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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.

Find your own special island as we hop from one musical spot to the next: songs from Once on This Island, Come From Away, South Pacific, Pacific Overtures, and more, this Sunday at 3 PM, live or streaming.

What better way to spend July 4th weekend than with the original John Adams from 1776? An encore episode as William Daniels spends a special hour, live in our studio, talking about his distinguished career.

This Sunday at 3 PM, live or streaming.

We're joined by Deborah Grace Winer to celebrate those great ladies--Betty Comden, Dorothy Fields, Carolyn Leigh and more--in anticipation of the concert "Baby Dream Your Dream" at East Hampton's Guild Hall on July 8th. This Sunday at 3 PM, live or streaming.

Celebrate proud papas and powerful patriarchs with a special sneak preview of Joshua Henry's "Soliloquy" from the current Carousel, rounding out an hour of songs from Fiddler on the Roof, Les Miserables, Ragtime and more.  This Sunday at 3 PM, live or streaming.

Ease into Sunday night's telecast with the Tony Awards from 50 years ago!  All the major nominees and winners, including Robert Goulet, Leslie Uggams, Steve Lawrence, Melina Mercouri and more--what a wacky time! This Sunday at 3PM, live or streaming.

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