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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Here are the great "cover" recordings of famous (and some not-so-famous) Broadway songs; studio artists of the 1940s, 50s, and 60s who brought the Broadway songbook to a new level:  Doris Day, Eydie Gorme, Sammy Davis, Jr., Johnny Mathis, Rosemary Clooney and others putting a new spin on songs from South Pacific, Mame, On a Clear Day and so much more.  This Sunday at3PM.

Postponed because of last week's blizzard: The moving and trenchant lyrics of Lorenz Hart, with the Rodgers ballads that set a high standard for heartache and longing, performed by the very best:  Doris Day, Sarah Vaughan, Frank Sinatra, Bobby Short, Mary Cleere Haran, and others. This Sunday, January 31st at 3PM.

One of the shining lights of the West End musical theater left us at the end of 2015, Keith Michell.  Join us to celebrate his rapturous voice and commanding presence in shows such as Irma La Douce, Robert and Elizabeth, Man of La Mancha, and La Cage aux Folles. This Sunday at 3PM.

To celebrate the new revival, currently at the Broadway Theatre, here's the full history and tradition of Fiddler on the Roof with a celebration of its score, performed by, among others, Zero Mostel, Topol, Alfred Molina, Molly Picon, Jan Peerce--even the songwriters Bock and Harnick themselves.

Who's says operetta isn't hip?  Not Broadway to Main Street.  Here are some great songs from the romantic stage from Naughty Marietta to The Phantom of the Opera, performed by everyone to Jeanette McDonald and Nelson Eddy to Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra.  This Sunday at 3PM.