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CenterStage with Michael Kay is taped in NYC

YES Network's Popular Late Night Talk Show Is Shot in New York City.

CenterStage with Michael Kay
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CenterStage - Show Summary
CenterStage is an hour long, intimate, one-on-one interview TV show hosted by Emmy Award winning YES Network sports announcer Michael Kay. The show is broadcast on the YES Network and is shot in a small studio in New York City and follows a standard format of one-on-one interviewing style with a small studio audience. The audience is given the opportunity to ask the interviewee a question at the end of the show, which allows members of the public a level of access to famous sports stars that they would not normally get.

The show is transmitted on the YES network, which is owned by the New York Yankees. The shows format allows for a single guest for the whole show , which allows Kay to delve a little deeper with celebrities than the other run-of-the-mill TV yakkers in New York City. The guest choice is generally from the world of sports, as the YES Network is a sports channel after all, To keep the interviewee roster fresh, sports celebrities are switched out for other notable celebrities from the worlds of film, music, and TV.

Centerstage has been compared to a sports version of Inside The Actors Studio, but without the pretension.
The host is not compelled to move onto another guest and can focus their attention on one particular individual for the allotted show duration.The show is in three parts. The interview with Michael Kay is the first section and takes up ninety percent of the show. The Hit and Run section, where Kay asks the guests some rapid fire questions is the second section. The third section is where the audience gets to ask the guest some questions and rounds out the end of this TV show.
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Should you see CenterStage being taped in New York City?

Michael Kay host of CenterStage
  CenterStage on the YES Network tapes on a low budget, but that is OK , because you get to be up-close-and-personal with all kinds of sports and non-sports celebrities in a relaxed atmosphere. The show takes about ninety minutes to record, but you can anticipate being there for up to three hours in various lines and some waiting inside the studio. They do not provide drinks or food, so you should come suitably nourished. Bathroom breaks are allowed in between segments, when the commercials are inserted. People on the standby line usually get in, but if the celebrity brings a lot of their own guests, then both the ticket holders and the standby line do not get in, which is what happened on shows with Andy Pettitte and Derek Jeter. There is no-warm up comedian and the show feels quite dry, but it is still a great experience to see the show. Some interviews are boring and the guest shows it during the interview, like the infamous Rachael Ray interview, where she appears to fall asleep during the show. The celebrity guest and Michael Kay will usually stick around after the show taping to chat and sign autographs. Professional autograph hounds have been banned from the show , they are usually waiting outside when there is a big star at the show.
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  • Queen Latifah on CenterStage
Host Profile for Michael Kay   AMV Unitel Studio location   Get FREE tickets to CenterStage
Host Profile - Michael Kay
Michael Kay is a professional sports announcer and has been the Yankees' lead television play-by-play announcer since 2002. Kay spent a decade as a radio announcer with John Sterling at the New York City radio station WABC.

Kay started his professional career as a writer first at the New York Post in 1982 and later at The New York Yankees as a beat writer in 1987
TV Studio Location:
AMV Unitel Studio (Unitel 57)
515 West 57th Street
(Between 10th and 11th Avenues)
New York, NY 10019

How To Get To The Studio:
Take the A, C or 1 trains to 59th Street Columbus Circle and walk down 59th Street between 10th and 11th avenues to the studio.
Get FREE Tickets to CenterStage:
You can get FREE tickets to watch a taping of CenterStage by going on the YES Network website and registering for the listed show date. The short form requires your first and last name, email address and phone number. There is a limit of two tickets per person. You have the option of printing your tickets out, keep them on your phone or picking them up at check-in. For more information about getting tickets CLICK HERE
Noteworthy dates for CenterStage   Taping days for CenterStage   Studio Audience Casting CenterStage
Noteworthy Dates for This TV Show:
October 21, 2002: Premier of the first episode of CenterStage

January 28, 2007: Legendary NFL player Jerry Rice visits the show.

August 29, 2012: Comedian Tracy Morgan goes on CenterStage and delivers a hilarious interview with Michael Kay.

