Laurence Maslon is an arts professor in the Graduate Acting Program at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. He has written several books about musical theater and popular culture, including The South Pacific Companion, The Some Like It Hot Companion, and co-wrote (with Michael Kantor) the companion volume to the Emmy-Winning documentary Broadway: The American Musical. He is also the host of the weekly radio series "Broadway to Main Street" and the editor of American Musicals (1927-1969) for the Library of America.
"I'm checking out a gorgeous Sound of Music Companion that's coming out next month. It's by theater/film aficionado Laurence Maslon, whose books on Broadway musicals are treasure-troves of information. This looks to be the same, with hundreds of pictures from both the Mary Martin Broadway production and (mostly) from the movie. There's also a foreward by Julie Andrews. From what I've read so far, it's a pretty sumptuous feast for fans - soon to be 'one of my favorite things.'" -NPR "The iconic movie, released in March 1965, is also the subject of [a] fine new book, Laurence Maslon's The Sound of Music Companion . . . " -Parade "If you love The Sound of Music (and who doesn't?) you are in for a treat. The Sound of Music Companion is a beautiful, extensive coffee-table book full of fun facts and interesting, little-known details about the von Trapp family, the Broadway musical, and of course the beloved movie." -San Francisco Book Review "From Vienna to Vermont, from Broadway to Hollywood, this gorgeous coffee table book details the real life of the Von Trapp family from the international box office bonanza. Author Laurence Masion, a professor from New York University, has gathered 170 photos as well as original lyrics, storyboards, and behind-the-scenes footage for this treasured book. -National Examiner