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.

A bountiful cornucopia of blessings and gratitude from the Broadway stage; we're having Bing Crosby, Barbara Cook, Audra McDonald, Diana Ross, Lee Wiley, and other guests over for the big meal.  You won't find one turkey in the bunch!

Inspired by Liaisons, the new 3-CD of piano reimaginings of Sondheim's work performed by Anthony De Mare, we're looking at variations and themes of Sondheim songs for the keyboard, rendered by De Mare, Richard Rodney Bennett, George Shearing and more.  This Sunday at 3PM.

The Yellow Brick Road runs through over a century of Broadway and Hollywood territory.  We are joined by one of Wicked's wonderful Wizard's, David Garrison, for a look at The Wizard of Oz, The Wiz, Wicked, and more.  This Sunday at 3PM.

What's more fun than a great Broadway song?  Making fun of a great Broadway song!  In this broadcast, we celebrate the parodic geniuses that have laughed at show tunes for decades, including Allan Sherman, Monty Python, Mel Brooks, and Forbidden Broadway.  Great sharpshooters and their targets--Barbra Streisand, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and many others. This Sunday at 3PM. 

Isn’t it rich?  Sondheim's classically anxious romantic musical is a masterpiece in 3/4 time.  "Send in the Clowns," of course, but other treasures from this score, performed by, among others, Sarah Vaughan, Audra McDonald, Len Cariou, Angela Lansbury--even Benny Goodman!  This Sunday at 3PM.