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.

11:16 am
Fri April 24, 2015

This Week on Broadway to Main Street...NOW YOU HAS JAZZ


Jazz has always been a part of the Broadway sound, and some shows have made it the dramatic center of attention.  So, join us at the B2MS Blue Note for performances fronted by Gregory Hines, Barbra Streisand, Julie Andrews, Bing Crosby, and Ella Fitzgerald backed up by Benny Goodman, Duke Elllington, Johnny Mercer, and Louis Armstrong and his All Stars.  Now--that's jazz, this Sunday at 3PM!

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1:54 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

This Week on Broadway to Main Street...BRUSH UP YOUR SHAKESPEARE


The greatest lyricist of all time?  Methinks it could be the playwright whose birthday we celebrate this week: William Shakespeare, the Bard of Stratford-on-Avon. On this week's episode, we listen to some original music (I mean, really original Elizabethan music) as well as musicals inspired by Shakespeare: THE BOYS FROM SYRACUSE, KISS ME, KATE, WEST SIDE STORY.  Forsooth!  Odd's bodkins!  This Sunday at 3pm.

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10:53 am
Fri April 10, 2015

This Week on Broadway to Main Street...KANDER AND EBB


One of the most enduring and successful songwriting teams in Broadway history return for an extraordinary season, which features Cabaret, The Visit, and Zorba (at Encores!).  Maybe this time, we'll savor the gifts of Kander and Ebb, featuring selections from their major scores, performed by artists such Liza Minnelli, Chita Rivera, Lauren Bacall, Herschel Bernardi, Robert Goulet--and Kander and Ebb themselves!  This Sunday at 3PM.

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8:31 am
Fri April 3, 2015

This Week on Broadway to Main Street...ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY


"The prince of wheels" makes its sonic journey from Chi to NY to Broadway to Main Street:  all aboard!  This much-beloved (by me) masterpiece by Cy Coleman and Comden and Green gets the luxury treatment, in order to celebrate its current acclaimed revival at the Roundabout.  The original cast album with Madeline Kahn and John Cullum gets an earlful, along with cameos by Kristin Chenoweth, Peter Gallagher, and John Barrymore.  Departing this Sunday at 3:00 sharp!

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5:43 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

This Week on Broadway to Main Street...GETTING AWAY WITH MURDER


Here are the Broadway musicals you'd kill for:  Sweeney Todd, Baker Street, A Gentlemen's Guide to Love and Murder and many others.  Poisoners, femme fatales, master criminals, wronged women--all with a song in their corrupt hearts.  Join our Rogue's Gallery, which includes Louis Armstrong, Faith Prince, Ethel Waters, Lotte Lenya and other performers on "Broadway to Main Street."  This Sunday at 3PM.

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