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.

Here are the great "cover" recordings of famous (and some not-so-famous) Broadway songs; studio artists of the 1940s, 50s, and 60s who brought the Broadway songbook to a new level:  Doris Day, Eydie Gorme, Sammy Davis, Jr., Johnny Mathis, Rosemary Clooney and others putting a new spin on songs from South Pacific, Mame, On a Clear Day and so much more.  This Sunday at3PM.

Postponed because of last week's blizzard: The moving and trenchant lyrics of Lorenz Hart, with the Rodgers ballads that set a high standard for heartache and longing, performed by the very best:  Doris Day, Sarah Vaughan, Frank Sinatra, Bobby Short, Mary Cleere Haran, and others. This Sunday, January 31st at 3PM.

One of the shining lights of the West End musical theater left us at the end of 2015, Keith Michell.  Join us to celebrate his rapturous voice and commanding presence in shows such as Irma La Douce, Robert and Elizabeth, Man of La Mancha, and La Cage aux Folles. This Sunday at 3PM.

To celebrate the new revival, currently at the Broadway Theatre, here's the full history and tradition of Fiddler on the Roof with a celebration of its score, performed by, among others, Zero Mostel, Topol, Alfred Molina, Molly Picon, Jan Peerce--even the songwriters Bock and Harnick themselves.

Who's says operetta isn't hip?  Not Broadway to Main Street.  Here are some great songs from the romantic stage from Naughty Marietta to The Phantom of the Opera, performed by everyone to Jeanette McDonald and Nelson Eddy to Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra.  This Sunday at 3PM.

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