Broadway to Main Street is a radio program where the greatest songs of the Broadway stage meet popular culture in America.

You can listen to this week's show or scroll through the archives of more than 500 different episodes celebrating the timeless tunes and traditions of the American Musical Theater. Hosted and produced by Laurence Maslon for WLIW, Long Island’s only NPR station, each podcast has its own theme and topic.  It’s the best seat in the house for your Broadway favorites—and new songs and shows just waiting to be discovered by you.


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Broadway’s Legendary Stars, Classic Shows, and the Cocktails They Inspired by Laurence Maslon


About the Creator

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. His most recent book is an updated third edition (2020) companion volume to the PBS series Broadway: The American Musical. He is also the host and producer of the radio series, Broadway to Main Street on the NPR radio station WLIW-FM. The program is winner of the 2019 ASCAP Foundation/Deems Taylor Award for Radio Broadcast. He is the writer and coproducer of the American Masters documentary, Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me, broadcast on PBS in 2019, as well as the American Masters documentary Richard Rodgers: The Sweetest Sounds in 2001 and with producer/director Michael Kantor, he cowrote the PBS series Make ‘Em Laugh (earning an Emmy nomination for Best Writing for a Documentary) and two episodes of the Emmy-winning Broadway: The American Musical as well as its companion volume.  His history of recorded music from Broadway, Broadway to Main Street: How Show Music Enchanted America, was published in 2018 by Oxford University Press. Other books include The Sound of Music Companion, The South Pacific Companion, and Superheroes:  Capes, Cowls, and the Creation of Comic Book Culture (a companion to the PBS series, which he also wrote).  He served on the nominating committee for the Tony Awards from 2007 to 2010. He was written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, the New Yorker, Opera News, Stagebill, and American Theatre.  His upcoming book, I’ll Drink to That!: Broadway Cocktails in 2023.