Laurence Maslon

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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, www.georgeskaufman.com.   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.

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8:55 am
Fri December 19, 2014

This week on Broadway to Main Street

ENCORE:  BING SINGS BERLIN

The holiday season brings an encore presentation of Bing Crosby crooning the tunes of Irving Berlin – an hour of  America's greatest music sung by the most popular performer of the 20th Century. Bing is joined by Fred Astaire, Danny Kaye, Al Jolson, and Rosemary Clooney to pay tribute to Irving Berlin and his tunes, which became indelibly linked to the holiday season and to the American consciousness.

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3:01 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

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2014 HOLIDAY SHOW

Our annual holiday show features actor/singer/pianist Malcolm Gets, currently in the revival of Allegro; he'll share a song or two from that, as well as great Christmas music from the Broadway stage and Broadway performers, including Barbra Streisand, Barbara Cook, the cast of Annie and more.  join us--it's twelve days to Christmas!

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9:49 am
Fri December 5, 2014

This week on Broadway to Main Street

AS THOUSANDS CHEER 

It was the greatest revue of the 1930s, brilliantly crafted by Irving Berlin and Moss Hart, and yet it never had an original cast album and has never been revived on Broadway.  BROADWAY TO MAIN STREET recreates the manifold charms of its sketches and songs--"Easter Parade," "Supper Time," "Heat Wave" among others--for the first time, with a combination of original performances and guest stars such as Judy Garland and Patti LuPone.

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2:07 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

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BETTY AND ADOLPH

If you have to ask, "Betty and Adolph who?", you're listening to the wrong show.  Comden and Green, Broadway's favorite lyricist team, are back with a vengeance.  To celebrate Adolph Green's 100th birthday, we're having a party, featuring great and/or rare songs from On The Town, Wonderful Town, Bells Are Ringing, On The Twentieth Century, and A Doll's Life.  Get carried away with the lyrics of Comden and Green, this Sunday at 3PM!

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10:08 am
Fri November 14, 2014

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The Green-Eyed Monster

Hey, jealous lover!  That green-eyed monster, jealousy, rears its musical head this week, with songs of vituperation, envy, sadness, and loss:  from The Pajama Game, Kean, Follies, St. Louis Woman and more.

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