The mid-week finds us at our usual spot, and The AIR still manages to bring you a new episode of Curtain Call and a recent edition of Beatles Blast to put the hump in your hump day.  You can tune in at the website, or just stay right here and  listen to the convenient embedded radio player lurking elsewhere on this page.

At 2 PM (EDT) in an encore of a show from last August, Beatles Blast brings you a mixtape tribute to Abbey Road, with cover versions of every song on that classic album, some of them twice. It’s a wild mix of veteran prog-rockers, 1960s legends, alternative rock icons, and a few people you probably never heard of before. Heck, we even have three keyboardists who spent time in YES. You can find the playlist and more notes HERE.

Beatles Blast can be heard every Wednesday at 2 PM, with replays Thursday at 11 PM, Friday at 1 PM,  and Saturday afternoon.

At 3 PM (EDT) on Curtain Call, Mel Larch pays tribute to Stephen Sondheim, who, over two years after his passing, is the hottest composer on Broadway.  Mel introduces a mixtape that’s made up of incredible performances from an all-star line-up of stage legends, and none of these performances have ever been heard on Curtain Call before.

There are currently two of his musicals running on Broadway. His final work just wrapped up a successful off-Broadway run, and is rumored to be moving to the Great White Way this summer. There are also rumors that the revue of his work, Old Friends, may transfer to New York from London. Revivals of his classic works are happening all over the world, in community theater, professional houses and major tour productions.

And that’s without mentioning the two Broadway revivals that ended last year. There’s even a Reddit group devoted solely to guessing which Sondheim show will be revived on Broadway next.

With all that going on, Mel thought the time was ripe to, once again, pay tribute to the master. Check out the playlist…

Curtain Call 141

Sondheim Tribute

“Sorry-Grateful” by Mandy Patinkin
“Send In The Clowns” by Glynis Johns
“All Things Bright and Beautiful/Bang! /All Things Bright and Beautiful (Part 2)” Suzanne Henry and Craig Lucas
“A Little Priest” by Michael Ball and Maria Friedman
“I’m Still Here” by Millicent Martin
“Not A Day Goes By” by Patti Lupone
“The Ladies Who Lunch” by Carol Burnett”
“Franklin Shepard Inc.” by Evan Pappas
“Chrysanthemum Tea” by John Cashmore
“Tonight” by Chita Rivera and the company of West Side Story
“Old Friends” by Stephen Sondheim, John Barrowman, Carol Burnett, George Hearn, Ruthie Henshall, Bronson Pinchot

Curtain Call can be heard on The AIR Wednesday at 3 PM, with replays Thursday at 8 AM, Friday at 10 AM, Saturday at 8 PM and Monday at 9 AM. A six-hour marathon of classic episodes can be heard Sunday evening starting at 6 PM, and an all-night marathon of Curtain Call episodes can be heard Wednesday nights, beginning at Midnight.

Also on The AIR, Wednesday at 11 PM,  The Comedy Vault brings you an hour of stand-up comedy from Lewis Black.