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.

Celebrating the events of "The Summer of Irving Berlin," we turn to the composer who paced American life in the 20th Century and keeps coming back like a song.  A loving look at how Berlin both ennobled and mocked our national culture, with songs from Holiday Inn, Call Me Madam, Louisiana Purchase and more.  This Sunday at 3PM.

In a tribute to "The Greatest," champ Muhammad Ali, we look at Broadway's greatest 15 rounds in the musical ring as Sammy Davis, Jr. delivers a knock-out performance in a brilliant Strouse/Adams score from 1964--cover versions and rarities, too.  This Sunday at 3PM.

Nervous and upset because the American musical theater's highest honor is tonight at 8?  Then bring yourself up-to-date with selections from all the nominated stars and shows:  Hamilton, Shuffle Along, Waitress, Bright Star, School of Rock, She Loves Me and more.  This Sunday at 3PM.

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.