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Hosted by the acclaimed Austin singing actress Mela Dailey and renown critic Robert Faires, this show celebrates some of the greatest artists ever to be associated with the Great White Way. Each music-filled episode spotlights an iconic performer or personality who has defined classic American musical theater. From Judy Garland to Audra McDonald, Brian Stokes Mitchell to Stephen Sondheim, Icons of Broadway will feature great recordings of some of the most magical moments in music history, examining the course of artists’ roles and careers in one or two weekly episodes.   

As an added highlight of the series, each week Mela Dailey and special guest performers will treat listeners to one of these great Broadway songs recorded live in the KMFA studios.

Mela Dailey


Mela Dailey


HOST  - Mela Dailey

Mela (mee-la) Dailey is an acclaimed Austin-based singer and actress. She has received recognition in a wide variety of musical genres including opera, oratorio, art song, musical theater, vocal jazz, gospel, country, and popular music. Her professional debut took place in 2003 at Carnegie Hall with the Grammy Award winning Conspirare Company of Voices directed by Craig Hella Johnson, a group with whom she also records for the Harmonia Mundi label. Find out more about Mela on her website, meladailey.com.

Robert Faires


Robert Faires


HOST - ROBERT FAIRES


ROBERT FAIRES is Arts Editor for The Austin Chronicle, where he has been covering the city’s cultural scene for 30 years. In 2011, American Theatre Magazine named him to a list of 12 of the nation's most influential theatre critics, and his writing and criticism have also been recognized with awards from the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies. He was voted Best Media Critic in the Austin Chronicle's Best of Austin Readers Poll for 2006. He has also conducted live onstage interviews with composer Stephen Sondheim, actress Susan Sarandon, playwright David Mamet, director Peter Bogdanovich, and Nobel Prize-winning physicist Steven WeinbergIn addition to his work as an arts journalist, he is a practicing theatre artist, and since 1980, he has worked on more than 75 theatrical productions across the city as an actor, director, and writer. In 2009, he realized a 20-year dream by performing a solo version of Henry V that he conceived and adapted. The premiere, mounted by Red Then Productions, was recognized with the Austin Critics Table's Mt. Everest Award and revived in 2014 in a co-production with Austin Shakespeare.  His acting and directing work have earned him awards from the Austin Critics Table and the Austin Circle of Theatres, and he's been honored by for his contributions to the local arts scene by ACoT and the Austin Visual Arts Association. He is married to the accomplished actress Barbara Chisholm.