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.

Start ravin' with the Bard of Stratford-on-Avon on his birthday. Songs from Kiss Me, Kate, West Side Story, Boys from Syracuse, and more. This Sunday at 3PM, live or streaming. Odd's bodkins!

A quintessential 1950s show for the tired businessman. Starring Tony Randall with a great score, covered by such talents as Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, and Rosemary Clooney. This Sunday at 3PM, live or streaming.

The magic of love's guitar is at the center of such beloved musicals as The Sound of Music, Evita, Show Boat, Man of La Mancha and many more. Strum along with us, this Sunday at 3PM, live or streaming.

A tribute to stageworthy foolishness, this re-broadcast of our "Top Bananas" program features Broadway's greatest clowns: Groucho Marx, Phil Silvers, Madeline Kahn, Bert Lahr, Nancy Walker, Nathan Lane, and many more. This Sunday at 3PM, live or streaming.

The leading man of Bridges of Madison County and The Robber Bridegroom joins us live in the studio for a musical journey though his career, including his recent stint as Billy Bigelow in Carousel. This Sunday at 3PM, live or streaming.