May 29, 2013: World-renowned tennis player Venus Williams comes on the show.
  When Does This Show Tape?
This show tapes two shows every Tuesday in the morning and in the afternoon. The morning show is at 10:30 AM and the afternoon show is at 1:00 PM.
However, the audience must be at the studio at least one hour prior, for guaranteed seating. It is suggested to arrive an hour and a half before the taping just in case there is a long line or you have to check in.

Taping Season:
CenterStage tapes 20 shows a year. The episodes are taped over a 10 week period.
  Studio Audience Casting
Because CenterStage is on the Yankees-owned YES network and tends to focus on sports celebrities, naturally the audience is heavy on men and sports fans. But the show does frequently spotlight non-sports stars, which opens up the demographic a bit.

The best case scenario, for any given episode, is that the audience is made up of fans of whoever Michael Kay is interviewing that day - especially since CenterStage allows the audience to ask questions at the end of the show.
Former Yankee players Willie Randolph and Mariano Rivera   Alex Rodriguez upset after scandal
Access To The Yankees' Roster
Because Centerstage is part of the YES Network (which stands for Yankees Entertainment & Sports Network) and is owned by the Yankees itself, the show has unfettered access to anyone inside the Yankees organization. This includes past and current players, managers and staff. The only difficulty with interviewing Yankees players is that many of the current players lack the big-name draw of former stars like Andy Pettitte, Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera.
  CenterStage Refuses To Interview Alex Rodriguez (AKA A-Rod)
Since A-Rod's doping scandal and subsequent re-inclusion into the Yankees roster it was indicated that A-Rod wanted to apologize to the fans on this Yankees show, but Yankees management avoided endorsing A-Rod in any way and refused the request.

They are putting him on the field to play ball because they are being forced to live up to their contractual agreement that did not provide a clause to cancel the contract for doping.

The Yankees organization are not allowing him to make any interviews or have any media coverage within the Yankees confines.
Huge Celebrities on CenterStage William Shatner and Carson Daly
Notable Famous Sports Personality Interviews:
Derek Jeter, Bill Parcells, Ray Lewis, Tom Watson, Cris Carter, Al Michaels, Andy Pettitte, David Wells, Mariano Rivera, Mark Messier, Wayne Gretzky, Julius Erving, Bobby Orr, Jimmy Connors, Earl Monroe, Tom Coughlin, Venus Williams, Kurt Warner, Jim Calhoun, Bud Selig, Greg Norman, Jim Abbott, Joe Torre, Shaquille O Neill, Joe Frazier, Larry Brown, Ray Lewis, Patrick Ewing, Martin Brodeur and Jim Brown.

Notable Famous Non-Sports Interviews:
James Caan, John Turturro, Jay-Z, Mike Tyson, Jay Mohr, Ray Romano, Carson Daly, Rob Reiner, Don Zimmer, Ron Howard, Rachael Ray, Billy Crystal, Richard Gere, Tracy Morgan, Charlie Sheen, John Cusack, Dan Rather, Matthew Broderick, Regis Philbin, Howie Mandel, William Shatner, Bobby Cannavale and Adam Sandler.
CenterStage Director and producers   Staff and Creative Team for CenterStage   CenterStage genre
Michael Cooney

Executive Producer:
John Filippelli

Supervising Producer:
Woody Freiman

Michael Kostel

Mitchell Kozuchowski

  Staff and Creative Team:

Talent Producer:
Steve Bernie

Associate Producers:
Melissa Picheny
Victoria Estevez

Lighting Director:
Scott Wolfeil

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CenterStage is a talk show in which the guest and host hold conversations based on sports. The guests of the TV show are usually affiliated with sports or fans of specific teams.

Show Transmission Time & Channel:
New episodes of CenterStage air Wednesdays at 10:00 PM. The show is aired on the YES Network. Other shows are reruns throughout the rest of the YES network schedule.

Age Requirement:
You must be 18 years old or older to be admitted to this TV show taping.
Parking for the AMV Unitel Studio  
Parking For This TV Studio
The closest parking garage to the AMV Unitel Studio is located at:
MPG Worthy Parking
511 W 55th Street
New York, NY 10019
ICON Apex Parking
440 W 57th Street
New York, NY 10019
The closest parking is not always the best as it often takes longer to park and retrieve your vehicle as fellow TV show patrons have the same idea. A better choice of parking may be the second choice or further away by a couple of Avenues.

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