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.

To celebrate Sunday's Oscar ceremony, here are great songs written expressly for the Hollywood versions of Broadway classics, from the films of The Sound of Music, On The Town, Nine, and more. This Sunday at 3PM, live or streaming.

With the success of the revival of Sunset Blvd., we look at the five-decade career of Lord Lloyd Webber, with songs performed by Glenn Close, Patti LuPone, Barbra Streisand, Donny Osmond, and more.

The 1940s ushered a decade of persuasive and persistent women onto the American musical stage. They're all here: Ethel Merman, Mary Martin, Nancy Walker, Gertrude Lawrence, and more. This Sunday at 3PM, live or streaming.

With a new Beauty and the Beast around the corner, it’s a Magic Kingdom of hits from the Disney canon: Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book, Aladdin, with stars such as Julie Andrews, Louis Armstrong, Idina Menzel, and more. This Sunday at 3PM, live or streaming.

Put on a happy face with the music of composer Charles Strouse. Songs from Annie, Bye Bye Birdie, and more, performed by such charmers as Audra McDonald, Tony Bennett, Nina Simone, and Andrea McArdle. This Sunday at 3PM, live or streaming.

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