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.


10:45 am
Thu February 26, 2015

This Week on Broadway to Main Street, Encore: The Comeback Trail

Encore: The Comeback Trail

As we yearn for the spirit of rebirth and renewal, we look at some of the most amazing comebacks on the Broadway stage. Performers such as Lotte Lenya, Lauren Bacall, Julie Andrews, Ethel Merman (in a rare recording of Hello, Dolly!) as well as writers such as Oscar Hammerstein, Leonard Bernstein, and Mel Brooks. Who says there are no second acts in American life? There are in the American musical theater!  This Sunday at 3PM

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2:52 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

This Week on Broadway to Main Street, THE FABULOUS FIFTIES

The Fabulous Fifties

It was the sweet spot of the Golden Age of the American Musical:  the 1950s.  Ushered in by hits such as Call Me Madam and Guys and Dolls, the decade featured great scores by Rodgers and Hammerstein, Lerner and Loewe, and others and spotlighted tremendous talents such as Alfred Drake, Barbara Cook, and John Raitt.  They liked Ike back then--and we celebrate the Eisenhower era; only on Broadway to Main Street, this Sunday at 3PM.

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10:57 am
Fri February 13, 2015

This Week on Broadway to Main Street, WEST END WINNERS II

West End Winners II

They dominated London’s theatre scene in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s—but they never made it across the pond:  great British musicals, written by Andrew Lloyd Webber, John Barry, John Williams, and Lionel Bart, featuring superstars such as Michael Crawford, Jim Dale, and Elaine Paige.  An afternoon of exquisite rarities—only on “Broadway to Main Street," this Sunday at 3PM.   We'll take good care of you!

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9:36 am
Fri February 6, 2015

This Week on Broadway to Main Street, FIRST LOVE/LASTING LOVE


To celebrate Valentine's Day we're looking at the early stirrings of love on the Broadway stage--West Side Story, Bye Bye Birdie--and contrasting it with the kind of love that endures through time--Follies, The Bridges of Madison County.  So, cuddle up with someone you love and experience it all; only on "Broadway to Main Street", this Sunday at 3PM.


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12:25 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

This Week on Broadway to Main Street, Encore Presentation: Kismet

Encore presentation:  KISMET

Take my hand – and let me lead you – o, stranger! – through the Paradise that is Wright and Forrest's KISMET. This 1953 show that borrowed from Borodin provided a lush and lyrical score nearly unmatched by any musical of its times. Balladeers such as Etta Jones, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Bill Evans and others join original cast members Alfred Drake, Doretta Morrow, and Richard Kiley in a sumptuous symphonic bazaar encore.  This Sunday at 3PM

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