Broadway to Main Street

Sundays at 3pm

BROADWAY TO MAIN STREET is devoted to music that began on the Broadway stage.  Each episode of “Broadway to Main Street”—will celebrate an important show or legendary songwriter or examine a historical or cultural movement.  The songs will be drawn from classic albums, rare recordings, and surprise interpretations, supplemented by host Laurence Maslon’s commentary, guest appearances, and news from Broadway.

“Every song we’ll play will have originated on Broadway, but in addition to the stars who made these songs famous, we’ll also hear from the great artists of film, popular recording, jazz, and the cabaret scene, and discover some of their majestic interpretations of this glorious music, in order to give our listeners a sense of how vast, how entertaining and how enlightening the American musical stage has been for over a century.  Whether our listeners have tuned in from their living room or their car radio or one of those new fangled mobile devices, they’re going to have the best seat in the house.”

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Look to the rainbow:  the bewitching score to this classic by Harburg and Lane, as rendered by the original cast, various revivals, Jo Stafford, Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong and more. Follow the program that follow the dream--this Sunday at 3PM.

During the 1960s, several rock and R&B stars covered Broadway show tunes – more than you'd think!  So, we're going to rock around the Theatre District with The Four Tops, The Doors, Janis Joplin, James Brown, the Supremes, Elvis Presley and those four irrepressible mop tops from Liverpool!  This Sunday at 3PM.

Richard Rodgers in a jazz vein, and, lyrically, with a little Hammerstein, some Sondheim, and a good deal of Rodgers himself.  To frame the Encores! presentation of Do I Hear a Waltz?, we've assembled a jazz sampler of Rodgers' later work:  Tony Bennett, Nat King Cole, and John Coltrane join the club.

Nothing is more essential to the Broadway mythology that an overnight sensation who becomes a star.  Here is a round-up of some of the great star-making performances over the last eight decades, from Ethel Merman to Barbra Streisand to the astonishing Cynthia Erivo, currently in The Color Purple.  This Sunday at 3PM.

To celebrate Marin Mazzie's triumphant ascension to The King and I this spring, Broadway to Main Street brings you one of the most glamorous couples on the musical stage.  Selections from the The Visit and Make the Most of Your Music, along with Marin and Jason’s tour through Ragtime, Curtains, Kiss Me Kate, Candide and more.  This Sunday at 3PM.

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