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,   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.

Remembering what our brave servicemen and women fought on for this Memorial Day; with songs that celebrate American bravery and heart from On The Town, 1776, Mr. President, and the full-length "Ballad for Americans," performed by Paul Robeson.  This Sunday at 3PM.

Look to the rainbow:  the bewitching score to this classic by Harburg and Lane, as rendered by the original cast, various revivals, Jo Stafford, Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong and more. Follow the program that follow the dream--this Sunday at 3PM.

During the 1960s, several rock and R&B stars covered Broadway show tunes – more than you'd think!  So, we're going to rock around the Theatre District with The Four Tops, The Doors, Janis Joplin, James Brown, the Supremes, Elvis Presley and those four irrepressible mop tops from Liverpool!  This Sunday at 3PM.

Richard Rodgers in a jazz vein, and, lyrically, with a little Hammerstein, some Sondheim, and a good deal of Rodgers himself.  To frame the Encores! presentation of Do I Hear a Waltz?, we've assembled a jazz sampler of Rodgers' later work:  Tony Bennett, Nat King Cole, and John Coltrane join the club.

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.