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Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Suffs by Michael Portantiere

Original Broadway Cast, 2024 (Atlantic) Shaina Taub has previously shown skill in composing scores for The Public Theater’s musical adaptations of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and As You …

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Saturday, June 1, 2024

Here We Are by Michael Portantiere

Off-Broadway Cast, 2024 (Concord Theatricals) As staged Off-Broadway at The Shed in late 2023, Sondheim’s final musical — which combines two experimental José Luis Buñuel films to crea…

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Tuesday, May 28, 2024

The Outsiders by Michael Portantiere

Original Broadway Cast, 2024 (Masterworks Broadway)  The Outsiders followed the popular book-to-movie-to-musical path to Broadway in 2024. It started out as a novel written by teenage autho…

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Sunday, May 5, 2024

Gutenberg! The Musical by Michael Portantiere

Original  Off-Broadway Cast, 2009 (PS Classics) Scott Brown and Anthony King developed this two-person comic gem about two composers writing a musical. The fictional writers have created a …

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Monday, April 22, 2024

The Notebook by Michael Portantiere

Original Broadway Cast, 2024 (Atlantic) The Notebook wears its heart on its sleeve. And why wouldn’t it? From Nicholas Sparks’ novel to Nick Cassavetes’ film to Ingrid Michaelson’s B…

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Saturday, April 20, 2024

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson by Michael Portantiere

Original Cast, 2010 (Ghostlight) Before Hamilton took the world by storm in 2016 with a musical style previously underrepresented on Broadway and a story featuring American historical figure…

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First Daughter Suite by Michael Portantiere

Original Off-Broadway Cast, 2016 (Ghostlight, 2CDs) One of the great joys of studying and reviewing musical theater cast recordings is tracking the growth and maturity of an artist. Composer…

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Monday, April 15, 2024

Something’s Afoot by Michael Portantiere

Studio Cast, 2020 (JAY Records) Nearly 50 years after the show’s opening and short-lived stint on Broadway in 1976, this long-awaited studio recording captures the highs and lows of Someth…

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Bernarda Alba by Michael Portantiere

Off-Broadway Cast, 2006 (Ghostlight) This recording begins with a thrilling and percussive “Prologue” that lays out the haunting story of Bernarda Alba, the recently-widowed mother of fi…

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Thursday, April 11, 2024

Big Fish by Michael Portantiere

Original Broadway Cast, 2014 (Broadway Records) Big Fish arrived on Broadway in 2013 with a score by Andrew Lippa and was imaginatively directed by Susan Stroman, but it did not last more th…

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Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Spongebob Squarepants by Michael Portantiere

Original Cast, 2017 (Masterworks Broadway) The Spongebob Squarepants album — recorded following the Chicago tryout, before most of the cast transferred to Broadway — succeeds largely thr…

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Monday, April 1, 2024

The Gardens of Anuncia by Michael Portantiere

Original Off-Broadway Cast, 2024 (Sh-K-Boom) From the shimmery first notes of The Gardens of Anuncia, listeners will get the feeling they’re entering a magical land. What follows is a gem …

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Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Little Women by Michael Portantiere

Original Broadway Cast, 2005 (Ghostlight) No stars; not recommended. Among the most unsatisfying of modern musicals are those poorly done adaptations of classic literature that achieve succe…

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Saturday, December 30, 2023

I Can’t Keep Running in Place by Michael Portantiere

Original Off-Broadway Cast, 1981 (Painted Smiles) This musical about a six-week women’s assertiveness training workshop came across as little more than an audition piece for Barbara Schott…

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Man in the Moon by Michael Portantiere

Original Broadway Cast, 1963 (Golden Records/no CD) The puppets of Bil and Cora Baird were all over early television, as well as being featured in the Broadway musical Flahooley and the film…

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Half-Past Wednesday/Rumpelstiltskin by Michael Portantiere

