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 musical was always welcoming to dramatic stars from the legitimate stage and Hollywood films. Celebrate musical moments from Katharine Hepburn, Richard Burton, Judi Dench, Daniel Radcliffe, Vivien Leigh and many more, this Sunday at 3PM, live or streaming.

Has the state of the world gotten you down?  News giving you the blues?  Well, put on a happy face as "Broadway to Main Street" inaugurates an hour of optimistic, inspirational tunes from Annie, Finian's Rainbow, La Cage aux Folles, and others.  This Sunday at 3PM, live or streaming.

This best of all possible scores by Leonard Bernstein has as many adventures as its optimistic hero. A variety of renditions featuring Barbara Cook, Jason Danieley, and Lewis J. Stadlen, with guest appearances by Madeline Kahn and Barbra Streisand. This Sunday at 3PM, live or streaming.

Toasting in the New Year with an auld favorite from 2014, filled with songs of new expectations and new dreams, from West Side Story, Mame, She Loves Me, and Lady in the Dark. This Sunday at 3PM, live or streaming.

It's a Curmudgeon's Christmas with one of Broadway's greatest character actors Lewis J, Stadlen, looking at Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and the Grinch from an unique musical perspective, with performances by Jimmy Durante, Groucho Marx, Zero Mostel, and Judy Garland.  This Sunday at 3Pm, live or streaming.