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.


8:48 am
Fri May 15, 2015

This Week on Broadway to Main Street...Chita Rivera

Chita Rivera

Broadway royalty is celebrated in this episode, with a tribute to the brilliant singer-dancer-actress Chita Rivera, currently knocking them dead (literally) in The Visit.  A look at her amazing six-decade-long career, with guest stars Dick Van Dyke, Liza Minnelli, and Gwen Verdon.  This Sunday at 3 PM.

Read more
9:02 am
Fri May 8, 2015

This Week on Broadway to Main Street...COMPANY


It's spring and folks are tying the marriage knot, but the marriage knot is not for Bobby, the lead in Sondheim and Furth's groundbreaking 1970 musical, Company.  This week on "Broadway to Main Street," we celebrate that extraordinary score, with the original cast album--featuring Dean Jones and Elaine Stritch--side-by-side-by-side with guests such as Mandy Patinkin, Barbra Streisand, and Bobby Short.  This Sunday at 3PM.

Read more
9:53 am
Fri May 1, 2015

This Week on Broadway to Main Street...THE ZIEGFELD FOLLIES


The grand-daddy of all musical revues stands at the center of a long, long staircase of theatrical history.  Here's Broadway to Main Street's own version of "The Ziegfeld Follies of 2015" featuring classic songs--such as "A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody" and "I Can Get Started"--from the Ziegfeld repertoire, as performed by stars such as Eddie Cantor, Will Rogers, Ethel Shutta, and Fanny Brice, with guest cameos by Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, and Keith Carradine.  Curtain up!  This Sunday at 3PM.

Read more
11:16 am
Fri April 24, 2015

This Week on Broadway to Main Street...NOW YOU HAS JAZZ


Jazz has always been a part of the Broadway sound, and some shows have made it the dramatic center of attention.  So, join us at the B2MS Blue Note for performances fronted by Gregory Hines, Barbra Streisand, Julie Andrews, Bing Crosby, and Ella Fitzgerald backed up by Benny Goodman, Duke Elllington, Johnny Mercer, and Louis Armstrong and his All Stars.  Now--that's jazz, this Sunday at 3PM!

Read more
1:54 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

This Week on Broadway to Main Street...BRUSH UP YOUR SHAKESPEARE


The greatest lyricist of all time?  Methinks it could be the playwright whose birthday we celebrate this week: William Shakespeare, the Bard of Stratford-on-Avon. On this week's episode, we listen to some original music (I mean, really original Elizabethan music) as well as musicals inspired by Shakespeare: THE BOYS FROM SYRACUSE, KISS ME, KATE, WEST SIDE STORY.  Forsooth!  Odd's bodkins!  This Sunday at 3pm.

Read more