Maslon on NPR's "Race Card"


On NPR's "Race Card" program, I spoke with host Michele Norris about Oscar Hammerstein and the song "You've Got to Be Carefully Taught" from SOUTH PACIFIC. Check the link below:



Maslon on NPR's "Studio 360"


A broadcast from earlier in the year; I talk about "Anything Goes" and Cole Porter's influence on American culture.




Maslon talks about Orson Welles


From last October: a very smart program about Orson Welles and the 50th Anniversary of The War of the Worlds; I weigh in on its cultural impact on Depression-era America.



The Tony Awards – Quoted in WSJ 4/27/2014


This year's four eligible productions for best revival of a musical are competitive, but they have raised questions around the rules for eligibility. One production, "Cabaret," is a remounting of Roundabout Theatre Company's 1998 Tony-winning production. Two shows, "Violet," starring Sutton Foster, and "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," with Neil Patrick Harris, weren't previously shown on Broadway.

"They clearly have taken as liberal a definition of 'revival' as you could possibly have," said Laurence Maslon, arts professor at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. "They're not reviving Broadway shows. They're reviving off-Broadway shows. It's a lot of blurring of lines." 


Encores! Pre-Show Seminar: Tuesday, May 6th


I'll be hosting my final Encores! pre-show seminar on Tuesday, May 6th from 6 to 7PM.  The show is the great French musical IRMA LA DOUCE (see the B2MS episode "French Accent") and my guest will be the great pianist/artistic director Steven Blier, from the New York Festival of Song.  Contact me via the "Contact" site if you're interested.


April 13, 2014

American Musicals (1927 – 1969) Arrives Fall 2014


Here’s a project I’ve been working on for five years: editing the Library of America anthology of sixteen great works of art:  American Musicals (1927 – 1969), an unprecedented two-volume set of our finest books and lyrics.  Three of these titles will be in print for the first time; several other have been out of print for ages—all of them are essential for the library of any musical theater fan.  Place your order quickly:  I’ll have more to say about the collection when it’s released in the fall of 2014.


April 13, 2014

Act Two: A Swell Party with Moss Hart and Friends


My longtime affection and association with Moss Hart has reached a glorious peak with two Hart-felt events.  First, I had the privilege of writing the lead article in the Lincoln Center Theatre Review for Lincoln Center’s production of James Lapine’s adaptation of the great Act One.  (Click on “Articles” to read it.)  And I have been busily assembling the script for the Lincoln Center Theater Gala evening on April 21st at 8PM:  “Act Two:  A Swell Party with Moss Hart and Friends”.

This is going to be a terrific event, with Stephen Colbert, Victoria Clark, David Garrison, Lewis J. Stadlen, Kelli O’Hara and others, celebrating the genius of Moss Hart—try to catch it:  one night only!

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