"Broadway to Main Street" Radio Series, Hosted by Laurence Maslon, Kicks Off Jan. 8

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“Broadway to Main Street,” created and hosted by Broadway historian Laurence Maslon, kicks off Jan. 8, broadcasting weekly on WPPB (Peconic Public Broadcasting) 88.3 FM.

The hour-long program, which airs at 3 PM Sundays, is devoted to music that began on the Broadway stage and features renditions from original cast albums, as well as versions recorded by artists from the worlds of pop music, jazz, film and cabaret.

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 Maslon's commentary, guest appearances and news from Broadway.

"I am deeply indebted to the late Lee Davis for cultivating a loyal audience out here with his immense love and dedication to the musical theatre," said Maslon in a statement. "We’re going to build on the wonderful tradition of his ‘American Musical Theater’ program that aired on 88.3 FM every Sunday for years, but we're going to take the world of the Broadway musical in a new direction, put a new spin on it—for those of you who still remember LPs."

“Broadway to Main Street” debuts with a special introductory program celebrating the mythology of Broadway. Subsequent broadcasts will feature the upcoming revival of Porgy and Bess; Stephen Sondheim’s Follies; the latter career of lyricist Alan Jay Lerner; and a musical overview of how Broadway has treated “the 99%” over the decades.

Maslon is the associate chair/associate arts professor at the Graduate Acting Program at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, with an affiliation in the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. He co-wrote two episodes of the Emmy-winning "Broadway: The American Musical" with Michael Kantor as well as the companion volume published by Bulfinch (and released in paperback by Applause Books) and the liner notes for the five-disc box set for the series, released by Sony/Decca. He served on the nominating committee for the Tony Awards from 2007-2010. Peconic Public Broadcasting is a community-owned local and national public radio service for eastern Long Island and southern Connecticut.

For more information, visit www.peconicpublicbroadcasting.org.

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