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.

A panorama of those great days when television broadcast original musicals in prime time. Here are Julie Andrews, Frank Sinatra, Liza Minnelli, Noel Coward, Angela Lansbury, and Mr. Magoo, starring in “specials” written by Rodgers and Hammerstein, Sondheim, Jule Styne, and Cole Porter; enjoy them in your living room, this Sunday at 3PM, live or streaming.

Gordon Jenkins’ legendary musical tribute to New York City is the greatest collection of show tunes without a show.  Join us as critic Will Friedwald takes us through this landmark work, with performances by Robert Goulet, Ray Charles, Patti Page, and others.  This Sunday at 3PM, live or streaming.

One of the greatest scores of the American musical whizzes around track, with Pearl Bailey, Lena Horne, Audra McDonald and Bob Dylan performing gems written by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer.  This Sunday at 3PM, live or streaming.

This week, Chicago is everybody's kind of town:  celebrate the Windy City with great musicals such as Chicago and Pal Joey, plus all that jazz from singers and performers based in the Cubs' hometown.  This Sunday, live and streaming.

Our annual Halloween broadcast highlights the bad, bad men of the American musical and the lovely ladies who stand up to them.  Songs from Porgy and Bess, Guys and Dolls, The Phantom of the Opera and more.  Join Count Larry Maslon this Sunday at 3PM, live or streaming.