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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.

Get into the mood for next week's awards with musical selections from The Band's Visit, Frozen, SpongeBob, Mean Girls, My Fair Lady, and the other major nominees. A chance for our listeners to root for their favorites: This Sunday at 3PM, live or streaming!

We will be joined in the studio by author Todd S. Purdum to discuss the wonderful world of Rodgers and Hammerstein from his brand-new book which chronicles their revolutionary collaboration. Songs from all the major shows performed by Julie Andrews, Leslie Odom, Jr., Barbara Cook, and many others. This Sunday at 3PM, live or streaming.  

We provide a sneak preview of Audra McDonald's latest album--weeks ahead of its release in stores. Backed by the New York Philharmonic, Audra turns her titanic talents to Kander and Ebb, Sondheim, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Adam Guettel and more. This Sunday at 3PM, live or streaming.

Get ready for a front-pew seat celebrating next week's dynastic nuptials; framed by the score from the Fred Astaire/Jane Powell film, we'll look at musical marriages from Annie Get Your Gun, Company, and Kiss Me, Kate.  This Sunday at 3PM, live or streaming.

With the team's My Fair Lady ensconced at Lincoln Center, wouldn't it be loverly to hear some Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe? Popular recordings of their masterpieces from Frank Sinatra, Julie Andrews, Chet Baker, Nat "King" Cole, Ella Fitzgerald and the songwriters themselves. This Sunday at 3PM, live or streaming.  

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