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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.

Forsooth! We're having a Middle Ages crisis on our program, verily, with songs from Camelot, A Connecticut Yankee, Spamalot, Canterbury Tales and others. This Sunday at 3PM, live or streaming.

Cabaret virtuoso Eric Comstock joins us in the studio to honor the supreme musicianship of Mel Tormé; songs by Berlin, Rodgers and Hart, Jule Styne, Cy Coleman, and the Velvet Fog himself.  This Sunday at 3 PM, live or streaming.

Great shows--Funny Girl, South Pacific, Evita, Les Misérables--and the great songs you forgot were in them: the stealth ballads that fly under the radar and break your heart. Streisand, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Julie Andrews and more. This Sunday at 3PM, live or streaming.

The sidekicks and supporting players that kept Broadway in stitches for decades: scene-stealers from The Producers, Waitress, Guys and Dolls, and more. This Sunday at 3 PM, live or streaming.

A look at a brand-new book by your host, "Broadway to Main Street"--yes!--with a survey of songs featured in this recently released volume about show tunes from Oxford University Press. This Sunday at 3PM, live or streaming.

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