Broadway to Main Street, the weekly radio program devoted to the American musical theater, celebrated the works of Kurt Weill and Marc Blitzstein this year in three delightful episodes that showcased popular recordings from the stars who made the songs famous. Hosted and produced by New York University arts professor Laurence Maslon, the episodes aired on WLIW 88.3 FM and are now available on-demand as podcasts. Curtain up and enjoy!
Broadway to Main Street is a recipient of the Kurt Weill Foundation’s Grant Program. Since 1983, the Foundation has awarded more than $5,000,000 in grant funding to hundreds of organizations and individuals worldwide.
Kurt Weill’s Hit Parade
Aired: 24 October 2021
“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.”
Aired: 27 June 2021
“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.”
Kurt Weill in America
Aired: 28 March 2021
“An hour from Kurt Weill’s extraordinarily inventive Broadway catalogue. Original renditions combine with new interpretations by such performers as Mary Martin, Gertrude Lawrence, Melissa Errico, Lotte Lenya, Donna Murphy—even the composer himself.”