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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.

A re-broadcast of our tribute to one of the most delightful leading lady of the 1960s, Inga Swenson. Rare recordings plus original Broadway albums from 110 in the Shade and Baker Street, this Sunday at 3PM, live or streaming.

For our Broadway look at the holidays, we're joined by T. Oliver Reid from the new revival of Once on This Island, with songs performed by Judy Garland, Kathleen Battle, Sammy Davis, Jr., Barbara Cook, and more. This Christmas Eve at 3PM, and Christmas Day at 10AM, live or streaming.

It's a bright shiny stocking stuffer for Broadway enthusiasts: an hour of stunning music by the delightful leading lady of the 1960s, Inga Swenson. Rare recordings plus original Broadway albums, this Sunday at 3PM, live or streaming.

We're joined by Richard Barrios, author of TCM's "Must-See Musicals," to travel through great film musicals based on great stage shows: On The Town, The Sound of Music, Cabaret, Chicago, and more. This Sunday at 3PM, live or streaming. (Followed by a broadcast of last week's missed broadcast, "Come Follow the Band.")

The recently arrived The Band's Visit leads the big parade of all sorts of Broadway bands along Main Street, from Barnum to The Music Man, from Strike Up the Band to School of Rock, plus a sneak peek from The Band's Visit. This Sunday at 3PM, live or streaming.

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