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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.

Broadway's legendary songsmith turns 90--isn't it rich?  So we send in the tunes, our personal Sondheim favorites, sung by Barbra Streisand, Mel Torme, Audra McDonald, Barbara Cook and more.  This Sunday at 3PM, live or streaming.

An encore exploration of a brand-new book by your host, "Broadway to Main Street" with a survey of songs featured in this "must-have" volume about show tunes from Oxford University Press. This Sunday at 3PM, live or streaming.

Front and center, the most fierce and fearless heroines of the America musical demonstrate their performative persistence.  Jennifer Holliday, Barbra Streisand, Tammy Grimes, Julie Andrews, and more, this Sunday at 3PM, live or streaming.  

The secret word is "Broadway": a merry march through the music of the madcap Marxes--the songs of Groucho, Chico, Harpo, and sometimes Zeppo, from the movies and the Broadway shows they inspired. Hooray, hooray, hooray!  This Sunday at 3PM, live or streaming.  

With a nod to the new film, we present an encore broadcast, celebrating the moment when great Broadway performers became stars. The constellations include Barbra Streisand, Ethel Merman, Robert Goulet, Cynthia Erivo and more. This Sunday at 3PM, live or streaming.  

Velcome to BLOOD-Vay to Main Street's annual Halloween broadcast, with your host Count Larry Maslon taking you on a haunted houseful of spirits from the Broadway beyond!  Songs from Fiddler on the Roof, The Lion King, Next to Normal, and Ghost--scary, kids!  This Sunday at 3PM, live or streaming.

Go into your trance as we look at the "improbable" 1964 musical version of Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit, with a mélange of the Broadway cast, the London cast, a dash of cabaret singers, and Noel Coward himself.  This Sunday at 3PM, live or streaming.

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.

We celebrate "Doc" Simon's bountiful contribution to the American musical, with selections from Promises, Promises; Sweet Charity; Little Me; and more. This Sunday at 3 PM, live or streaming.

We take a detour to Detroit for Labor Day weekend; Motown's best artists--Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye, the Four Tops, the Jackson 5--get it together and knock some Broadway classics out of the ballpark! This Sunday at 3PM, live or streaming.

As a prelude to the Mabel Mercer Cabaret centennial tribute to Alan Jay Lerner at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center (August 31), we're running an encore retrospective of Lerner and Loewe's greatest hits with Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Julie Andrews, Robert Goulet and more.  This Sunday at 3 PM, live or streaming.

During vacation week, we're trading in Broadway for Hollywood and Vine: great title movie themes from the 1940s, '50s, and '60s, sung by Andy Williams, Dick Haymes, Peggy Lee, Tom Jones, Sinatra and many more. This Sunday at 3 PM, live or streaming.

Oh, what a star role, oh, what a show! To complement Bay Street Theater's current production, we'll tango through Lloyd Webber and Rice's score with a roundelay of Evas:  Patti LuPone, Elaine Paige, Elena Roger, and Madonna. This Sunday at 3 PM, live or streaming.

Postponed from last week: The decade of the 1940s was Broadway's greatest game changer: original cast recordings of Pal Joey, Oklahoma!, Annie Get Your Gun, Kiss Me Kate, South Pacific and so much more. This Sunday at 3PM, live or streaming.

The decade of the 1940s was Broadway's greatest game changer: original cast recordings of Pal Joey, Oklahoma!, Annie Get Your Gun, Kiss Me Kate, South Pacific and so much more. This Sunday at 3PM, live or streaming.

In anticipation of the documentary "Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me" playing at Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center July 31st - August 2nd, we present the Wham of Sam at his best: songs from The Pajama Game, Carousel, Sweet Charity, Les Miz, and more. This Sunday at 3 PM, live or streaming.

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