Hosted by Laurence Maslon, BROADWAY TO MAIN STREET is a weekly radio program devoted to the greatest songs of the American Musical Theater. Originating from WPPB 88.3FM on Long Island's East End, each weekly episode celebrates the shows, stars, songwriters, and cultural phenomena that makes Broadway a legendary place. Music taken from classic original cast albums, film, cabaret, rare recordings, and unique interpretations, with commentary, guest appearances, and news from Broadway.
The second part of our two-part interview with Mark Eden Horowitz, editor of "The Letters of Oscar Hammerstein II": Now, we move on to OH2 and Rodgers, Sondheim, and the "what-ifs" of this mighty career. Songs performed by Nat King Cole, Audra McDonald, Dinah Shore, and more.
The first of a two-part interview with the editor of "The Letters of Oscar Hammerstein II," Mark Eden Horowitz, with brand-new insights of our greatest lyricist. With songs performed by Irene Dunne, Paul Robeson, Sarah Vaughan and more.
A special preview, featuring music (much of it as yet unreleased!) from Six, A Strange Loop, Paradise Square, Mr. Saturday Night, MJ The Musical, The Music Man and more.
Fifty years ago, these were among the nominees: Raúl Julia, Clifton Davis, Alexis Smith, Phil Silvers, Barry Bostwick, Mildred Natwick, and more. Join us as we stumble through a song or two and lie about ourselves a little.
Modesty is not a virtue here, showcasing more than a dozen Broadway characters with VERY healthy egos: Songs from Camelot, The Sound of Music, The Producers, and more--plus a special Carly Simon tribute!
Riffing off Billy Crystal's turn in Mr. Saturday Night, we look at those top bananas who brought their comic chops to Broadway: Phil Silvers, Rose Marie, Fanny Brice, Bert Lahr, Lucille Ball, Jerry Lewis, Buddy Hackett, Andrea Martin and more.
The world's gone mad today, but we still get a kick out of this Cole Porter masterpiece. Here's the full score, plus a foredeck of Reno Sweeneys: Ethel Merman, Patti LuPone, Sutton Foster and more.
We're celebrating the centennial month of this marvelous singer with a variety of songs written by Richard Rodgers, from Jumbo to The Sound of Music.
We celebrate how to succeed on Broadway through the life and achievement of five-time Tony nominee (and two-time winner) Bobby Morse. All of his major shows and performances are featured.
Spring has finally sprung and with it a musical bouquet of tunes with a floral motif from Hadestown, Gypsy, On a Clear Day, The Sound of Music and more.
In 1963, Frank Sinatra put together an exciting experiment: four of the greatest musicals recorded in the studio with the era's best singers of popular music: Frank, Sammy, Dean, Bing, Dinah, Keely and more. Will Friedwald joins us to discuss this ambitious project.
A funny girl, a funny lady, and a pioneer in American popular culture. Join us for a gorgeous hour as we play the songs she made famous, sung by Fanny and others, including Kaye Ballard, Alice Faye, and Barbra Streisand, of course.
We've got your number--in fact, more than a dozen numbers from the fabulous Cy Coleman/Carolyn Leigh score. Original and revival casts--Sid Caesar, Martin Short, Faith Prince--plus Sarah Vaughan, Judy Garland, and more.
Broadway musicals have provided happy homes for Hollywood stars for decades; join Tinseltown legends such as Antonio Banderas, Lauren Bacall, Hugh Jackman, Vivien Leigh, and others for their on-stage triumphs.
We travel out of time, out of sight to those far away places with the strange sounding names--Bali Ha'i, Camelot, Oz, Shangri-La--that have lent their mysteries to Broadway for decades.
Go east, young tunesmiths! Great Hollywood songwriters try their respective hands at Broadway musicals with such shows as Ballroom, Skyscraper, Oh Captain!, Shangri-La, and others.
Come play wiz us as we celebrate Stephen Sondheim's unique score with Ted Sperling, artistic director of MasterVoices. Angela Lansbury, Lee Remick, plus Madeline Kahn, Mandy Patinkin, Steve Lawrence and more.
A big parade of songs by The Music Man's music man. Robert Preston, Barbara Cook, Tammy Grimes lead off, of course, but Perry Como, Ray Charles, Sammy Davis Jr., and a famous quartet (not barbershop) from Liverpool follow right behind.
Dino's Broadway canon is selective but swinging, pally. The King of Cool staggers through classic songs by Lerner and Loewe, Jule Styne, Comden and Green, Rodgers and Hart, and more.
Such lovely Dick Rodgers-y music, how can you be still? Our tribute to the 1965 musical, with lyrics by Sondheim, performed by the original cast, plus Eydie Gormé, Tony Bennett, Lena Horne and more.
Broadway sounds its trumpet on-stage and off, with great performances of "brassy" material by Ethel Merman, Barbra Streisand and more, along with solos from the likes of Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, and other cornet men.
We kick off our second decade on the air by visiting with some very special friends from over the last ten years: David Garrison, Ann Harada, Lewis J. Stadlen, Veanne Cox, Malcolm Gets, Eric Comstock and Barbara Fasano sharing stories and songs. Here's to us!
The perfect remedy for a New Year's hangover: songs about bibulous imbibers from across the Broadway decades, sung by Patti LuPone, Ethel Merman, Frank Sinatra, Jackie Gleason and more. And one for Mahler!
For your holiday delectation, I'm joined by West Side Story expert, author Richard Barrios, to examine the 1957 Broadway version, the 1961 film, and the vibrant new Spielberg movie.
