STATE OF THE ARTS (SOTA), the critically acclaimed weekly performing arts radio series which previously, since its May 31, 2010 premiere, aired live on Mondays from 4:00 – 4:50 pm PST on the LATalkRadio.com Network, is moving its weekly broadcast to Thursdays beginning Thursday, July 19, 2012, it was announced today by State of the Arts co-producer/co-hosts and theatre professionals Michael Sterling & Paul Stroili. Guests on July 19 will include TV, Broadway star and Tony Award nominee Christopher Sieber (Shrek The Musical, and co-star with George Hamilton in the U.S. National Tour of La Cage Aux Folles; and Film and Television star Esai Morales (La Bamba, NYPD Blue, Caprica – Syfy TV's prequel to the series Battlestar Galactica).
BREAKDOWN SERVICES continues to be the popular series' presenting sponsor. Performing Arts Live.com also continues its support of the State of the Arts Live Arts Calendar.
Gary Marsh launched Breakdown Services (www.breakdownexpress.com) in 1971, creating the process that is used around the world to cast feature films, television shows, commercials, theater and other projects that require actors. Since its inception, it has developed many other services for the industry, including the Virtual Channel Network (www.virtualchannelnetwork.com) that uses the power of the Internet to transmit original content developed specifically for members of the entertainment community. Actors use Breakdowns' Showfax service to obtain audition material at (www.showfax.com) as well as Actors Access (www.actorsaccess.com) that allows for actors to update their pictures, resume and demo reels to submit for specific roles posted at the request of casting directors, and CastingAbout (www.castingabout.com), an up-to-date source for real-time casting and production information in Los Angeles and New York. Other Breakdown Services companies include www.talentproplus.com and www.gobetween.com.
Invited by internet sensation LATalkRadio.com to join their on-air staple of personalities Sterling & Stroili created STATE OF THE ARTS to fill an ever-growing void in top tier media support for the performing arts. With emphasis on LA theatre, Broadway theatre, music and dance events, and select stage spectaculars, Sterling & Stroili will offer astute reviews, insightful discussions, a live arts calendar, and live interviews with celebrity guests, stars of the arts, and the creative teams behind them.
Courtesy of today's innovative broadcast technology, arts enthusiasts can "drop in" to listen to their favorite stars and the creative teams behind them ... anywhere at anytime. Whether at work or at home, in the car, or on a mobile phone; live or by downloads from the archives of LATalkRadio.com, and iTunes, STATE OF THE ARTS is the perfect platform for the performing arts. Simply put, the audience for streaming internet radio continues to grow daily in recordnumbers around the globe, while its far-reaching and friendly architecture has become the preference of numerous broadcast professionals. The energy and enthusiasm surrounding Sterling & Stroili's STATE OF THE ARTS has also brought a unique cache and hugely sizable listenership to the network's broad demographics.
Since its May 31, 2010 world premiere (and over 100 episodes later...) STATE OF THE ARTS has hosted such guests as Carol Channing (Hello Dolly) and Carol Lawrence (West Side Story); TV and motion pictures stars Jim O'Heir (Parks and Recreation) Richard Chamberlain (Dr. Kildare; Brothers & Sisters, Shogun), Mike Farrell (M*A*S*H), Lorenzo Lamas (Falcon Crest, Renegade, The Bold and the Beautiful), Dean Butler (Little House on the Prairie and Broadway's Into the Woods), Andrew Prine (Broadway's Look Homeward Angel, the Oscar-winning The Miracle Worker), Ed Asner (Mary Tyler Moore Show; Lou Grant), Sally Struthers (All in the Family), Lorenzo Lamas (Falcon Crest; Renegade), Michelle Clunie and Scott Lowell (Queer as Folk), Judy Norton and Mary McDonough (The Walton's), Denise Crosby (Star Trek: The Next Generation), Jennifer Stone (Disney TV's Wizards of Waverly Place), Jim Parrack (HBO's True Blood), Vicki Lewis (News Radio), and Gerald McCulloch (CSI); Motion Picture Stars – Academy Award winner George Chakiris (West Side Story), Academy Award nominee Russ Tamblyn (Peyton Place), Academy Award nominee Anne Archer (Fatal Attraction), Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange), Broadway's Lainie Kazan (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) and Tab Hunter (Damn Yankees); Broadway Tony Award Winners: Faith Prince (Guys and Dolls), John Lloyd Young (Jersey Boys), Michael Rupert (Sweet Charity, The Happy Time); Roger Bart (The Producers), Donna McKechnie (A Chorus Line); Sammy Williams (A Chorus Line), and such Broadway stars and performers as Bryonha Parham (Porgy and Bess), Leslie Margherita (Zorro the Musical), Derek Keeling (Million Dollar Quartet, Grease), Mary Jo Catlett (Hello Dolly, The Pajama Game), David Engel (La Cage Aux Folles), Larry Raben (The Producers), Leenya Rideout (War Horse), Davis Gaines (Phantom of the Opera), John Tartaglia (Avenue Q), David Burnham(The Light in the Piazza, Wicked), Jason Graae(It's a Grand Night for Singing), Danny Bolero (In the Heights), Juliana Hansen (Thoroughly Modern Millie, Les Miserables, Beauty and the Beast), Graham Fenton (Jersey Boys), Rex Smith (Grand Hotel, Pirates of Penance), Skylar Astin (Spring Awakening), Jenny O'Hara (Promises Promises), Nick Ullett (My One and Only); Composers such as Charles Fox (The Love Boat, Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley, Love American Style), and the award-winning Pop and Broadway composer Allee Willis (The Color Purple; I'll Be There for You - the television theme song from Friends), Choreographer Jerry Evans (Reba McEntyre, Barbra Streisand, Paula Abdul), Michael Orland (American Idol Associate Music Director), Olympic Champion Scott Hamilton and many others.