs about what we're asking for from you: money. Call 314-664-3688 to become a member of FM88 and take advantage of the special premiums available during Stage Left.



  • May 2 - The Red Blues: The Commie Menace on the musical stage.
  • May 16 - New and Improved: Another survey of new releases, including RCA's Ultimate Broadway 2 collection, the original cast recording of Carmen Jones (Oscar Hammerstein II's adaptation of Bizet's Carmen, set in World War II America), the original cast recording of 1964's I Had a Ball (the first and only musical comedy starring comic Buddy Hackett) and the world premiere release of music from the cult TV series Thunderbirds.
  • May 30 - Where There's Life: Stage, screen and radio star Bob Hope celebrates his 100th birthday on May 29th. Stage Left does its part with some classic musical and comedic moments from Hope's films and radio shows. Guest stars include Dorothy Lamour, Bing Crosby, Judy Garland and Jimmy Durante.


  • June 13 - One-Hit Wonders: Composers, lyricists and authors who hit it big once and then faded from the musical theatre scene. We'll hear music by Carol Hall (The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, on stage at New Line Theatre through June 28th), Sherman Edwards (1776, on stage at Stages through June 29th), Mitch Leigh and Joe Darion (Man of La Mancha) and Meredith Willson (The Music Man), among others.
  • June 27 - New and Improved: Another survey of new releases, including the original cast recording of the show that won the Tony for Best Revival, Nine.


  • July 11 - Beautiful Losers: More new releases, this time featuring three shows that were only modest success (well, actually, one was pretty much a flop) on Broadway.
  • July 25 - Now Showing: Some current film soundtracks: the James Bond parody Johnny English, the animated swashbuckler Sinbad, Legend of the Seven Seas and Seabiscuit.


  • August 8 - Brown Bag: Music by one of the "new generation" of theatre composers, Jason Robert Brown.
  • August 22 - New and Improved: Yet more new releases, including Andrew Lloyd Webber's Tell Me On a Sunday, the original London cast of Sail Away with Elaine Stritch and a new cabaret disk by Christine Andreas.


  • September 5 - Join the Circus: Cirque du Soliel is in town and we celebrate with music from their film Journey of Man, along with music from St. Louis' own Circus Flora and the original Broadway cast of Barnum.
  • September 19 - Forward Into the Past!: A program of new stuff based on old stuff, including the original cast recording of Hank Williams' Lost Highway and a new disc of Jo Stafford hits spanning the peak years of her career (1940 - 1955).


  • October 3 - Give Me Your Money: Yes, it's the semi-annual pledge drive show, with songs from Avenue Q, Chicago, Das Barbecü and the film version of Sweet Charity
  • October 17 - What's New? Yet another look at some new releases, including the William Finn's Elegies and Victor Young's Seventh Heaven from 1955.
  • October 31 - Scary Movies: Our annual salute to Hallowe'en, this time with music from monster, horror and other types of scary movies.


  • November 14 - Ladies' Night: New solo CDs by women, including a pre-release edition of Andea Marcovicci's Cole Porter disc.
  • November 28 - Everything Old is New Again: A look at new re-releases of classic shows, including How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and a deluxe set combining both the Off-Broadway and Broadway cast recordings of Hair.


NOTE: Effective January 7th, 2004, Stage Left expanded to one hour and moved to alternate Wednesdays from 7 to 8 PM.

Questions? Comments? Write to Chuck Lavazzi at

Valid HTML 4.01!