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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.
BROADWAY TO MAIN STREET is devoted to music that began on the Broadway stage. Each episode of “Broadway to Main Street”—will celebrate an important show or legendary songwriter or examine a historical or cultural movement. The songs will be drawn from classic albums, rare recordings, and surprise interpretations, supplemented by host Laurence Maslon’s commentary, guest appearances, and news from Broadway.