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.

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2:18 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

This Week on Broadway to Main Street, FRED SINGS GEORGE

FRED SINGS GEORGE

Has there ever been a more fascinating rhythm than the feet of Fred Astaire?  Perhaps his unique phrasing and way with a song. Astaire made his career singing the music of George Gershwin in the 1920s and, to celebrate the upcoming Encores! presentation of Lady, Be Good!, we’ll be looking a treasure trove of Gershwin classics from Funny Face, Shall We Dance, and Damsel in Distress.  It’s nice work, and you can get it this Sunday at 3PM, only on Broadway to Main Street.

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2:54 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

The week on Broadway to Main Street, BLACK AND BLUE

BLACK AND BLUE

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, we look at the way that Broadway has dealt with the issue of civil rights, especially in the African American community.  Songs of struggle and triumph from Call Me Mister, Golden Boy, Ain't Misbehavin', Caroline or Change and others, with a stellar cast including Ethel Waters, Paul Robeson, Sammy Davis, Jr.  This Sunday at 3PM.

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2:30 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

This week on Broadway to Main Street, Encore: Annie

Encore: Annie

Together at last! BROADWAY TO MAIN STREET and ANNIE! With a nod to the current film adaptation, we take a look at America’s most indomitable orphan from her comic strip and radio days through her Broadway, film, and television incarnations. Performers include Andrea McArdle, Dorothy Loudon, Albert Finney, Carol Burnett, Alan Cumming, Barbra Streisand, and Jay-Z. Leapin’ Lizards!  This Sunday at 3PM.

 

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8:55 am
Fri December 19, 2014

This week on Broadway to Main Street

ENCORE:  BING SINGS BERLIN

The holiday season brings an encore presentation of Bing Crosby crooning the tunes of Irving Berlin – an hour of  America's greatest music sung by the most popular performer of the 20th Century. Bing is joined by Fred Astaire, Danny Kaye, Al Jolson, and Rosemary Clooney to pay tribute to Irving Berlin and his tunes, which became indelibly linked to the holiday season and to the American consciousness.

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3:01 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

This week on Broadway to Main Street

2014 HOLIDAY SHOW

Our annual holiday show features actor/singer/pianist Malcolm Gets, currently in the revival of Allegro; he'll share a song or two from that, as well as great Christmas music from the Broadway stage and Broadway performers, including Barbra Streisand, Barbara Cook, the cast of Annie and more.  join us--it's twelve days to Christmas!

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