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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.

There's no place like home for the holidays. A bountiful cornucopia of blessings and gratitude from the American musical stage; we're having Bing Crosby, Barbara Cook, Audra McDonald, Diana Ross, Lee Wiley, and other guests over for the big meal. This Sunday at 3PM, live or streaming.

Spend an hour with the most popular entertainer of the 1920s and 30s; all of Cantor's major hits plus guest appearances by Al Jolson, Ethel Merman, Dinah Shore and more. You'll be surprised--this Sunday at 3PM, live or streaming.

The magical world of fairy tales live happily ever after in the American musical: songs from Hans Christian Andersen, Cinderella, Frozen, Into The Woods and many more. This Sunday at 3PM, live or streaming.

Start spreading the news: an encore tribute to the greatest city in the world--New York City. A musical celebration of its indomitability, featuring songs by Dorothy Fields, Cy Coleman, Stephen Sondheim, Leonard Bernstein, and so much more. This Sunday at 3PM, live or streaming.

Our annual Halloween show shrieks on the scene with full moons rising; performances by Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett, Al Jolson, and others of Broadway classics, hosted by Count Larry Maslon; "Vaaa-hooo!!" This Sunday at 3PM, live or streaming.

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