HUNTLEY – Frank Roberts, artistic director of Music On Stage theater company, will be the featured guest for Rikki Lee Travolta’s weekly radio program, "It’s Showtime with Rikki Lee," airing at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, on 101.5 FM WHRU-LP.
For those outside the listening area, "It’s Showtime with Rikki Lee" can be livestreamed at www.HuntleyRadio.com.
Music On Stage is a theater company founded in 1957, and is based out of Palatine, a news release stated. Roberts’ association with Music On Stage began in 1993, when he played the role of Marcus Lycus in "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum." After years of serving the company as a stage director, stage manager and set designer, Roberts was named artistic director and resident director in 2013.
For the Oct. 9 interview, Roberts and Travolta are scheduled to discuss Roberts’ unique directing style, which has led Music On Stage to be described as one of the top-tier theater companies in the suburban Chicago area, the release stated. Roberts also will give advice to young directors and actors starting out in the business. Additionally, Travolta and Roberts will discuss how the current COVID-19 pandemic has affected live theater as we know it.
The Roberts interview is part of a comprehensive series of discussions Travolta is having with representatives of different professions within the entertainment industry. For his “Grow With a Pro” interview series on the radio program, Travolta has interviewed entertainment professionals ranging from headshot photographers to fight choreographers.
Past episodes of "It’s Showtime with Rikki Lee" are available as podcasts at huntleyradio.com/hcr/its-showtime-with-rikki-lee.
Aside from his position as radio host, Travolta has worked throughout the U.S. as both an actor and director. He was the first celebrity guest star in "Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding" – starting out in the Chicago area and then branching out to revive ticket sales in productions across the country. In 2005, he was named alongside Donny Osmond and Patrick Cassidy as one of the Top Three Headliners in the World for the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice musical "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," the release stated. He has numerous film and television credits, and has hosted "It’s Showtime with Rikki Lee" since 2016.