Laurence Maslon

Host of Broadway to Main Street

Laurence Maslon is an arts professor at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, as well as associate chair of the Graduate Acting Program, with an affiliation in the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program.  He is the host and producer of the weekly radio series, Broadway to Main Street, broadcast on the NPR-affiliate station WPPB-FM. He edited the two-volume set American Musicals (1927-1969) containing sixteen classic Broadway librettos, published by the Library of America in 2014 to national acclaim. He is also the author of the companion book to the recent PBS documentary series, Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle and cowrote the series with producer/director Michael Kantor. Also with Kantor, he cowrote the PBS series Make ‘Em Laugh (Emmy nomination) and two episodes of the Emmy-winning Broadway: The American Musical as well as the companion volume (updated edition published by Applause in paperback) and the liner notes for the five-disc box set for the series, released by Sony/Decca. Among his other books are Some Like It Hot: The Official 50th Anniversary Companion (HarperCollins) and The South Pacific Companion and The Sound of Music Companion (Simon and Schuster; revised edition, 2015). Maslon wrote the acclaimed American Masters/Thirteen documentary Richard Rodgers: The Sweetest Sounds and is the editor of Kaufman & Co., the Library of America edition of George S. Kaufman’s plays.  He has been the host for Encores!-in-Seminar at City Center for thirteen years and has written special programming for Lincoln Center Theatre, Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, the Chicago Humanities Festival, Merkin Concert Hall, the Library of Congress, and Guild Hall in East Hampton.  He served on the nominating committee for the Tony Awards from 2007 to 2010.   He is currently writing an American Masters documentary about the life of Sammy Davis, Jr. and a book for Oxford University Press about Broadway and popular music.

You've won a Golden Ticket to the best shows about kids on Broadway, everything from Bye Bye Birdie to Matilda, from Annie to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. This Sunday at 3PM, live or streaming.

Ciao! Get out your guidebooks as we troup around the map of little Italy: musicals such as The Light in the Piazza, Kiss Me Kate, and Do I Hear a Waltz? set in Florence, Venice, Rome, and more. This Sunday at 3PM, live or streaming.

What better way to spend July 4th weekend than with the original John Adams from 1776? William Daniels spends a special hour, live in our studio, talking about his distinguished career and his new memoir. This Sunday at 3PM, live or streaming.

Dolly is back where she belongs--on Broadway, in a splendid new revival. This week gives you all the great Dollys who graced Jerry Herman's score: Carol Channing, Pearl Bailey, Mary Martin, Ethel Merman, Barbra Streisand--and, of course, the new Tony Award winner, Bette Midler. This Sunday at 3 PM, live or streaming.

We honor the "First Lady of Song," Ella Fitzgerald, on her centennial with a career overview of her Broadway songs from the 1930s to the 1980s, with special guest performances from Frank Sinatra and Louis Armstrong. This Sunday at 3PM, live or streaming.

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