Original Off-Broadway Cast, 1962 (Columbia/no CD) No stars, not recommended. The success of Once Upon a Mattress inspired several other fairy tale musicals, including this one — but the au…

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Fermat’s Last Tango by Michael Portantiere

Original Off-Broadway Cast, 2002 (Original Cast Records) A musical about a math problem? It’s a crazy notion, but composer-lyricist Joshua Rosenblum and librettist-lyricist Joanne Sydney L…

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Cowgirls by Michael Portantiere

Original Off-Broadway Cast, 1996 (Varèse Sarabande)  This cute little show, with music and lyrics by Mary Murfitt and a book by Betsy Howie, had a decent run Off-Broadway in 1996. The song…

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Greenwich Village U.S.A. by Michael Portantiere

Original Off-Broadway Cast, 1960 (20th Century Fox/no CD) No stars, not recommended. Some people have a blind affection for 1950s and ’60s revues, but being blind doesn’t mean that you …

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Tuesday, December 26, 2023

The Show Goes On: A Portfolio of Theater Songs by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt by Michael Portantiere

Off-Broadway Cast, 1998 (DRG) There are plenty of small delights — simple little things, one might say — to be found in this live recording of the York Theatre Company’s revue, in whic…

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Tuck Everlasting by Michael Portantiere

Broadway Cast, 2016 (DMI Soundtracks) Not much seems worth immortalizing when it comes to the Broadway adaptation of Natalie Babbitt’s beloved 1975 children’s novel Tuck Everlasting, in …

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Monday, December 25, 2023

A Christmas Story by Michael Portantiere

World Premiere Recording, 2012 (Masterworks Broadway) In this stage adaptation of the film of the same title about a boy who really wants a BB gun for Christmas, songwriters Benj Pasek and J…

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Saturday, December 16, 2023

Days of Wine and Roses by Michael Portantiere

Original Broadway Cast, 2023 (Nonesuch) Days of Wine and Roses marks the first musical with a score by composer/lyricist Adam Guettel that has been produced since Guettel’s triumph with Th…

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Thursday, November 2, 2023

Talkin' Broadway - Interview with Douglas Sills: "The Frogs"- 11/2/23 by Michael Portantiere

Douglas Sills will always be remembered and beloved by theatre lovers for his bravura performance as the star of the first incarnation of the Frank Wildhorn-Nan Knighton musical The Scarlet …

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Sunday, October 29, 2023

Evening Primrose by Michael Portantiere

Television Cast, 1966 (Kritzerland) Stephen Sondheim provided a brief but compelling score for this TV musical with a teleplay by James Goldman, based on a short story by John Collier. It te…

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Friday, October 27, 2023


Jonathan Tunick receives his Sardi's portrait. Photos by Michael Portantiere.

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Monday, October 23, 2023

Back to the Future by Michael Portantiere

Original London Cast, 2022 (Masterworks Broadway) No stars; not recommended. These days, when you hear that a beloved movie is getting turned into a musical,  it sounds less like an announ…

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Saturday, October 21, 2023

13 by Michael Portantiere

Original Broadway Cast, 2008 (Ghostlight) Musical theater writers from Strouse and Adams to Pasek and Paul have tried to write musicals capturing the spirit of what it means to be a teenager…

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Sunday, October 8, 2023

Harmony by Michael Portantiere

Original Broadway Cast, 2023 (Sh-K-Boom) It took Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman’s musical Harmony 26 years to get to Broadway, over four times as long a period as the Comedian Harmonists …

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Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Big City Rhythm by Michael Portantiere

Original Off-Broadway Cast, 1996 (Original Cast Records) The heyday of the intimate revue may have been decades ago, but some good ones have surfaced more recently. Consider Barry Kleinbort�…

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Bed & Sofa by Michael Portantiere

Original Off-Broadway Cast, 1976 (Varese Sarabande) A stylized, three-character “silent movie opera” by composer Polly Pen and playwright Lawrence Klavan, Bed & Sofa premiered just o…

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All that Chat

May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards