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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.

The Broadway bell has rung and it's time to take your seats with a full syllabus of songs about teaching, learning, and everything in between. Selections from Candide, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, The King and I, and Spring Awakening; our "careful teachers" include Comden and Green, Sarah Vaughan, Louis Armstrong, and Harry Connick, Jr.

Summertime vacation with the Midas touch:  a look at the great James Bond themes and songs from the 1960s and 1970s.  Artists include Nina Simone, Louis Armstrong, Jennifer Holliday, and Adele.  Nobody does it better than "Broadway to Main Street"!  This Sunday at 3PM, live or streaming.

"All the world's a stage"--and the musical theater is a major player.  Songs that celebrate "the business we call show" from the Ancient Greeks--The Frogs--to Shakespeare--Something Rotten--to the Broadway stages of today.  Curtain up! This Sunday at 3PM, live or streaming.

A special Tony goes to Tony Bennett, celebrating his 90th birthday this week.  Few artists devoted as much skill and affection to the Broadway songbook; here is an hour-long celebration of rarities from Applause, Coco, Hooray for What?, Kismet, Foxy, On The Town, and more.  Live or streaming, this Sunday at 3PM.

To welcome the Bay Street Theater production, we present an entire hour of Lerner and Loewe's classic score to one of Broadway's greatest shows. Here are members of various original and revival casts, joined by some jazz artists – Mel Torme, Cassandra Wilson, Nat "King" Cole and others – who took up residence on the street where classic musical theater lives.  This Sunday at 3PM, live or streaming.

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