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.
Ballots Over Broadway
It's election time and show tunes are sweeping the country. Here are great campaigns songs and tributes to participatory democracy about from Annie, Of Thee I Sing, Hamilton, and more.
Spend a little time with this astonishing Coleman/Fields score. Performers include Gwen Verdon, of course, but also Shirley MacLaine, Bobby Short, Juliet Prowse, and Sammy Davis, daddy-o! Fun, laughs, good times!
The King (Cole) of Broadway
"B" is for the way we l-o-v-e Broadway; "W" is for "Wow--Nat King Cole!"; "A" is author Will Friedwald, who joins us to discuss his new Nat Cole bio; "Y" is you're gonna dig this very, very extra-ordinary episode.
Composer John Barry was best-known as the musical muse of 007, but he spun gold in many songs and a few stage shows. Check out Michael Crawford, Barbra Streisand, Louis Armstrong, Shirley Bassey and more in this tribute episode.
Ease on down B2MS as we look at the great outliers--shows whose creators got their one shot at musical theater fame: The Wiz, 1776, Promises Promises, Dreamgirls, and more.
Mr. Mercer and His Pals
Johnny Mercer was not only one of America's greatest lyricists, he was a fabulous singer of his own material and others. We set up more than a dozen Mercer songs, sung by Johnny with Bobby Darin, Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Bing Crosby and more.