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.

We’re ringing in 5778 with a celebration of the Jewish contribution to the American musical, with renditions by Al Jolson, Barbra Streisand, and Joel Grey. Songs from The Rothschilds, March of the Falsettos, Caroline or Change, and, of course, Fiddler on the Roof. This Sunday at 3PM, live or streaming.

It might as well be swing--here are great tunes from Broadway played by the great dance bands: Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Count Basie, as well as swing-styled musicals like Bandstand. This Sunday at 3PM, live or streaming.

Irving Berlin's masterpiece hits the bull's-eye with performances from Ethel Merman (of course) and Doris Day, Reba McEntire, Judy Garland, Dinah Shore, Bernadette Peters and a double-barrel of other great artists. This Sunday at 3PM, live or streaming.

The groundbreaking work of producer/director Harold Prince is celebrated with songs from his most cherished shows: Cabaret, Follies, Sweeney Todd, The Phantom of the Opera, and more. It's too good, at least--this Sunday at 3PM, live or streaming.

I’m not on vacation, but Broadway to Main Street is going to take its summer break from the Theatre District and turn it over to great movie theme songs from the '60s and '70s: Two for the Road, Never on Sunday, The Godfather, Superman, and more. This Sunday at 3PM, live or streaming.

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