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.

Here are some of the funniest songs ever written for the musical theater--writers include Noel Coward, Comden and Green, Cole Porter--performed by expert clowns such as Kristin Chenoweth, Robert Morse, Phil Silvers, Groucho Marx and more.  Don't use heavy machinery while listening to this episode!  This Sunday at 3PM, live or streaming.

One of Broadway's fairest ladies shares her talents with us in the studio, and frames her great performances in Finian's Rainbow, One Touch of Venus, High Society and more. This Sunday at 3PM, live or streaming.

The Brazilian beat that swept the world of music in the 1960s underscores the Broadway songbook.  Great performers such as Frank Sinatra, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Sarah Vaughan, and Chris Connor samba their way through songs from Kismet, Evita, The Sound of Music, and Flora the Red Menace.  This Sunday at 3PM, live or streaming.

We’re saying l'shana tova to 5777 with an encore celebration of the Jewish contribution to the American musical.  Songs from The Rothschilds, March of the Falsettos, Caroline or Change, and, of course, Fiddler on the Roof, with renditions by Barbra Streisand, Joel Grey, and Al Jolson. This Sunday at 3PM, live or streaming.

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.