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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.

EXTRA!  EXTRA! READ ALL ABOUT IT!!  Broadway makes the headlines in the special edition, featuring tabloid tunes from Newsies, Damn Yankees, Pal Joey, and more:  This Sunday at 3PM, live or streaming.

The 1990s was a transformation decade for the Broadway musical, an expansive time that ushered in Disney, a new era of rock music and revues, and a generation of talent such as Audra McDonald, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Nathan Lane and more.  Enjoy the sweet somethings of Rent, Ragtime, Sunset Blvd, The Lion King, and more.  This Sunday at 3PM, live or streaming.

This celebrated Gershwin/Kaufman political satire is just the ticket to sweep away the fatigue of our current presidential election.  Delegates like Tony Bennett, Sarah Vaughan, and Ella Fitzgerald join the studio cast campaign.  This Sunday at 3PM, live or streaming.

To celebrate Barbra Streisand's latest Number One album of duets, we're delving into her copious Rodgers and Hart songbook, including a rarity or two unreleased on the new "Encores" album.  This Sunday at 3PM, live or streaming.

The Broadway bell has rung and it's time to take your seats with a full syllabus of songs about teaching, learning, and everything in between. Selections from Candide, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, The King and I, and Spring Awakening; our "careful teachers" include Comden and Green, Sarah Vaughan, Louis Armstrong, and Harry Connick, Jr.

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