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.

Is there anything better than a Cy Coleman score?  We celebrate the jazzy, rhapsodic, and funky tunes of this great composer. Scores from Little Me, Sweet Charity, Barnum, and On The Twentieth Century and songs performed by Barbra Streisand, Michael Crawford, Bobby Short, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney and more.

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.  Please don’t drive while listening to this episode!

Here she is, boys!  Here she is, girls!  Momma Rose lets go through a tour of great leading ladies:  Ethel Merman, Angela Lansbury, Bette Midler, Bernadette Peters, Patti LuPone, Imelda Staunton and more perform the great Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim score.  This Sunday at 3PM

We’re ringing in 5776 with a 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.

In honor of Labor Day, we pay tribute to our nation's working men and women; shows include Pins and Needles, The Cradle Will Rock, Working and The Pajama Game, with performances by Lillias White, Jerry Orbach and a rare recording of "Ballad for Americans" with Paul Robeson.