Laurence Maslon

Host of Broadway to Main Street

Laurence 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 to 2010.  His most recent book is Some Like It Hot: The Official 50th Anniversary Companion (HarperCollins); in addition, he wrote The South Pacific Companion and The Sound of Music Companion (Simon and Schuster). With Michael Kantor, he co-wrote the six-part PBS series Make ‘Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America, as wellas the companion volume (Twelve Publishing).   He and Kantor were nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Writing of a Non-Fiction Series for this show. Maslon wrote the acclaimed American Masters/Thirteen documentaryRichard Rodgers: The Sweetest Sounds and is the editor of Kaufman & Co., the Library of America edition of George S. Kaufman’s plays, as well as his official website, www.georgeskaufman.com.   In 2005, he wrote “Better When It’s Banned,” Jane Krakowski’s debut concert for Jazz at Lincoln Center and has written concerts and programs for the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian, the Chicago Humanities Festival, and Carnegie Hall.  He has hosted the pre-show seminars for City Center’s Encores! series for a decade. He received his BA from Brown University and his MA fro Stanford University’s PhD program in Directing and Dramatic Criticism. He is currently writing a book for Oxford University Press about the history of the original Broadway cast album.

Nothing is more essential to the Broadway mythology that an overnight sensation who becomes a star.  Here is a round-up of some of the great star-making performances over the last eight decades, from Ethel Merman to Barbra Streisand to the astonishing Cynthia Erivo, currently in The Color Purple.  This Sunday at 3PM.

To celebrate Marin Mazzie's triumphant ascension to The King and I this spring, Broadway to Main Street brings you one of the most glamorous couples on the musical stage.  Selections from the The Visit and Make the Most of Your Music, along with Marin and Jason’s tour through Ragtime, Curtains, Kiss Me Kate, Candide and more.  This Sunday at 3PM.

Your golden invitation has arrived: put on your dancing shoes and come join Cinderella, My Fair Lady, Ballroom, Hairspray and other great shows that celebrate the transformative magic of the ballroom.  Don't leave your slipper behind!  This Sunday at 3 PM.

The greatest hits of the Broadway stage from the 1920s--from shows such as Shuffle Along, No, No, Nanette; The Desert Song; Show Boat; Lady, Be Good!--performed by such great latter-day artists as Sarah Vaughan, Tony Bennett, Barbra Streisand, Liza Minnelli and others.

In celebration of the new revival, Broadway to Main Street preserves a romantic atmosphere this Sunday with highlights from this beloved Bock-Harnick valentine:  the original and revival casts, plus guest customers such as Mabel Mercer, Steve Lawrence, and Dionne Warwick.  Sunday at 3PM.

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