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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.

From the 1940s to the 60s, immortal renditions of great Broadway songs made only for the recording studio featuring Vivienne Segal, Mary Martin, Alfred Drake, Nelson Eddy, Doris Day and more, from Pal Joey, Oklahoma!, and Annie Get Your Gun. This Sunday at 3PM, live or streaming.

Celebrate Valentine's Day with classic first dates from the Broadway musical stage. Selections from She Loves Me, Irma La Douce, Evita, Hamilton, and more. This Sunday at 3PM, live or streaming.

To celebrate Leonard Bernstein's centennial, we're playing highlights from On The Town, West Side Story, Candide and more, featuring Audra McDonald, Johnny Mathis, Chita Rivera and others. This Sunday at 3PM, live or streaming

Put on a happy face and listen to highlights of the great Strouse/Adams score. Original cast performances along with Elvis Presley, Bobby Vee, and the Marcels, rockers of the era. This Sunday at 3PM, live or streaming.

I'd rather be right in the middle of the 1930s than any other decade in musical theater history: eternal songs by the Gershwins, Cole Porter, and Rodgers and Hart, performed by Ethel Merman, Bert Lahr, Paul Whiteman and many others. This Sunday at 3PM, live or streaming.

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