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, 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.

Spend Sunday on the Radio with Bernadette:  Broadway to Main Street celebrates one of the great icons of the musical theater, from Dames at Sea up to her triumphs in the work of Stephen Sondheim.  A glorious tour of songs by Jerry Herman, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Rodgers and Hammerstein courtesy of Bernadette Peters.

ON VACATION: MOVIE THEMES

I’m not on vacation, but Broadway to Main Street is going to take its summer break from the Theatre District and turn it over to greatest theme songs in movie history from Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Godfather, Superman, The Pink Panther and more.  This Sunday at 3PM.

SINATRA:  BROADWAY, HIS WAY

To celebrate the Chairman of the Board’s 100th birthday, we’ve invited pop and jazz critic Will Friedwald to join us on a tour of Frank Sinatra’s Broadway.  Songs from Show Boat, Finian’s Rainbow, Skyscraper, Kismet, Merrily We Roll Along and more.  This Sunday at 3PM.

HAMPTONS ROUND-UP

It's August in the Hamptons and we showcase three major musical events coming up on the East End.  Eric Comstock and Barbara Fasano's Helluva Town; Faith Prince, Randy Graff, Maureen McGovern and Andrea McArdle in Four Girls Four; and Betty Buckley and Rachel York in Grey Gardens.  This Sunday at 3PM.

GUYS AND DOLLS

 Guess what’s playing on “Broadway to Main Street”?  I’ll tell ya what’s playing:  a salute to Frank Loesser’s extraordinary score to Guys and Dolls.  Original cast vocals pair up with renditions by Frank Sinatra, Nathan Lane, Jo Stafford, and Loesser himself.  This Sunday at 3PM. 

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