Our holiday angel this year is the Queen of Broadway, Judy Kaye. Judy shares some of her favorite songs of the season--sung by Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra and others--and we get a cornucopia of her own performances with material by Sondheim, Coleman, Blitzstein, and Bernstein.
A sampling of the most exciting new Broadway-esque music releases for the holiday season. Performers include Kristen Chenoweth, Sierra Boggess, Ansel Elgort, and others with songs by Sondheim, Bacharach, Lloyd Webber, Rodgers and more.
A very personal tribute to Stephen Sondheim, through decades of discovering his works and playing my (and his) favorites. Songs and renditions, well-known and obscure, from COMPANY, SWEENEY TODD, PACIFIC OVERTURES and more.
As a tribute to the greatest songwriter of Broadway's last half-century, we remember Stephen Sondheim with an encore of this 2018 broadcast--a musical march through the 20th Century, from the maestro's point of view. A special new memorial broadcast will appear next week.
One of the most enduring partnerships in American music, with songs sung by Sarah Vaughan, Frank Sinatra, Rebecca Luker, Nina Simone--and the lyricist himself!
On Broadway, the people sing of progress, politics, and passion. Here are the great anthems for social change over the last century from Les Misérables, Hair, Ragtime, Caroline or Change, and more.
A celebration of the songwriting Candy Man behind Stop the World, Roar of the Greasepaint, Willy Wonka, Scrooge, and many more. Songs performed by Anthony Newley, Sammy Davis, Jr., Julie Andrews, along with other magical performers.
Our annual Halloween special on "Blood-vay to Main Street" actually falls on Halloween this year--scary, kids!! Count Larry Maslon takes you on a tour of show tunes sung to characters in The Great Beyond--ghosts, ghouls, and zombies (sort of) from Carousel, Les Misèrables, The Lion King and more.
The great composer conquered the pop charts in the 1940s and 50s. Here are tremendous songs that span the entire arc of his career, rendered by, among others, Tony Bennett, Doris Day, Sammy Davis Jr., and, of course, Bobby Darin.
C'mon along as we present a repertoire of the most important Tin Pan Alley songs of the early 20th Century, rendered by Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, Nat King Cole, Ray Charles, Laurel and Hardy--and more!
A lovely day with the finest cabaret duo of our time, live in our virtual studio, selecting souvenirs of great Broadway songs from Hello, Dolly!, Li'l Abner, St. Louis Woman, Golden Boy and more.
Film noir and film studios collide in this complex and comical Tony winner from 1989. We highlight Cy Coleman and David Zippel's score and all the cool jazz antecedents that inspired it.
The Queen of Soul had an impressive Broadway songbook--Aretha Franklin lends her passion and skill to songs from "Porgy and Bess," "Funny Girl, "Camelot," "Les Miz" and more.
Our annual celebration of film composers is brought to a new level with our guest Steven C. Smith, who conducts us on a tour of great composers--Max Steiner, David Raksin, Bernard Herrmann, and more--and their work on film and on stage.
A quicker picker-upper to celebrate four decades of a true Broadway original. Songs from On The Town, Do Re Mi, plus rare recordings of Ms. Walker singing Sondheim, Kern, Gershwin and others.
It’s still here. We welcome the return of live productions on Broadway with a bouquet of songs celebrating indomitability, change, and survival. Some of Broadway’s greatest—Merman, Streisand, Hudson, Bacall, Jolson, and more—clear the decks for a bright and rosy future.
Goddard Lieberson produced some of the most admired and beloved Broadway cast albums of all time at Columbia Records: South Pacific, My Fair Lady, A Little Night Music, A Chorus Line and more. A toast to the highlights of his incredible achievements.
To honor Bay Street Theater's August concerts under the stars, we march through Lerner and Loewe's classic score with Richard Burton, Julie Andrews, Robert Goulet, plus Richard Harris, Mel Torme, Chris Connor and more.
The most unique of all of Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals, discussed in exquisite detail with our special guest, Ted Chapin. Renditions by Tony Bennett, Audra McDonald, Coleman Hawkins, among others.
And the living is...you know the rest. Great songs from the Broadway stage about the joys of the season, from Grease to The Most Happy Fella to Porgy and Bess to Mamma Mia!
Unsung champions of the Broadway songbook--if you don't know them, you should: Jackie and Roy, Lee Wiley, Buddy Clark, Felicia Sanders, Matt Monro, Cecile McLorin Salvant, and more.
A tribute to one of the American Musical Theatre's most ambitious songwriters. We're joined by Steven Blier, artistic director of the New York Festival of Song, plus amazing renditions of Blitzstein's work by Patti LuPone, Rosemary Clooney, Audra McDonald, Paul Robeson and more.
Grab a Mai Tai, put on your capri pants, and listen to some of the most lounge-worthy Broadway show tunes, sung by Steve and Eydie, Bobby Darin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Julie London, and more.
Everything is rosie with our expansive tribute to this beloved star of stage (Bye Bye Birdie) and screen (Mary Poppins, etc.). Guest selections include Chita Rivera, Mary Tyler Moore, and of course Julie Andrews--plus some Dick Van Dyke show tune rarities!
We're celebrating what would have been "Tony Sunday" with a festival of the most honored Tony Award winners--performers who have won multiple medallions: Audra McDonald, Angela Lansbury, Nathan Lane, John Cullum, Chita Rivera and many more.
Our Memorial Day Weekend tribute to the servicemen and servicewomen who fought and died for our country--expressed in songs by George M. Cohan, Irving Berlin, Rodgers and Hammerstein among others, with a finale of the heart-rending "Ballad for Americans."